Microbiology & Immunology Research
Microbiology is the study of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoan and metazoan parasites.
Immunology involves a study of host responses to infectious agents, tumours and substances that are recognised by the body as foreign or “non-self”. Microbiology and Immunology are broad disciplines that encompass biochemistry, genetics, evolution, molecular biology, physiology, and epidemiology. Advances in microbiology and immunology impact on medicine, public health, agriculture, industry, biotechnology, and environmental sciences. Many of the concepts of immunology were developed by study of natural host reactions to infectious microorganisms, and knowledge of both microbiology and immunology is necessary for the study of infectious diseases.
Current areas of research in the Discipline of Microbiology and Immunology and the names of staff involved, are listed below.
- Influenza Virus Infection and Vaccination (Mohammed Alsharifi)
- Viral-induced Liver Cancer (Michael Beard)
- Host Responses to Hepatitis C Virus Infection (Michael Beard)
- Membrane Proteins in Bacterial Pathogenesis (Chris McDevitt)
- Pathogenesis and Prevention of Pneumococcal Disease (James Paton)
- Shigella and Listeria as Invasive Bacterial Pathogens (Renato Morona, Connor Thomas)
- Pathogenesis of Shiga Toxigenic Escherichia coli Infections (James Paton, Adrienne Paton)
- Receptor Mimic Technologies (James Paton, Adrienne Paton, Renato Morona)
- Bacterial Surface Polysaccharides (Renato Morona, James Paton)
- Stress Response in Pathogenic Bacteria (Stephen Kidd)
Food and Environmental Microbiology
- Listeria monocytogenes (Connor Thomas)
- Marine Vibrios (Connor Thomas)
- Predictive Modelling (Connor Thomas)