Microbiology

The School draws on a long tradition of basic and applied microbiological research. The microbiota are the most abundant and widely distributed organisms and at the molecular level are by far the most diverse. In addition to the well-known importance of microbes to infectious disease and environmental processes, microbiology has had a central role in the development of molecular biology. The field of microbiology is itself now undergoing a revolution as new developments in molecular biology are in turn applied to the study of microorganisms. Our research activity is focused on this new era, where applications of molecular biology to the study of microorganisms are giving new insights into fundamental biological processes and leading to the development of new technologies. Our research strengths are in the overlapping areas of microbial ecology, molecular genetics and the evolution of microbes. Specific areas of research activity include bacterial cell division, bacterial and fungal pathogenesis, mobile genetic elements (integrons, transposons), microbial community structure, and bacterial evolution (including origins of pathogenic forms, origins of antibiotic resistance, and chemostat-based laboratory models of evolution).

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