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Applied Microbiology


Applied Microbiology research

We study the causes, diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases associated with human, veterinary and agricultural pathogens.

Our research areas include

Diseases we research include


The group also collaborates with key international networks and federations for microbial systematic and bacterial preservation for biotechnological exploitation and advancement.

Key researchers and research areas

Dr Martina Jelocnik
  • Veterinary microbiology
  • Molecular microbiology and epidemiology
  • Molecular epidemiology and comparative genomics of chlamydial species infecting human, livestock and wildlife hosts
  • Development of molecular diagnostic tests
  • Investigating zoonotic potential of chlamydiae
David McMillan
Dr David McMillan
  • Pathogenesis and prevention of Streptococcus pyogenes infections
  • Discovery of novel antibiotics
  • Hospital and Health acquired infections
Derek Sarovich
Dr Derek Sarovich
  • Bioinformatics
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Diagnostics
  • Microbiology
  • Next-generation sequencing
Nicole Masters
Dr Nicole Masters
  • Water microbiology
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Biomedical science communication
Erin Price
Associate Professor Erin Price
  • Microbial (meta) genomics and (meta) transcriptomics
  • Respiratory infectious diseases (cystic fibrosis, chronic Obstructive pulmonary disease, COVID-19, bronchiectasis)
  • Microbiology
  • Real-time PCR diagnostics
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Bacterial pathogens
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Engineering Dr Joanne Macdonald.
Associate Professor Joanne Macdonald
  • Molecular engineering
  • Molecular computing and automata
  • Diagnostic technology
  • Virology and epidemiology
  • Biochemistry and drug development
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Biomedical and Health science
  • Water and environment
Dr Mohammad Katouli
Associate Professor Mohammad Katouli
  • Molecular pathogenesis of septicaemic and uropathogenic E. coli and the host response to infection
  • Interaction of microbial biotherapeutic with the human gut epithelium and the immune response.
  • Inhibitory effect of probiotics on bacterial translocation
  • Prevalence and persistence of antibiotic resistance genes in hospital, sewage and surface waters
  • Microbial source tracking and the impact of faecal pollution of surface waters on human health
  • Population structure of gut E. coli and their role in causing urinary tract infection
Peter Timms
Professor Peter Timms
  • Chlamydia
  • Genomics
  • Vaccine developments
  • Diagnostics
  • Molecular pathogenesis