• Get involved in this year’s prize award panel

    February 24, 2021

    Each year, the Microbiology Society awards five Prize Lectures in recognition of significant contributions to microbiology. We are asking members to volunteer to join the Prize Award Panel, which will judge nominations for the 2022 Prizes and 2023 Prize Medal. In this blog, Dr Jerry Reen from University College Cork talks about his experience on last year’s Prize Award Panel. 

  • JMM Editor’s Choice: an in vitro model for Mycobacterium pneumoniae infection

    February 22, 2021

    This month, Associate Professor Rikke Mayer discusses “Modelling persistent Mycoplasma pneumoniae biofilm infections in a submerged BEAS-2B bronchial epithelial tissue culture model”, which was chosen as Editor’s Choice for the December issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

  • Coronastream: a backdrop of fire, smoke and ash

    February 15, 2021

    In this special blog series, medical microbiologists led by Dr Tim Inglis summarise some of the research that will be essential to inform COVID-19 countermeasures. Find out more about the project in Dr Inglis' Editorial 'Logic in the time of coronavirus', published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology

  • ‘A Sustainable Future’ online focus groups

    February 11, 2021

    In June and July 2020, as part of the ‘A Sustainable Future’ project, the Policy team ran a series of online focus groups to explore the challenges and opportunities for microbiology in the fields of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the circular economy and soil health. Over the course of three weeks, the online focus groups collectively brought together 105 people including microbiologists, non-microbiology researchers, industry and policy representatives, who discussed what more could be done if there were fewer barriers, and the interventions needed to achieve a sustainable future. Here, early-career researchers Laura and Quentin discuss their experience of the focus groups. 

  • New microbes discovered in beef, glaciers and a cockroach

    February 9, 2021

    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: how does chronic Staphylococcus aureus infection influence cystic fibrosis?

    February 4, 2021

    Each month, a manuscript published in our flagship journal Microbiology is chosen by a member of the Editorial Board. This month, the paper is titledAn ex vivo cystic fibrosis model recapitulates key clinical aspects of chronic Staphylococcus aureus infection’ and was chosen by Professor David Grainger.

  • From a postdoc: how could supervising a studentship benefit your professional development?

    February 1, 2021

    Each year, the Microbiology Society awards a number of grants that enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer vacation and provide early- and mid-career scientists the opportunity to gain supervision experience. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting a series of blogs from members who were awarded Harry Smith Vacation Studentships in 2020. This week is postdoctoral researcher Dr Angharad Green, University of Liverpool. Angharad recently supervised undergraduate student Thomas Barton during his summer project which determined gene expression changes in a pneumococcal gpsA deletion mutant, relative to the D39-wild type.

  • MicroNews January

    January 29, 2021

    MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss some of the times microbes and microbiology have been in the news over the last month. Listen to Matt and Laura discussing the microbes beetles use to hide their food, sea star wasting disease and the inherited microbiome of plants.

  • Exploring co-culturing to enhance antimicrobial compound production among isolates generated through the Antibiotics Unearthed Programme

    January 27, 2021

    Each year, the Microbiology Society awards a number of grants that enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer vacation and provide early- and mid-career scientists the opportunity to gain supervision experience. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting a series of blogs from members who were awarded Harry Smith Vacation Studentships in 2020. This week is lecturer Dr Niall O’Leary and undergraduate student Leah McPhillips from University College Cork.
     

  • Coronastream: buckle down for a wild ride

    January 26, 2021

    In this special blog series, medical microbiologists led by Dr Tim Inglis summarise some of the research that will be essential to inform COVID-19 countermeasures. Find out more about the project in Dr Inglis' Editorial 'Logic in the time of coronavirus', published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.