The primary focus of the Microbe and Pathogen Biology research group is the study of fundamental biological processes in cells, microbes and parasites as well as applied processes in environmental microbiology, parasitology and disease control. The group provides a broad platform of fundamental and applied expertise in the biosciences, including: molecular biology; cell biology and cell signalling; microbial biochemistry and genomics; stress metabolism; bioremediation; parasite biology, physiology and therapeutics; protein biochemistry, expression and engineering; peptide/protein modelling and synthesis; nucleic acid structure and function; bioimaging.
This diverse array of interests, ranging from protein modelling, through microbiology to parasite control, is linked by common approaches within the molecular biosciences that are aimed at exploiting the ongoing genomic, transcriptomic/proteomic revolution. The molecular microbiology component is heavily involved with QUESTOR, a successful International Industry/University Co-operative Research Centre. The food safety and nutritional research elements are linked with the Institute for Global Food Security which aims to exploit cutting-edge technologies to drive a competitive and sustainable agricultural sector. The group has a wide range of strong international links across Europe, Asia and North America.
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