Professor Mike Barer

Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Honorary Consultant Microbiologist

Contact detailsProfessor M Barer

Personal Assistant: TBC

Office: 136b, MSB

Telephone:(+44) (0)116 252 2951/2933



We work at the interface between bacterial physiology and human infection concentrating on Tuberculosis and gastrointestinal infections.

Themes include:

  • The physiology of M. tuberculosis during infection;
  • TB genomics applied to public health and strain characterisation in real time;
  • The nature of bacterial viability and its practical detection;
  • The biological properties of enteric bacteria that underpin their transmission;
  • Methods to determine the properties of bacteria in their natural environments;
  • Culture-independent approaches to determining the aetiology and pathogenesis of bacterial diseases.
  • Publications

Selected Recent Publications

Cheah ES, Malkin J, Free RC, Lee SM, Perera N, Woltmann G, Patel H, Kimmitt PT, Smith RJ, Rajakumar K, Barer MR. A two-tube combined TaqMan/SYBR Green assay to identify microbacteria and detect single global lineage-defining polymorphisms in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J Mol Diagn 2010;12(2):250-6

Mukamolova GV, Turapov O, Malkin J, Woltmann G, Barer M. Resuscitation-promoting factors reveal an occult population of tubercle Baccilli in sputum. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2010;181(2):174-80

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Contact Details

Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation,
Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 9HN, UK 

General enquiries to:
Alison Brown

T:+44 (0)116 252 2951
F:+44 (0)116 252 5030

Postgraduate enquiries to: 
Susan Kapadia (PhD)

Anna Boyce (MSc)

Erasmus and Study Abroad Co-ordinator:

Professor Peter Andrew

T: +44 (0)116 252 2951

Other contact details can be found in People

Head of Department: Professor Andy Wardlaw

Deputy Head of Department: Dr Shaun Heaphy

Respiratory Team Lead: Professor David Cousins

Microbial Sciences Team Lead: TBC

Renal team Lead: Dr Jon Barratt