Microbiology at Exeter
We study microbes across all scales, from the sub-cellular to entire communities and seamlessly integrate 'blue skies' and applied research. Our approaches range from state-of-the-art sequencing and imaging technologies to ecological modelling. Follow #ExeterMicrobiology on Twitter for regular updates.
Bacteria and fungi play key roles in human health and disease. Our research aims to understand the functioning of bacterial and fungal pathogens of humans and animals, from the molecular and cellular level through to the population and community level.
The evolution of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in the environment poses a major threat to human health. Our research focusses on how microbial communities form, their stability and their evolution, including the spread of mobile genetic elements within communities.
Microbial biotechnology and engineering are paving the way for a cleaner future. Our research focuses on engineering microbes, including bacteria, fungi and algae for sustainable production of biofuels that can directly substitute fossil-based products.
Understanding the causes and treatments of crop disease is essential for maintaining global food supply. Our research focuses on studying the impact of pathogenic fungi and bacteria on food security with emphasis on crop disease and the development of novel and more effective antifungals.