Public Health & Medicine

SCELSE’s human-associated microbiome studies include biofilms connected with organs such as the gastro-intestinal tract, the skin, and the eye, as well as chronic wounds, and effects of respiratory and gut microbes on host health.

Understanding microbial community interactions and dynamics during infection involves unravelling the processes of colonisation, invasion and pathogenicity in a range of prevalent disease systems. SCELSE research investigates pathogen biology and pathogenesis, host-bacteria interactions, and inter-species microbial communication to understand the complex processes involving a combination of genes and multi-level regulation, to develop strategies for infection control.

SCELSE’s public health research also covers the areas of antimicrobial resistance, and the ecology, tracking and life history of enteric and food pathogens.

Poly-microbial (community) infection model systems using organisms implicated in the most common hospital-associated infections, in a range of infection systems including complicated UTIs, diabetic would infections and to understand antimicrobial resistant pathogens in polymicrobial infection settings.