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Molecular and Cellular Microbiology

Molecular and Cellular Microbiology

Microorganisms play critical roles in all major aspects of life on earth.

They are by far the most abundant and diverse free-living organisms, playing central roles in: 

  • human health
  • infectious diseases
  • global ecology

Overarching aims


We work towards discovering the basic mechanisms which underpin microbial cellular processes. This includes:

  • growth
  • replication
  • division
  • pathogenesis


Our research helps us to understand microbial interactions:

  • in complex communities
  • with the environment
  • within the human host

Real-world application

Microorganisms can be valuable tools in medicine, biotechnology and industry. Real-world applications include:

  • combating antibiotic resistance
  • developing new therapeutics
  • diagnostics
  • bioprocessing
  • synthetic biology


We also provide rigorous and inspiring training for the next generation of microbiologists.

Research expertise

Built around the world-class Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, we have assembled a strong team of researchers. 

Our varied expertise spans:

  • cell biology
  • molecular genetics
  • biochemistry
  • structural biology
  • bioinformatics
  • infection models
  • fungal biology