For millions of years, we have been evolving alongside a host of microbes that live on us, in us and which help us to survive. ‘We’ interact with ‘them’ constantly but we are only just starting to figure out what these interactions are and what they might mean.
My research focuses on characterising some of these interactions, looking at how bacteria adapt to life on Planet Human and how we, in turn, respond to these changes. I want to know what happens when these interactions are disturbed through disease and antibiotic use.
If we can dissect these complex relationships, we might hope to eventually develop much smarter ways to combat infection and antibiotic resistance.
Current projects in my group:
- Host-microbe interactions in hospital-acquired infections (with Dr Sarah Withers, Dr Ian Goodhead and Prof. Paul Dark at Salford Royal Foundation Trust)
- Antimicrobials and the human skin microbiome
- Antimicrobial resistance in East Africa
Current and Past Projects
Details of my current research activity can be found:
in my Salford Profile Page, and