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University of Nottingham
Paul Williams
Paul Williams
Position : Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Head of the School of Molecular Medical Sciences


email: paul.williams@nottingham.ac.uk
tel: +44 (0)115 9515047
fax: +44 (0)115 8467951


Research Interests

Paul Williams graduated in Pharmacy (B.Pharm Nottingham 1979) and completed his pre-registration training at the City Hospital, Nottingham prior to undertaking a Ph.D in pharmaceutical microbiology (University of Aston). In 1985 he joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (now the School of Pharmacy) University of Nottingham and was subsequently promoted to Reader (1992) and Professor of Molecular Microbiology in 1996 when he also became the Director of the Institute of Infections & Immunity (renamed the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation in 2002).

In 2004 he moved to the School of Molecular Medical Sciences. His research interests primarily focus on the chemistry and molecular biology of bacterial cell-to-cell communication (quorum sensing) in pathogenic bacteria including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Yersinia with a view to the discovery of novel antibacterial agents. He has published over 230 experimental papers and reviews and is an ISI Highlycited.com researcher (http://www.isihighlycited.com/).

For his work on quorum sensing, Professor Williams was awarded the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Conference Science Medal in 1992 and the Pfizer prize in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1994. In 2007 he was awarded the Society of General Microbiology Colworth Prize Lecture. He has served on the editorial boards of Environmental Microbiology, Journal of Bacteriology Microbiology, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Biofilms, International Journal of Medical Microbiology and Molecular Microbiology (advisory board). He has also been a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council U.K. (Plants and Microbes Committee), the Medical Research Council U.K. Advisory Board, the Medical Research Council U.K. College of Experts, the Infection Group of the Society for General Microbiology and a parent governor at Mornington Primary School, Nottingham U.K.



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