Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical SciencesMicrobiology and industrial biotechnology

Microorganisms are fundamentally important to every process on the planet including global nutrient cycling and influencing the lives of humans, plants and animals as key members of the microbiome or as pathogens. The Microbiology and Industrial Biotechnology Research group at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science has research interests that encompass a wide range of microbiology and biotechnology with a clear focus on the basic biology of microorganisms (Herron, Hoskisson, Javelle, Roberts & Tucker) ecology, discovery and production of specialised metabolites from Actinobacteria (Duncan, Herron, Hoskisson & Tucker), Antimicrobial resistant infections (Duncan, Herron, Hoskisson Roberts & Tucker), discovery of novel therapies to combat a range of microbial infections (Roberts & Tucker), Genomics of microorganisms (Herron, Hoskisson, Roberts & Tucker), identification and characterisation of drug targets (Hoskisson, Javelle, Roberts & Tucker) and vaccine development (Roberts).

The Microbiology and Industrial Biotechnology Research has strong links with Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre and Scottish University Life Science Alliance.

Funding in the Microbiology and Industrial Biotechnology Research group is from BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, iUK, IBioIC, Tenovus Scotland and a number of Industrial sources.

We are always happy to hear from prospective PhD students and Post-doctoral researchers who would like to come and work with us - please email the appropriate research group member below to discuss funding opportunities.

Research Group Members

Dr. Katherine Duncan

Chancellor’s Fellow

The Duncan lab is focussed on understanding the biogeographic, phylogenetic and taxonomic boundaries of specialised metabolites for accelerated marine microbial antibiotic discovery. Comparative ‘omics approaches including genomics and metabolomics (using molecular networking) underpin our research.

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Twitter: @kate_duncan
Email: katherine.duncan@strath.ac.uk

Dr. Paul Herron

Senior Lecturer in Microbiology

Research in the Herron Group is focussed on chromosome segregation in actinobacteria, Genomics of actinobacteria, microbial ecology and Interactions between bacteriophages and their host.

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Twitter: @herron1664
Email: paul.herron@strath.ac.uk

Professor Paul A Hoskisson

Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Research in the Hoskisson laboratory is focussed on the evolution of primary metabolism and biosynthesis of specialised metabolites by Streptomyces and on the biology of the pathogen ​Corynebacterium diphtheriae, the causative agent of diphtheria. Paul leads the Microbiology and Industrial Biotechnology Research group and is a member of Royal Society of Biology governing Council and leads the SULSA ‘Ecosystems’ Research Theme.

 

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Email: paul.hoskisson@strath.ac.uk

Dr. Arnaud Javelle

Chancellor’s Fellow

Research in the Javelle Group is focused on membrane proteins involved in transport of ions across cellular membranes and in signalling processes relating to ion availability. Studies of membrane transporters/channels have had a great impact on our understanding human disease and drug design with around  30% of current clinically marked drugs targeted to these proteins. We use well-studied bacterial model organisms and multidisciplinary approaches to study ammonium transporters from the Amt/Rh family and the SulP/SLC26A family of sulphate permeases.

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Email: arnaud.javelle@strath.ac.uk

Professor Craig Roberts

Professor

Research in the Roberts Group is concerned with (i) the interaction of Toxoplasma gondii with it’s host and how this knowledge can be harnessed to effectively control or vaccinate against this parasite (ii) the influence of sex and pregnancy associated hormones on infection and immunity (iii) identification, validation and exploitation of antimicrobial targets in Acanthamoeba and (iv) Vaccines and improved chemotherapies for difficult to treat prokaryotic and viral pathogens.

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Twitter: @ProfCWRoberts
Email: c.w.roberts@strath.ac.uk

Dr. Nick Tucker

Senior Lecturer in Microbiology

The Tucker lab hosts Strathclyde's high-throughput sequencing capability and his research is focussed on bacterial genomics and molecular biology of Pseudomonas, the antibiotic biosynthetic potential of environmental bacteria such as Streptomyces and how these interact with Pseudomonas and in collaboration with Prof. Colin Suckling (Strathclyde Chemistry) we have used transcriptomics to investigate the mode of action of novel DNA binding antibiotics. Nick was a founding member of the International Pseudomonas Genomics Consortium and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre.

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Twitter: @Tucker303
Email: nick.tucker@strath.ac.uk

Dr. Jun Yu

Senior Lecturer in Microbiology

Research in the Yu laboratory is in the following areas: bacterial molecular pathogenesis, host-microbial interactions, genotyping/evaluation, vaccine development, novel alternative therapies, and nontechnology applications in biology.

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Email: jun.yu@strath.ac.uk