Microbial sciences

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Understanding the genetics of disease-causing microorganisms is crucial. It helps us to understand what makes them tick, which can be exploited in the development of new and improved treatments. The end goal of studying microbial genetics it to relieve the burden of infectious disease.

Microorganisms are the most abundant life forms on earth. They grow in diverse environments and are responsible for countless processes we often take for granted. At the University of Leicester, we are particularly interested in microorganisms which cause disease - we call these pathogens. Understanding the genetics of pathogens gives us a better understanding of the diseases they causes, and how we can treat them. Below are links to resources on some bacterial pathogens causing life threatening diseases,  the symptoms and treatment options for these diseases, and our work to better understand them.





Note: the diseases above can be caused by several different microorganisms. These pages will outline our work on the major causes of these conditions.


With time, infections caused by bacteria are becoming increasingly harder to treat. This is due in part to the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria, and by the spread of resistance between individual bacterial cells.


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Take a look at some of the research we do here at the University of Leicester. You can read summaries of our projects at either secondary or higher education level.


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