Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance

Basic and clinical research to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of infection.

Research in this theme is focused on improved prevention, detection and treatment of infection. Activities are concentrated on preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance through improved antimicrobial stewardship, improved detection of infection using molecular and sensor based technology, prevention of infection using novel anti-infective biomaterials and enhanced infection prevention and control strategies and improved treatment of infection through discovery of novel antibiotics and antibiotic adjuvants and markers for better evidence-based decisions on antibiotic selection.

Research themes and areas of activity

Respiratory Infectious Diseases 


Professor Michael Tunney

Dr Deirdre Gilpin

Dr Laura Sherrard


Research activities are focused on the use of (i) enhanced culture techniques, including culture of anaerobic bacteria and (ii) non culture methods based methods (next-generation sequencing, sensor technology) to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of lung infection in patients with respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchiectasis and COPD.

Antimicrobial stewardship 


Professor Carmel Hughes

Professor Michael Tunney

Dr Deirdre Gilpin

Professor James McElnay


Research activities are focused on clinical and laboratory based studies to ensure effective use of antimicrobials to reduce the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

Novel antimicrobials and anti-infective biomaterials


Professor Brendan Gilmore

Professor Michael Tunney

Dr Deirdre Gilpin

Professor Colin McCoy

Dr Louise Carson

Dr Nicola Irwin

Dr Timofey Skvortsov 


Research activities are focused on the (i) development of efficient methods to prevent or eradicate bacterial biofilm infection and (ii) discovery of new antibiotics and antibiotic adjuvants capable of either destroying biofilms or increasing their sensitivity to conventional antibiotics.

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