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Microbiology and Microbiomes

This research is carried out in the Oral Biosciences Laboratory in the Dental Hospital which has sufficient space for up to 15 researchers and houses equipment for microbiology and molecular biology. The group are internationally recognised as experts on the biology of the fungal pathogens Candida albicans and C. dubliniensis (Sullivan & Moran) and the molecular epidemiology and population biology of MRSA and coagulase-negative staphylococci and are leaders in the area of whole genome sequencing (Coleman & Shore).

The group are internationally recognised as experts in the field of translational research on novel technologies for automated decontamination of medical devices and water networks and carry out research with several industrial partners (Coleman & O’Donnell).

The microbiology of periodontal diseases, dental implants and the biology of periodontal pathogens are ongoing research interests (Polyzois, Coleman & Moran). Research on the characterisation of the human oral microbiome by 16S profiling is also an emerging area of research (Moran, Healy & Fleming).

Further details of our research can be found by selecting the staff links below: