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As our key strength at Exeter, we investigate how changes in the environment and the interactions within it can drive antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in pathogens. Real-world-based research also helps us investigate the development of antimicrobials and AMR through the food chain.

Our experts are world leaders, who apply the effects seen within the environment to policy and developing technologies. The team can identify areas and people at higher risk of exposure to resistant pathogens and also the development of resistance over time. This includes the use and spread through livestock from other environments and direct use, leading to exposure in other livestock through streams and soils.

Environment - primary investigators

Professor William Gaze Professor of Microbiology Environment, policy, microbiome, evolution ecology, public health, agriculture, evidence
Professor Edze Westra Professor / NERC Independent Research Fellow Ecological variables, evolution, immune strategies, bacteria, phage, CRISPR
Dr Lihong Zhang Research Fellow Antibiotic resistance, molecular microbiology, environmental microbiology, medical microbiology, microbial ecology
Dr Stineke Van Houte BBSRC Future Leadership Fellow CRISPR-Cas, bacteria-phage interactions, AMR plasmid spread in microbial communities
Dr Anne Leonard Lecturer Environment, policy, microbiome, ecology, public health, evidence
Dr Aimee Murray Lecturer Culturing, molecular methods (qPCR, cloning, functional metagenomics), next-generation sequencing, metagenome analyses, evolution experiments
Dr Stefano Pagliara Senior Lecturer in Microfluidics Technology development; single-cell response, membrane transport, drug uptake, antibiotic tolerance, ageing
Professor Angus Buckling Professor of Evolutionary Biology Evolutionary ecology, antimicrobial resistance
Professor Stuart Townley Professor in Applied Mathematics Systems modelling, analysis and management
Dr Michiel Vos Senior Lecturer Microbiology Evolutionary ecology, population genomics, bacterial genome evolution, ecology of antibiotic resistance and virulence genes

Professor Sarah Gurr

Chair in Food Security Antifungals, fungicide resistance, evolution, global movement and stewardship of antifungals

Dr Mario Recker

Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics Antigenically and phenotypically diverse pathogens, Plasmodium falciparum, dengue, Staphylococcus aureus, mathematical and data analytic frameworks, pathology, evolutionary epidemiology, host-pathogen interactions, gene expression, immune selection