University of Southampton – Core University

For inquiries, please contact Professor Jeremy Webb: jswebb@soton.ac.uk.

Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Research Areas & Focuses

  1. Microbial biofilm development mechanisms and their control
  2. Adaptive biology and physiology of biofilms
  3. Signals and controls of biofilm dispersal (E.g. nitric oxide)
  4. Biofilm Microbial Ecology and Evolution
  5. Pathogen survival and detection e.g. e.g. Legionella, Helicobacter, E. coli O157, MRSA, C. difficile.
  6. Microbial intercations in multi-species communities
  7. Marine Pelagic Biofilms
  8. Biofilms in the environment, the built environment and clinical practice
  9. Surface contamination, and decontamination procedures
  10. Occurrence and horizontal gene transfer, e.g. AMR: carbapenemase and ESBL genes in soil microbiomes
  11. Marine Biofouling
  12. Biofilm regulatory environment

Facilities

Researchers

Professor Jeremy Webb
Professor Bill Keevil
Dr Marc Dumont
Dr Ivo Tews
Professor Tom Bibby
Professor Peter Smith
Professor Guy Poppy

Department Link

Biofilms and Microbial Communities Research Grouping

 

Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Research Areas & Focuses

  1. Biofilms in respiratory airway disease (cystic fibrosis, COPD, PCD)
  2. Biofilm clinical trials; NIHR clinical translational infrastucture
  3. Bio-markers for infection
  4. Chronic non-healing wounds and wound models
  5. Biofilm diagnostics
  6. Novel biofilm-targeted therapeutics
  7. Novel virulence inhibitors
  8. Host-biofilm interactions
  9. Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs)
  10. Surface contamination/decontamination
  11. Skin health and associated nursing interventions
  12. Wound healing
  13. Prevention of biofilms on urinary catheters and equipment
  14. Catheter Technology
  15. Nursing and Catheter Management

Facilities

Researchers

Professor Saul Faust
Dr  Gary Connett
Mr Rami Salib
Dr David Voegeli
Professor Jane Lucas
Professor Mandy Fader

 

Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

Research Areas & Focuses

  1. Clean water and safe sewage
  2. Surface Decontamination
  3. Infection prevention
  4. Antimicrobial resistance
  5. Ultrasound and acoustic bubble technology for biofilm removal
  6. Control of dental biofilms
  7. Diagnostics (including novel paper-based microfluidic diagnostics)
  8. Mechanical strength of biofilms and removal strategies
  9. Biofilm monitoring in medicine, industry and natural environments
  10. Influence of genetic and environmental factors on biofilm development and dynamic behavior
  11. Algal biomass for renewable energy and biorefinery product generation
  12. Renewable energy production through anaerobic digestion

Facilities

  • National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)
  • EPSRC Network for Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention
  • Optoelectronics Research Centre
  • Microfluidics: Centre for Hybrid Biodevices
  • Bioenergy and Organic Resources Research Group
  • The µ -VIS centre

Researchers

Professor Tim Leighton FRS
Professor Paul Stoodley
Dario Carugo
Professor Rob Eason
Dr Collin Sones
Professor Hywel Morgan
Dr Sonia Heaven
Dr Julian Wharton