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January 16, 2020
It can take as long as five days to determine which antibiotic treatments are likely to be effective in clearing a bacterial infection. These long wait-times can lead to ineffective antibiotics being used, delaying patient recovery and contributing to the increase of antimicrobial resistance. But is there a better way? In this blog, Kelly Falconer PhD student at the University of St Andrews discusses her research.
January 13, 2020
As part of Biology Week last year, Microbiology Society Champion Dr Linda Oyama took some time out from caring for her 8-week-old twins to teach primary school girls about DNA along with a team of female scientists from Queens University, Belfast. Here, Linda reflects on the day.
December 17, 2019
Each year, the Microbiology Society awards a number of grants that enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer break. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting a series of articles from members who were awarded Harry Smith Vacation Studentships this summer. This week is Megan Bradley, a third year Biotechnology student at Edge Hill University, UK.
December 13, 2019
Anyone who’s been enjoying the sun on a nice summers evening knows the dreaded whine made by mosquitoes on the hunt for a meal. In recent years mosquitoes have been appearing in the news more and more due outbreaks of diseases such as dengue and Zika. As if getting bitten by a mosquito wasn’t bad enough, if it is carrying the arbovirus, the saliva causing the annoying itchy bumps is actually helping the arbovirus infect you.
Evaluation of genome transmission in the parasite Leishmania after ablation of key DNA replication factors
December 4, 2019
Each year, the Microbiology Society awards a number of grants that enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer vacation. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting a series of articles from members who were awarded Harry Smith Vacation Studentships this summer. This week is David Anderson, a final year Microbiology student at the University of Glasgow.
November 15, 2019
This month on Microbe Talk is the third episode of Domino Effect, the podcast series where a Microbiology Society member is interviewed by another microbiologist who they have never met before. In this episode, Sarah Jones, PhD student in geomicrobiology at Birkbeck and UCL, is interviewed by Dr John Tregoning, Reader in Respiratory Infections at Imperial College London.
October 25, 2019
During the week beginning 12 August 2019, a number of postgraduate students at Maynooth University ran a summer school for undergraduate students. Here, PhD student Gerard Sheehan discusses the activities that took place during the week and how it went.
October 21, 2019
Whole genome sequencing has revolutionised many fields of study, not least microbiology. In a short time, its use in research has significantly improved our knowledge of bacteria and viruses. Earlier this year, Carmen Sheppard hosted a workshop on whole genome sequencing of Streptococcus pneumoniae in a public health reference laboratory. This meeting was supported by funding from the Microbiology Society.