We are interested in using information about the molecular microbiology and physiology of bacteria to develop bioprocesses. We focus on two types of bioprocesses:
- Those that generate high-value products (recombinant protein biopharmaceuticals, polymers, small molecules); and
- Those that are designed to eliminate contaminating bacteria from product streams (foods, waste streams).
Bacterial responses to stress and the regulatory events underpinning those responses are frequently similar in both types of bioprocess, so synergy is achieved by investigating both areas simultaneously. Running through all research areas are the techniques of flow cytometry and molecular biology.
We are based in the School of Chemical Engineering, and we are also members of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection.
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