Research project themes

PhD projects will be developed during the first year in consultation with the selected supervisors chosen from research themes that include:

  • Targeting the Gram-negative bacterial cell envelope
  • Unconventional approaches to eradicating bacterial pathogens
  • Smart materials
  • Surface and secreted antigens, host interactions and vaccines
  • Genomic epidemiology, bacterial evolution and antibiotic resistance

Potential supervisors - University of Birmingham

Name and title

Research Interests

Alderwick, Luke
Director, Drug Discovery Unit
School of Biosciences

Mycobacterial Cell wall and drug discovery

Ballou, Elizabeth
BBSRC Anniversary Future Leader Fellow, Lecturer in Cellular Microbiology
School of Biosciences

Cell biologist and genetics

Besra, Gurdyal
Bardrick Professor of Microbial Physiology and Chemistry
School of Biosciences

Mycobacterial Cell wall and mechanisms of action of anti-tuberculosis antibiotics

Bhatt, Apoorva
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology
School of Biosciences

Mycobacterial Cell wall

Blair, Jessica
BBSRC David Phillips Fellow

Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance

Brucker, Robert
Lecturer in Microbial Genomics
School of BIosciences

Microbial genomics

Buckner, Michelle
Research Fellow (AXA Research Fund)

Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance

Busby, Steve
Professor of Biochemistry
School of Biosciences

 Bacterial transcription and genome organisation

Cox, Liam
Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
School of Chemistry

 Organic synthesis and Chemical Biology: TB drug discovery; Development of vaccine adjuvants

Cunningham, Adam
Professor of Functional Immunity
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Vaccine development and Immune responses to bacterial antigens

Dafforn, Tim
Professor of Biotechnology
School of Biosciences

 Bacterial cell division and biophysics

Fernandez-Trillo, P.
John Evans Fellow in Nanotechnology
School of Chemistry

 Development of novel polymeric antimicrobial materials

Futterer, Klaus
Reader in Structural Biology
School of Biosciences

 Structural biology of bacterial cell envelope components

Grainger, Dave
Reader in Molecular Microbiology
School of Biosciences

 Chromatin organisation and bacterial transcription

Hall, Rebecca
MRC CDA Fellow
School of Biosciences

 Fungal host-pathogen interactions

Hardy, Katie
Lecturer (AAMR)
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance

Hawkey, Peter
Professor of Public Health and Clinical Bacteriology
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and transfer of resistance

Henderson, Ian
Professor of Microbial Biology
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Understanding the Bacterial cell envelope and its interaction with the host

Horsnell, William
Reader in Immunity and Infection
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Regulation of Host immunity by helminths

Huber, Damon
Birmingham Fellow
School of Biosciences

 Protein translocation across the inner membrnae translocation

Jabbari, Sara
Birmingham Fellow
School of Mathematics

 Modelling of gene regulation networks using both numerical and analytical approaches

Knowles, Tim
Research Fellow
School of Biosciences

NMR Structural Biology of bacterial antigens

Kreft, Jan-Ulrich
Lecturer in Computational Biology
School of Biosciences

 Modelling of biofilms

Kuehne, Sarah
Lecturer in Oral Microbiology
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Oral microbiology

McNally, Alan
Senior Lecturer in Microbial Genomics
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Microbial genomics

Loman, Nick
Independent Research Fellow
School of Biosciences

 Bacterial genomics

Lovering, Andy
Senior Lecturer
School of Biosciences

 Structural biology of bacterial proteins

Lund, Peter
Reader in Molecular Microbiology
School of Biosciences

 Acid resistance and chaperones

Macaskie, Lynne
Professor of Applied Microbiology
School of BIosciences

Bioremediation

May, Robin
Lister Fellow & Professor of Infectious Disease
School of Biosciences

 Fungal host-pathogen interactions

Mitchell, Andrea
Research Fellow
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Vaccine development and Host-pathogen interactions 

Mitchell, Tim
Professor of Microbial Infection and Immunity
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Vaccine development and Host-pathogen interactions 

Moynihan, Patrick
BBSRC Research Fellow
School of Biosciences

Peptidoglycan biosynthesis in mycobacterium tuberculosis

O’Shea, Matt
Clinical Lecturer
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Vaccine development and Immune responses to bacterial antigens

Piddock, Laura
Professor of Microbiology 
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and antimicrobial discovery

Rossiter, Amanda
Wellcome Research Fellow

 Bacterial host-pathogen interactions

van Schaik, Willem
Professor in Microbiology and Infection
College of Medical and Dental Sciences

 Microbial genomics

Simpkins, Nigel
Professor of Chemistry
School of Chemistry

 Organic synthesis

Thomas, Chris
Professor of Molecular Genetics
School of Biosciences

 Plasmid biology and synthetic biology of antimicrobial production

Tucker, Jim
Professor of Supramolecular Chemistry
School of Chemistry

 Supramolecular systems and functional DNA-based assemblies

Voelz, Kerstin
Lecturer in Eukaryotic Microbiology
School of Biosciences

 Fungal host-pathogen interactions

Winn, Peter
Lecturer
School of Biosciences

 Molecular modelling of biomoleculesPotential supervisors - University of Nottingham



Name and title

 Research Interests

Alexander, Cameron
Professor in School of Pharmacy 

Therapeutic polymers, Materials for Quorum Sensing detection and inactivation, Disruption of bacterial pathways for anti-microbial polymer/materials synthesis

Alexander, Morgan
Professor in School of Pharmacy 

Developing novel biomaterials to reduce medical device centred infections

Atherton, John
Professor in School of Medicine

 Eradication of Helicobacter pylori infections

Atkinson, Steve
Lecturer in School of Life Sciences

 Yersinia, quorum sensing , quorum quenching and pathogenicity

Barrow, Paul
Professor in School of Veterinary Medicine

Use of bacteriophages to control AMR infections and deliver CRISPR-Cas to neutralise AMR gene expression

Bayston, Roger
Professor in School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
Biofilms, antimicrobials and implanted medical devices

Bonev, Boyan Lecturer in School of Life Sciences

Biophysical, structural and computational approaches to investigate the structure and assembly of the bacterial membranes and cell envelope

Bolt, Ed
Associate Professor in School of Life Sciences

New antibiotic targets in bacterial CRISPR-Cas and DNA replication: genetic and biochemical screens using small chemical libraries

Cámara, Miguel
Professor in School of Life Sciences

Targeting quorum sensing and virulence as an alternative antimicrobial strategy

Chan, Weng
Associate Professor in School of Life Sciences

 Discovery and development of lipophilic macrocycle antibiotics as anti-virulent and anti-bacterial agents

Delahay, Robert
Lecturer in School of Medicine

Targeting the mechanisms of acquisition, stability and virulence function of mobile genetic elements harbouring bacterial virulence and resistance determinants

Emsley, Jonas
Professor in School of Pharmacy

Protein crystallographic investigations of  the structure of antimicrobial   inhibitor-protein target complexes

Fischer, Peter
Professor in School of Pharmacy

Discovery and medicinal chemistry of small-molecule anti-bacterial agents relevant to AMR

Gershkovic, Pavel
Lecturer in School of Pharmacy

Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of antimicrobial agents. Targeted delivery of antimicrobials to increase treatment efficiency and to overcome resistance

Hardie, Kim
Associate Professor in School of Life Sciences

Identification and characterization of antimicrobial strategies that target the production and function of extracellular virulence factors

Heeb, Stephan
Lecturer in School of Life Sciences

 Reducing antibiotic multidrug tolerance (persistence) in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Hill, Phil
Associate Professor in School of Biosciences

 Reporter and imaging systems for antimicrobial screening and efficacy evaluation

Hirst, Jonathan
Professor in School of Chemistry

Application of computational chemistry to the study of the structure, dynamics and spectroscopy of biological molecules

Hobman, Jon
Associate Professor in School of Biosciences 

 The co-selection problem: antibiotic and antimicrobial metal resistance down on the farm

Huett, Alan
Assistant Professor in School of Life Sciences

Novel bacterial effectors, host-pathogen interactions, and disrupting host cell manipulation as an anti-virulence strategy

Kellam, Barrie
Professor in School of Pharmacy

Discovery and medicinal chemistry of small-molecule anti-biofilm agents as potential new antimicrobials

King, John
Professor in School of Maths

 Evolution and systems biology of drug resistance to antibiotic-drug combinations

Knox, Alan
Professor in School of Medicine

 Host-bacterial interactions in the lung

Mahida, Yash
Professor in School of Medicine

 Exploiting the healthy human microflora as an antimicrobial tool to combat bacterial infections

Martinez-Pomares, Luisa
Associate Professor in School of Life Sciences

 Harnessing the antimicrobial activity of innate immune cells through immunotherapy

Minton, Nigel
Professor in School of Life Sciences

The development of more effective countermeasures against clostridial pathogens, primarily Clostridium difficile

Moody, Chris
Professor in School of Chemistry

Design, synthesis and evaluation of novel antibacterial agents based on natural products

Moses, John
Associate Professor in School of Chemistry

Chemical Biology of Antibiotics/Click Chemistry

Penfold, Chris
Lecturer in School of Life Sciences

Characterisation of novel bacteriocins with potent antimicrobial activity’

Robinson, Karen
Associate Professor in School of Medicine

 Eradication of Helicobacter pylori infections

Searle, Mark
Professor in School of Chemistry

 Structural biology (NMR at highfield); biophysics; ligand-receptor interactions

Sockett, Liz
Professor in School of Life Sciences

 Predatory bacteria- pathogen interactions

Soultanos, Panos
Professor in School of Chemistry

 Antimicrobials  against DNA replication and bacterial attachment; novel antimicrorbial peptides

Stekel, Dov
Associate Professor in School of Biosciences

 Mathematical models for antimicrobial resistance: from molecules to populations

Stocks, Michael
Associate Professor in School of Pharmacy

Antibacterial drug discovery – design, synthesis and medicinal chemistry optimisation including lung and oral delivery

Thomas, Neil
Professor in School of Chemistry

Design, synthesis and evaluation of anti-bacterial biologics, small organics and  virus-like particle vaccines

Williams, Paul
Professor in School of Life Sciences

Quorum sensing systems as antimicrobial targets; bacterial surface sensing & biofilms

Winzer, Klaus
Associate Professor in School of Life Sciences

Targeting energy metabolism in bacterial pathogens; exploiting bacterial metabolism for in vivo synthesis of antimicrobial agents

Wooldridge, Karl
Associate Professor in School of Life Sciences

Modulation of bacterial adhesin/host cell receptor interactions