Our research is shaped by the need to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on a global scale.
Our experts specialise in the health of the planet and environment, and find new ways of working towards the responsible use and disposal of antimicrobial drugs. A core strength of our research is how we progress understanding about the link between the health of humans, animals and ecosystems.
We explore how the environment is affected, from a microscopic level through to the biodiversity of the planet. We collaborate internationally to encourage informed antimicrobial use in treating illness and infection in people and animals, with an adaptable approach to each country.
One of the largest contributors to AMR is food production. Our team looks at ways to reduce the general use of antimicrobials in animal and plant husbandry whilst also increasing their sustainable use.
Planetary Health - primary investigators
|Professor William Gaze||Professor of Microbiology||Environment, policy, microbiome, evolution ecology, public health, agriculture, evidence|
|Dr Lihong Zhang||Research Fellow||Antibiotic resistance, molecular microbiology, environmental microbiology, medical microbiology, microbial ecology|
|Professor Steve Hinchliffe||Professor of Geography and Co-Director of Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health||One health, risk, microbiome, social relations|
|Professor Neil Gow||Professor of Microbiology and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact)||Antifungal drug transit, fungal cell wall, drug resistance mechanisms, Candida species, Candida auris, echinocandins novel antifungal therapies, combination therapy and immunotherapies|
|Dr Aimee Murray||Lecturer||Culturing, molecular methods (qPCR, cloning, functional metagenomics), next-generation sequencing, metagenome analyses, evolution experiments|
|Professor Lora Fleming||Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health and Chair of Oceans, Epidemiology and Human Health||Public health, epidemiology; oceans and human health; environment and human health|
|Professor Charles Tyler||Professor of Environmental Biology/ Academic Lead||Environmental contaminants, physiological processes, genetic techniques, genomic techniques|
|Dr Anne Leonard||Lecturer||Environment, policy, microbiome, ecology, public health, evidence|
|Professor Stuart Townley||Professor in Applied Mathematics||Systems modelling, analysis and management|
|Professor Henry Buller||Professor of Geography, Head of Exeter Geography||Social science approaches, one-health pathways, antimicrobial reduction in Thailand, antimicrobial use in livestock systems in Tanzania|
|Associate Professor of Single Cell Genomics||Antibiotics resistance, molecular microbiology, environmental microbiology, medical microbiology, microbial ecology, feed/energy conversion, oceans and human health; environment and human health, technology development|
|Chair in Food Security||Antifungals, fungicide resistance, evolution, global movement and stewardship of antifungals|
|Clinical Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine||Bronchiectasis, Cystic Fibrosis, lung disease, cross-infection, microbiome, antimicrobial resistance|
|Senior Lecturer in Microbiology||Microbiology, evolutionary ecology, population genomics, bacterial genome evolution, ecology of antibiotic resistance and virulence genes|