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Invisible Cities

The Miniature World of Microbes

Sunday 3rd June, 6.30 - 8.30 pm, The Kenilworth Centre

microbe city

Have you ever wondered how manipulative bacteria can be? Do you want to know more about antibiotic resistance?

Join us on Sunday 3rd June from 6.30 - 8.30 pm at The Kenilworth Centre for a lively discussion with leading experts in microbial science from around the world.

Listen to our experts give a brief overview of their research and then get the opportunity to sit down and chat to them over pizza and beer!

Free to attend but places limited so registration is essential. Register here.



Prof. Avigdor Eldar – Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Bacterial soap-opera: communication, manipulation and cheating in the bacterial world

The Eldar lab is studying how bacteria communicate, their social behaviors and potential implication for pathogenic bacteria.



Dr. Kiran Patil – EMBL, Germany

Drugs: it takes guts (bacteria)

I will talk about how therapeutic drugs impact our gut bacteria and how in turn the bacteria can modulate drug efficacy.


Prof Kendra Rumbaugh – Texas Tech. University, USA
Combatting multidrug resistance bacteria

Bacterial resistance to current antibiotics is increasing at an alarming rate and few new drugs are in the developmental pipeline. Clearly there must be a multi-faceted approach, which includes more prudent use of antibiotics and improved strategies for discovery and development, if we are to solve this problem.


Dr. Kalesh Sasidharan – University of Warwick, UK


Growth of microbes can either be a good thing (yeast in beer) or a bad thing (bacteria causing infection). Cost-effective biological measurement devices are useful for both professional as well as citizen scientists. I will demonstrate one such device that we have made, named MicrobeMeter, which can precisely measure the growth of microbes over long periods of time.

Dr Arnaud Kengmo Tchoupa

Dr. Arnaud Kengmo Tchoupa – University of Warwick, UK

How does MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) survive in a HOSTile environment?

With the rise of antibiotic resistance in the vast majority of pathogenic bacteria, it is of prime importance to understand how they survive and thrive within their human host. Research to dissect how the nasty bacteria escape both conventional antibiotic treatment and host defence responses will help us to develop new tools to find and kill them.

Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft

Dr. Jan-Ulrich Kreft - University of Birmingham, UK

The weird and wonderful Bdellovibrio

I will be introducing Bdellovibrio – a bacterium that is a predator of other bacteria – and share some surprising results with you. Learn why being too good at hunting and having a well-fed supply of prey is not necessarily a good thing for the predator!