School of Biosciences

Microbiology and Biotechnology

Microbiology research spanning the food, beverage, agricultural and health sectors

Our microbiology research ranges from understanding molecular mechanisms of pathogen behaviour, including interaction with the host and persistence in a range of environments, to interventions for microbial control across the food chain.

We have key focus in the application of molecular biology approaches to understand how microorganisms behave in complex environments such as the mammalian gut. This work aims to improve understanding of nutritional interventions on modulation of gut microbiota and performance of livestock.

We have specific expertise in the biology and genetics of bacteriophage, viruses that specifically kill bacteria, and in their application as biocontrol and diagnostic agents in the food and veterinary sectors.

We lead multi-disciplinary programmes of research to evaluate the risks of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in agricultural environments such as dairy and poultry systems.

Explore our research groups and centres

Brewing science

Our centre for brewing technologies is working with industry to resolve modern brewery challenges. 

Brewing science

Microbiology and food safety

Considering molecular and microbiological aspects of adaptation and persistance in complex environments.

Microbiology and food safety

Monogastric research

Understanding the role of gut microbes in the healthy production of monogastric species.

Monogastric research


Macromolecular hydrodynamics

Characterising size, shape and interactions of macro molecules of biomedical and industrial importance.

National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics

Phage biotechnology

Applying bacteriophage for biocontrol, therapeutic and diagnostic applications. 

Phage biotechnology

Antimicrobial resistance

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School of Biosciences

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough
LE12 5RD, UK

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