Molecular Microbiology

Our research flows from fundamental science using model organisms to translational research on medically- and economically-significant pathogens

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We aim to further the science of molecular microbiology through excellent, innovative and internationally-recognised research on a broad platform of topics. These topics currently include:

  • molecular determinants of bacterial virulence
  • host responses to microbial pathogens
  • fundamental physiological processes in microbial cells, including transport and generation of the cell surface
  • inter-bacterial interactions
  • identification of potential targets for antimicrobial intervention or biotechnological applications

We aim to achieve national and international recognition for both our research and educational contributions, through the effective creation and dissemination of knowledge in microbiology. We promote and benefit from synergistic collaboration with academic colleagues in allied disciplines, including cell immunology, structural biology, gene regulation, mathematics and drug discovery.

Our research mission also provides enhanced opportunities and challenges for vibrant teaching in science and supports the application of scientific principles to the disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. 

We are committed to the recruitment of the best students, postdoctoral scientists, and academic staff to the discipline of molecular microbiology, to encourage diversity in the study of microbiology, and to fostering an intellectually stimulating and friendly environment for research and teaching. The education, nurturing and mentoring of individuals at all levels, from undergraduates to newly recruited principal investigators, is considered a top priority and is designed to empower researchers to recognise, investigate, resolve and manage the innumerable microbiological challenges affecting health, industry and the environment.

Public engagement

We actively participate in our own and School-wide schemes utilising our extensive research expertise and facilities to enhance research training and to disseminate microbiological research findings to the public. Past projects include:

  • Magnificent Microbes
  • High School iGEM project

Head of Division

Deputy Head of Division

Academic staff



Key contacts

Name Role Email
Nancy Kirk Lab Manager
Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall Public Engagement Champion
Kirsty Forbes Divisional Secretary