Understanding molecular mechanisms of microbial processes
The Institute of Microbiology and Infection (IMI) was established in 2011 as a cross-college initiative bringing together research groups from across campus. Mainly located in the School of Biosciences, research within the Institute is diverse, encompassing fundamental science of model organisms to the biochemical and biophysical analysis of microbial components to transnational research on key pathogens of medical and veterinary importance.
Collectively, researchers in the IMI are expert microbiologists, immunologists, biochemists and chemists, with technical expertise in next generation sequencing, genomics, proteomics, molecular and structural biology, biotechnology and modelling. Combined with a key network of internal and external collaboration, this expertise enables our researchers to utilise multi-disciplinary approaches to develop internationally recognised programmes of research. Our major interests include pathogenomics, chromosome architecture and gene regulation, plasmids and mobile DNA, physiology and adaptive response, cell wall structure and membrane proteins, pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions, infection and host-immune response, antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance and environmental biotechnology.
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