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June 13, 2019
The winner of the 2019 Fleming Prize was Professor Peter Fineran, Associate Professor and Rutherford Discovery Fellow at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Presented with his award for outstanding research at the Microbiology Society's Annual Conference 2019, Professor Fineran gave a talk on his research around phage resistance systems, specifically CRISPR-Cas and toxin-antitoxin/abortive infection systems.
June 12, 2019
On the second day of Annual Conference 2019, Dr Christof Fellmann presented the Microbiology Society Prize Medal Lecture on behalf of Professor Jennifer Doudna. Professor Doudna was awarded the prize in recognition for her fundamental work on CRISPR–Cas systems – used by bacteria and archaea as adaptive immunity against foreign genetic elements such as viruses. The Prize Medal is awarded annually to an outstanding microbiologist who is a global leader in their field and whose work has had a far-reaching impact beyond the discipline of microbiology.
May 17, 2019
Sometimes the big picture can be too big. Microbes are everywhere, and sometimes looking at the small things can answer questions you weren’t expecting to ask.
May 16, 2019
Last week, a group of Microbiology Society staff visited the Bacterial World exhibition at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and were lucky to be accompanied by our President, Judith Armitage, who was lead research consultant for the exhibition.
April 9, 2019
Each month, the Microbiology Society publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM), which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are some of the new species that have been discovered and the places they’ve been found.
Microbiology Editor’s Choice: One-component regulating proteins and the development of antimicrobial resistance
April 1, 2019
Each month, a manuscript published in our flagship journal Microbiology is chosen by a member of the Editorial Board. This month, the paper is titled ‘Functional characterization of BcrR: a one-component transmembrane signal transduction system for bacitracin resistance’ and it was chosen by Professor David Grainger.
March 29, 2019
On this month’s podcast, we discuss the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans with Dr Liz Ballou from the University of Birmingham.
March 22, 2019
Sunday 24 March marks World Tuberculosis Day. On this day in 1882, Robert Koch announced he had discovered the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), which was a major development in understanding the disease and working towards finding treatment options. In this post, we discuss TB research with Professor Tanya Parrish, Editor-in-Chief of the Society's flagship journal, Microbiology, and Head of the TB Discovery Research Group at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in the US.