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Prof Gilmore’s research team are focused on understanding the processes which govern bacterial biofilm formation and tolerance to antibiotics, and the discovery of novel antibiotics and disinfectant approaches. His recent work has included the application of cold plasmas for biofilm decontamination, discovery of novel antibiotics and biocatalytic enzymes from extremely halophilic microorganisms (using both culture-based and metagenomic approaches) and uncovering novel druggable targets in bacterial biofilm formation among the ESKAPE pathogens using molecular tools to identify and inhibit proteolytic enzymes involved in biofilm development, as adjuvants to conventional antimicrobial agents. 

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Open to PhD applications in the field of biofilm microbiology, antimicrobial discovery, bacterial protease biochemistry, host pathogen interactions, microbial biocatalysis.

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School of Pharmacy

Brendan Gilmore

Professor Brendan Gilmore (PI) - (BSc Pharmacy, 1999; PhD Biomedicinal Chemistry 2004) holds the Chair of Pharmaceutical Microbiology at Queen’s University Belfast, where he leads the Biofilm Research Group. 


PUBLIC OUTREACH and key achievements

  • WH Pierce Prize 2017, Society for Applied Microbiology
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016
  • Member, Wellcome Trust/Dept of Health Working Party on 'Alternatives to Anibiotics' (see Lancet Infectious Diseases 2016 16(2);239-51.)
  • A Denver Russell Memorial Teleclass Lecture 2014
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society Science Award 2013
  • Editor of Hugo & Russell's Pharmaceutical Microbiology 

Research students

PhD Area: Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Name: Mrs Shatha Al-Omari
Years of Study: 2013-2017
Country: Jordan

PhD Area: Discovery of Transaminase Enzymes from Halophilic Microorganisms for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) synthesis

Name: Mr Stephen Kelly
Years of Study: 2014-2017
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD Area: Understanding Host-Pathogen Interactions in Proteus mirabilis

Name: Mr Seamus O'Brien
Years of Study: 2014-2017
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD Area: Modulation of Macrophage-Biofilm Interactions by Non-Thermal Plasma Exposure

Name: Mrs Muna Barakat
Years of Study: 2015-2018
Country: Jordan

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Padrig Flynn

PhD Title: Controlling Bacterial Biofilms and Virulence using Non-thermal Plasma

Years of Study: 2013-2016
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Research Fellow, Queen's University

Dr Louise Carson

PhD Title: Novel Anti-virulence and Anti-infective Strategies targeting the Opportunistic Bacterial Pathogen, Proteus mirabilis

Years of Study: 2007-2011
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Queen's University

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