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May 22, 2019
Researchers from Maynooth University have been using larvae as a model to examine the progress of Staphylococcus aureus infection. Here, PhD student Gerard Sheehan discusses his research which has recently been published in the journal Microbiology.
May 1, 2019
When I first saw the 2019 Annual Conference in Belfast advertised, I knew that I wanted to attend. I had a poster and flash talk at the Microbiology Society Conference in Edinburgh in 2017 but didn’t make it to Birmingham in 2018. As I am now in the final year of my PhD (and a keen traveller that hadn’t yet visited Northern Ireland), I really wanted to present my work in Belfast. I’ve already spent almost all of my PhD travel budget, so I applied for two talks – one on my PhD research, on plastic biodegradation, and one on the results of a three month mini-project modelling bacteria in biofilms that I did as part of my PhD’s 'training year' – hoping that I’d get one of them and be in a better position to apply for a Travel Grant.
April 25, 2019
Are you an Early Career Researcher interested in getting more involved in the Microbiology Society? Nominations for Early Career Microbiologists' (ECM) Forum Division Representatives are now open. To explain what this involves, Dr Tom Williams tells us about his experience as the ECM Forum Eukaryotic Division Representative.
April 17, 2019
This year, the Microbiology Society’s journals will be sponsoring oral and poster prizes at conferences and meetings around the world. We will be getting to know a little bit more about the prize winners and their research.
April 15, 2019
Earlier this year, four of our Society Champions represented the Microbiology Society at the Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Biology (CURE-Infection) Network Early Career Researcher event at Cardiff University. While some of them had worked together before, this was the first time that so many Society Champions have come together to represent the Society. We caught up with Ed Cunningham-Oakes, Laura Kerr, Daniel Morse and Michael Pascoe after the event to find out a little more about their area of specialism, how they found working together for the first time and their advice for anyone who might be thinking about becoming a Society Champion.
March 29, 2019
On this month’s podcast, we discuss the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans with Dr Liz Ballou from the University of Birmingham.
March 24, 2019
What happens when a city experiences an epidemic of an unknown pathogen? This is the question we set out to answer as part of ‘Belfast on the Brink’ - an immersive, interactive experience designed for the NI Science Festival by members of the Medicine, Health and Life Sciences faculty at Queen’s University Belfast. Over 50 people attended this ticketed event, which was open to anyone over the age of eight.
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.