Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science
Dr Laura Hobley is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology within the Food Sciences Division in the School of Biosciences. She graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham in 2003, and then completed a PhD joint between the University of Nottingham's School of Mathematical Sciences and the Institute of Genetics under the supervision of Profs John King and Liz Sockett, working on the predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio. She continued working in the lab of Prof Sockett as a postdoc, working on various aspects of Bdellovibrio biology, including the first in vivo animal trials of Bdellovibrio therapy, and was involved in several studies looking at the molecular basis of predation. In 2012 she moved to work as a postdoc in the group of Prof Nicola Stanley-Wall at the University of Dundee, working on biofilm formation by Gram-positive bacteria, primarily studying the function of the biofilm matrix protein BslA during biofilm formation by Bacillus subtilis. In addition she studied the roles of polyamines in regulating biofilm formation in Bacillus. In 2015 she took up a Queens University Research Fellowship to set up her own research group at Queens University Belfast, working on biofilm formation by Klebsiella pneumoniae. In 2018, she moved her research to the University of Nottingham, where her research focuses on biofilm formation by multi-drug resistant Gram-negative pathogens, particularly Klebsiella pneumoniae and Acinetobacter baumannii, and the role of biofilm formation in antibiotic resistance and virulence.
Research in the Hobley lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis underlying biofilm formation by Gram-negative, multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens. The labs primary focus is on the… read more
Research in the Hobley lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis underlying biofilm formation by Gram-negative, multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens. The labs primary focus is on the pathogens Klebsiella pneumoniae and Acinetobacter baumannii. An interdisciplinary approach is used to study biofilm formation, involving bacterial genetics, biochemistry, mathematical modelling and biophysics as appropriate.
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