Molecular Bacteriology
and Immunology Group
Focus: molecular pathogenesis of, and host response to, bacterial infections

Research interests

The Molecular Bacteriology and Immunology Group (MBIG) consists of an active team of researchers dedicated to the study of molecular mechanisms of the host-pathogen interaction. This includes the dynamics of bacterial infection and the natural history of host defence against bacterial colonisation and invasion.

Our ultimate goal is to define strategies for the prevention and treatment of human bacterial diseases.

Members of MBIG are involved in research programmes on a number of Gram negative and Gram positive bacterial pathogens, including Neisseria meningitidis, Campylobacter jejuni, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia.

Main areas of research 1) Identifcation of novel bacterial virulence factors, vaccine candidates and host receptors. We study their molecular structures, functional attributes and immunological characteristics.
c) Molecular and cell biology of meningococcal secreted proteins, particularly autotransporter proteins.
2) Human gene expression in response to bacterial infections, using microarrays and other genomic and proteomic tools;
3) Molecular epidemiology and population genetics of community- and hospital-acquired bacteria.
4) Bacterial genome sequencing.
5) Vaccine development against Neisseria meningitidis
The group has extensive collaborative links with scientists both nationally and internationally. We also accomodate training researchers (Research Fellows and Ph.D students) from UK and all parts of the world.
Group members
Head of MBIG Prof. Dlawer Ala'Aldeen
Professor of Clinical Microbiology
Faculty Dr Karl Wooldridge
Assistant Professor in Molecular Microbiology,
Deputy Head of MBIG
       Dr David Turner Associate Clinical Professor in Microbiology
Prof. Keith Neal Professor in Public Health
Dr Paddy Tighe Associate Professor in Immunology
Chris Bayliss Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, Leicester University
Scientists Dr Neil Oldfield Molecular biologist
      Dr Jafar Mahdavi Cell biologist
Shaun Morroll Geneticist
Lee Wheldon Cell biologist
Jeroen Stoof Molecular Biologist
Pierre J Royer Cell biologist
Akhmed Aslam Protein chemist
PhD Students
Hibah Albasri Saudi Arabia
       Mahde Abdulrahman Iraq
Falwah Al-Qhtany Saudi Arabia
Matthew Vassey UK
Sheyda Azimi Iran
Suzan Qarani Kurdistan
Suha Ahmed Kurdistan
Previous members
 Postdoctoral Scientists
PhD students

Contacting MBIG




Molecular Bacteriology and Immunology Group
School of Molecular Medical Sciences
Centre for Biomolecular Sciences,
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD,
United Kingdom

T:+44 (0) 115 846 8001
F:+44 (0) 115 846 8002

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Maps and directions
School of Molecular Medical Sciences (MOL)

Centre for Biomolecular Sciences

University of Nottingham
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