Director of the Birmingham Drug Discovery Facility
In 2010 Dr Luke Alderwick was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology and he is one of the youngest members of academic staff in the School of Biosciences. His many research interests revolve around understanding the biochemistry and molecular genetics of cell wall assembly in Mycobacterium tuberculosis,which is the causative bacterial agent of TB infections. ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45472
Bardrick Professor of Microbial Physiology and Chemistry
Professor Besra heads a world-leading multidisciplinary team investigating key aspects of the microbial physiology of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis cell wall and the potential role of iNKT/CD1d therapeutics. He has been awarded and successfully managed over 35 research grants valued at over £11 million from The Wellcome Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 58125
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology
Program Leader- MSc Microbiology and Infection
Dr. Bhatt is a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology in the School of Biosciences. A prestigious Fellowship- a Career Development Award from the Medical Research Council-enabled him to set up his research group at the University of Birmingham in 2006. Dr.Bhatt’s research interests include studying pathogenic mycobacteria and how they cause disease, with a particular focus on Mycobacteri ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45893
Professor of Biochemistry
Head of School
Research in Steve Busby’s lab is concerned with understanding the molecular mechanisms that control gene expression in bacteria, with particular attention to studying the regulation of transcription initiation in Escherichia coli. Much of the recent work has focussed on the expression of virulence determinants in pathogenic strains.
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45402
Professor of Functional Immunity
Adam Cunningham is a researcher based in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences’ School of Immunity and Infection. In addition he is part of the vaccinology and immunomodulation theme in the newly formed cross-College Institute of Microbiology and Infection and a member of the well established MRC Centre for Immune Regulation.
Adam’s research primarily focuses on the ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4068
Reader in Molecular Microbiology
Dr Grainger is an expert in the field of bacterial chromosome biology. He relocated his laboratory to the University of Birmingham in March 2011 having previously established a successful research group at the University of Warwick. He is a life-long supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and attributes his capacity to cope with the frequent disappointments that befall a research scientist to ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45437
MRC CDA Fellow
Rebecca joined the University of Birmingham as a fellow in March 2014, and is supported by an independent MRC Career Development Award. With expertise in fungal molecular biology, host-pathogen interactions and environmental sensing, Rebecca is interested in researching what she terms fungal neighbourhood watch. Rebecca has worked on a variety of organisms, investigating how they orchestrate ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45581
Professor of Microbial Biology
Ian Henderson is Professor of Microbial Biology in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.
Ian has published over 70 articles in the fields of bacteriology, biochemistry and infection immunology. He has received major grants from the Medical Research Council and the Biotechnolofy and Biological Sciences Research Council.
Ian is ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4368
Damon Huber is interested in using a combination of biochemistry and molecular genetics to address complex biological problems in bacteria. The research in his lab is focused on the transport of proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane by the Sec machinery in bacteria, protein folding, and the connection between folding and transport. Damon is a Birmingham Fellow who joined the Institute of ...
Eva Hyde's research interests are how proteins recognise their appropriate ligands; this includes the recognition of substrates by enzymes and the binding of proteins to their cognate operator DNA and to other proteins. She has extensive experience in NMR spectroscopy and complementary biophysical techniques, such as fluorescence and circular dichroism, and, more recently, in small angle ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45393
Birmingham Fellow and EMBO Fellow
Anne-Marie Krachler joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow and EMBO Fellow in 2012 and is based at the Institute of Microbiology and Infection within the School of Biosciences. Her lab studies interactions between bacterial pathogens and their host and how this knowledge can be used to fight bacterial infections and gain novel insight into eukaryotic signaling ...
Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 7417
Teaching and Research Fellow
Dr Lee’s research focuses on the regulation of gene expression in bacteria, with particular interest in understanding how the organized bacterial chromosome impacts on, and is impacted by, transcription events. In addition, he is interested in how horizontally acquired genes, particularly transcription factors, impact upon gene expression.
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5439
As Head of the Biological Sciences Programmes I am responsible for the overall shape of the degree programme. I am also the Masters Programmes coordinator for the School of Biosciences.
My main academic interests are in Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology. I teach microbiology, focusing on bacteria and their role in human health and disease.
One of my other ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45482
I am a recently appointed lecturer and my research interests involve utilising structural biology (and related techniques) to investigate protein function – many of these projects involve the unusual predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio; see “Research” below and be enthused!
Here is a link to a presentation at an EMBO meeting discussing our general ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45419
Reader in Molecular Microbiology
Research in our group focusses on stress responses, using prokaryotes as model systems, and using a range of appropriate methods to understand both the mechanistic details and the adaptive significance of different aspects of organismal responses to stress. We have specific interests in molecular chaperones and in acid stress responses, and also a more general interest in methods ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45583/+44 (0)121 41 45925
Professor of Applied Microbiology
Lynne Macaskie has been working for more than 25 years on applications of microorganisms in various areas of Biotechnology for the Environment. Her interests range from bioremediation of xenobiotics and heavy metals through to nuclear waste treatment and biomineral encapsulation and barrier agents for this.
Over the last 15 years she has moved into hydrogen ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45889
Lister Fellow & Professor of Infectious Disease
I am Professor of Infectious Disease and Lister Fellow in the School of Biosciences. My research centres on human infectious diseases, with a particular focus on the molecular basis of host-pathogen interactions.
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45418
Academic Director - Birmingham Foundation Academy
Dr Steve Minchin has an interest in transcriptional control at both the molecular and genomic level. He has a strong interest in research-led teaching, innovation and quality management. In 2009 he was awarded the Head of Schools’ Award for Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning.
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45438/+44 (0)121 41 51102
Emeritus Professor of Microbial Chemistry
Professor David Minnikin is an expert on the chemistry of the lipids of mycobacteria, particularly those of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae. He was the originator of the definitive model of the mycobacterial cell envelope and showed that constituent long-chain mycolic acids fold specifically to form the basis of a characteristic outer membrane. He has shown that it is ...
Telephone 0121 415 8126
Dr Tim Overton is a biochemist and molecular microbiologist who is interested in applying molecular biology and single-cell techniques to understand and develop bioprocesses. He is active in microbial flow cytometry research and collaborates widely with bioprocess engineers, molecular microbiologists, cell biologists and environmental microbiologists to develop new methods of answering ...
Telephone (+44) (0) 121 414 5306
Professor of Microbiology
Deputy Director, Institute of Microbiology and Infection
BSAC Chair in Public Engagement
Laura Piddock is Professor of Microbiology. Since she started her PhD in 1982, she has been at the forefront of antimicrobial research. Laura started her career in a clinical environment and has successfully integrated this background with academic research. She has published 158 original articles in international peer reviewed journals, 41 invited review articles, 43 research letters, ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 6966
Professor of Molecular Genetics
Professor Thomas joined the University of Birmingham in 1980 as a Lecturer in the Department of Genetics and has been Professor of Molecular Genetics since 1991. He is an internationally recognised authority on bacterial plasmid and mobile DNA and within the university has championed Biotechnology. He was also a founder of the successful Medici Programme that encourages development of ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45903
Lecturer in Eukaryotic Microbiology
Dr Voelz is a lecturer in eukaryotic microbiology with a research interest in host-pathogen interactions. She investigates how fungal pathogens circumvent and hijack innate immune responses to establish disease using a zebrafish larval model. In particular she aims to decode how fungi initiate spore germination, why the immune system sometimes fails to inhibit this process and how this ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5561
Senior Research Fellow
Marks research is focused on antimicrobial action and resistance with specific interests in bacterial evolution in response to stress, mechanisms of biofilm formation and transferrable resistance as well as numerous other smaller areas of study. Mark co-heads the Antimicrobials Research Group with Professor Laura Piddock.
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 2859