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Division of Microbiology and Infection | Past Events

Seminars 2016/2017:

Seminars 2015/2016:

  • Dr Kevin Purdy, Associate Professor (Reader) in Microbial Ecology, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, 'Do we need a new ecology to understand microbial communities?', 13 April 2016
  • Professor Eric Rubin, Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases,Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, 'Mycobacterial bacilli - we’re all individuals', 8 April 2016
  • Dr Robert Fagan, Lecturer, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, 'Biogenesis and function of the C. difficile surface layer', 24 February 2016
  • Dr Arnoud H.M. van Vilet, Campylobacter Group leader, Institute of Food Research, Gut Health & Food Safety Programme, Norwich Research Park, 'Ch-ch-changes: genomics and biology of the foodborne bacterial pathogen Campylobacter', 3 February 2016
  • Dr Andrew J Roe, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre, University of Glasgow, 'The influence of host metabolites on bacterial niche specificity', 27 January 2016
  • Dr Yin Chen, Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, 'Gut microbiota metabolism of methylamines and their role in health and disease', 20 January 2016
  • Professor Mike Barer, Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Honorary Consultant Microbiologist, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester, 'Phenotypes of the expectorated tubercle bacillus in sputum and in flight. Survival of the fattest?', 13 January 2016
  • Dr Christopher D. Bayliss, Lecturer in Bacterial Genetics,Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, 'Hypermutable Sequences Are The Major Drivers of Genomic Variability and Adaptation During Persistent Carriage of Pathogenic Neisseria in Humans', 16 December 2015
  • Professor Alice Roberts (Anatomist, Author & Broadcaster), Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham, 'The Modern Prometheus', 9 December 2015
  • Dr Heather Berlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 'The Neural Basis of the Dynamic Unconscious', 27 November 2015
  • Joshua Quick, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, ‘Nanopore sequencing of an ebola outbreak’, 25 November 2015
  • Dr Darren L. Smith, Senior Lecturer in Phage Biology, Applied Sciences, University of Northumbria, 'Characterising temperate bacteriophages impact on microbial colonisation and disease progression', 18 November 2015
  • Dr Serge Mostowy, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, 'New roles for the cytoskeleton in cell-autonomous immunity', 11 November 2015
  • Dr Susanne Gebhard, University of Bath, 'An ABC-transporter controls signal transduction to regulate antimicrobial peptide resistance in Gram-positive bacteria', 4 November 2015
  • Geoffrey Dance, LI-COR Biosciences UK Ltd, 'Changes Affecting Western Blotting', 14 October 2015
  • Professor Mark Stevens, The Roslin Institute & Royal School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, 'Genetic analysis of Salmonella and E. coli pathogenesis’, 7 October 2015

Seminars 2014/2015:

  • Dr Daniel Falush, MRC Senior Research Fellow, College of Medicine, Swansea University, 'The landscape of epistasis in bacteria', 2 September 2015

  • Dr Claire Gordon, University of Oxford, 'The Role of Whole Genome Sequencing in the Investigation of S. aureus Outbreaks', 26 June 2015

  • Dr Justin Pachebat, Senior Lecturer Microbial Genomics, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, 'Next Generation Sequencing and Clinical Diagnostics - the potential for diagnostic sequencing and geno-epidemiology', 24 June 2015

  • Professor Neil Fairweather, Professor of Microbiology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, 'Secrets of the surface of Clostridium difficile', 17 June 2015

  • Dr Metin I Eren, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Missouri College of Arts and Science/Research Associate, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 'Evolutionary questions... archaeological data? A case study of the First Americans' 13,000-year-old hunting weaponry', 10 June 2015

  • Dr Jaime Martinez-Urtaza, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, 'Global expansion of Vibrio diseases in response to ocean warming', 8 June 2015

  • Dr James Covington, School of Engineering, University of Warwick, 'The scent of illness: Towards the new age of non-invasive medical diagnosis', 3 June 2015

  • Professor Orkun Soyer, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, 'An evolutionary perspective to systems and synthetic biology: From cellular networks to microbial communities', 27 May 2015

  • Professor David J. Evans, Professor of Virology, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, '“Evolution by duplication” - mechanistic analysis of recombination in poliovirus', 20 May 2015

  • Professor Tracy Palmer, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, '‘Transport of folded proteins across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane’, 13 May 2015

  • Dr Leo Lahti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Helsinki, Finland/ Wageningen University, Netherlands, 'Resilience and alternative stable states of the human gut microbiome', 29 April 2015

  • Dr Rubina Ahmed, Programme Manager, Research Funding, NC3Rs, 'NC3Rs funding opportunities and strategies for a successful application', 29 April 2015

  • Dr Kathie Grant, Head of Gastrointestinal Bacteria Reference Unit, Public Health England, Colindale London,'Whole Genome Sequencing for Public Health Microbiology: the Salmonella experience', 27 April 2015

  • Dr Emma Anderson, Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, 'A tale of two viruses: HIV-1 and HIV-2 protein synthesis, trafficking and assembly', 22 April 2015

  • Dr David Roper, Reader in Structural Biology, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, 'Variations on a theme: New insight in the importance of peptidoglycan stem peptide composition in structure and resistance', 15 April 2015

  • Professor Jose Bengoechea, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, 'Klebsiella pneumoniae: the master puppeteer', 18 March 2015

  • Dr Stephanie Schüller, Lecturer in Infection and Immunity, Gut Health & Food Safety, Institute of Food Research, 'Breathing life into pathogens – the influence of oxygen on EHEC virulence in the human gut', 11 March 2015

  • Professor Noel McCarthy, Professor of Evidence in Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Control, Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, 'Bacterial genomic epidemiology in public health practice', 25 February 2015

  • Professor Jay Hinton, Department Functional and Comparative Genomics, University of Liverpool, 'Understanding the choreography of Salmonella transcription with RNA-seq', 23 January 2015

  • Professor William Wood, Professor of Developmental Biology, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Bristol, 'Detecting Death and Damage: Understanding Macrophage migration in Drosophila', 21 January 2015

  • Dr Bill Hanage, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 'Gene content and population genomics of Streptococcus pneumoniae: or how species clusters (might) be maintained', 20 January 2015

  • Dr Patricia Fara, Clare College, Cambridge University, 'Science and Suffrage: Women at War', 12 December 2014

  • Professor Gabriel Waksman, Courtauld Professor of Biochemistry at UCL Head, Department of Biological Sciences, Birkbeck, 'Structure and molecular biology of secretion nanomachines in Gram-negative bacterial pathogens', 10 December 2014

  • Professor James Leigh, Professor of Molecular Bacteriology, Head of Division of Animal Health and Welfare, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, 'Streptococcus uberis: virulence, genomics and vaccines', 26 November 2014

  • Dr Jean van den Elsen, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, 'Protein glycation: The darker side of sugar', 19 November 2014

  • Professor Raffella Bianucci, Department of Public Health and Paediatric Sciences, University of Turin, Italy/Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, Oslo, Norway/UMR 7258, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie bio-culturelle, Droit, Etique & Santé (Adés), Faculté de Médecine de Marseille, France, 'The Human Mummification Project: an overview', 12 November 2014

  • Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, 'Stop swimming to initiate sticking – Bacillus subtilis biofilms', 29 October 2014

  • Professor Regine Hakenbeck, Professor of Microbiology, University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Microbiology and Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald, 'Evolution of penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae', 23 October 2014

  • Professor Alan J. McCarthy, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, 'Lambdoid bacteriophages, Shiga toxin genes and the emergence of new pathogens', 22 October 2014

  • Dr Gavin Thomas, Department of Biology, University of York, 15 October 2014

Seminars 2013/2014:

  • Professor Francois Balloux, Chair in Computational Biology Systems Biology, UCL Genetics Institute, ‘Reconstructing past demography in space and time’, 2 July 2014
  • Dr Jon Hobman, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham, 'Antimicrobial metal resistances - every silver lining has a cloud', 25 June 2014
  • Dr Barbara Bramanti and Dr Stephanie Hänsch, Institute of Anthropology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 'From the pioneers to the plagues: Ancient DNA analyses of the European history and prehistory', 25 June 2014
  • Professor John Wain, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, 'New antibiotics for resistant bacteria - using evolution in drug discovery', 20 June 2014
  • Dr Scott Beatson, Microbial Genomics Group Leader, Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, 'Using genomics to understand the global spread of an E. coli superbug', 18 June 2014
  • Dr Andre Pires da Silva, Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, 'Epigenetic transmission of environmental signals across a generation', 11 June 2014
  • Henry C Mwandumba, Wellcome Intermediate Clinical Fellow & Clinical Senior Lecturer, Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, 'HIV and the lung: new techniques, new insights', 21 May 2014
  • Dr John van Wyhe, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of History, Fellow of Tembusu College, National University of Singapore;Director, Darwin Online, 'Dispelling the Darkness: Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin', 20 May 2014
  • Dr Ruth Massey, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, 'Predicting phenotype from genotype: the case of MRSA toxicity', 14 May 2014
  • Dr Anne-Marie Krachler, Institute of Microbiology and Infection, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, 'Adhesin-induced lipid coalescence in the host membrane causes activation of a Rho GTPase and loss of epithelial barrier integrity', 7 May 2014
  • Dr Nick Loman, Independent Research Fellow, Institute for Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham, 'Metagenomics in clinical microbiology', 30 April 2014
  • Dr Ruiting Lan, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, The University of New South Wales, 'Small change, big gain: genomic insights into the evolution of bacterial pathogens', 10 April 2014
  • Professor Shiranee Sriskandan, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, 'Group A Streptococcus: invader and evader', 9 April 2014
  • Dr Colin Berry, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, 'Insecticidal toxins for control of mosquitoes', 2 April 2014
  • Professor Alfonso Jaramillo, Professor of Synthetic Biology, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick/Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology, France, 'Regulating with RNA in bacteria', 26 March 2014
  • Professor Phillip Butcher, Professor of Molecular Medical Microbiology, Centre for Infection, St George’s University of London, 'Clinical utility of whole genome sequencing for drug resistant tuberculosis', 19 March 2014
  • Professor Steve Busby, Professor of Biochemistry, Head of School, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, 'Regulation at simple and complex bacterial promoters', 12 March 2014
  • Dr Lori Snyder, Reader in Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Kingston University London, 'Student flora as student projects', 5 March 2014
  • Professor Duncan Maskell, Professor of Farm Animal Health, Food Science and Food Safety, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, 'Genomics to study farm animal bacterial pathogens', 26 February 2014
  • Dr Daniel Mitchell, Division of Metabolic and Vascular Health, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Cell - The role of complex carbohydrates in host-pathogen interactions and inflammatory control', 19 February 2014
  • Professor Ed Feil, Professor of Microbial Evolution, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, 'A Europe-wide population snapshot of clinical staphylococcus aureus using next-generation sequencing', 12 February 2014
  • Professor Judy Breuer, Professor of Virology (Honorary Consultant), Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, 'Varicella through the bottleneck and what we found there (with apologies to Lewis Carroll)', 5 February 2014
  • Dr Thomas Connor, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, From genes to genomes to communities: exploring gastrointestinal pathogen evolution in the age of genomics​, 27 January 2014
  • Professor Paul S. Keim, Director, Regents Professor and The Cowden Endowed Chair of Microbiology, Northern Arizona University and The Translational Genomics Research Institute, 'Population genomics in a high recombination pathogen – Burkholderia pseudomallei', 21 January 2014
  • Dr David Wareham, Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, 'Addressing the threat of multi-drug resistant gram negative infections', 8 January 2014
  • Dr Nabil-Fareed Alikhan, Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre and School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, 'Comparative genomics of non-O157 Shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli', 16 October 2013

Inaugural Lectures

  • Professor Mark Pallen, Leading Lights Inaugural Lecture 'Nothing in Microbiology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution', 15 April 2013

Seminars 2012/2013: