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The Microbiology Editorial Board has been organised by the topic areas of the journal, emphasising the breadth of microbiology as a field, and streamlining the submission process for authors. On submission, authors are encouraged to highlight a suitable handling Editor in their cover letter. 


Andrew Preston Twitter

University of Bath, UK 

Deputy Editors-in-Chief

Steve Diggle
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

Sarah Hooper Twitter
Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Microbe Profiles Editor

Gail Preston University of Oxford, UK

Microbial Primers Editor

Steve Diggle Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Senior Editors

Dany Beste University of Surrey, UK

Microbial metabolism; microbial pathogenesis; Tuberculosis; Mycobacteria; host-pathogen interactions

Michael Brockhurst University of Manchester, UK

Experimental evolution; horizontal gene transfer; plasmid; phage; coevolution

Sam Brown Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Ecology and evolution; math and quantitative microbiology; socio-microbiology; synthetic communities; virulence

Susanne Gebhard Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany 

Bacterial signalling pathways; gene regulation; antimicrobial resistance; bacterial stress responses; biotechnology

Jeffrey Gralnick University of Minnesota, St Paul, USA

Electromicrobiology; synthetic biology; iron reduction; iron oxidation; bacterial physiology; anaerobic metabolism

Matt Hutchings John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Signal transduction; protein secretion; cell envelope biogenesis; antibiotic biosynthesis and transport; lipoprotein biosynthesis 

Willem van Schaik University of Birmingham, UK 

Antimicrobial resistance; human microbiome; Gram- positive and Gram- negative opportunistic pathogens; mobile genetic elements

Martin Welch University of Cambridge, UK

Stress; central and secondary metabolism; growth; 'omics; DNA biology; RNA biology; biochemistry 


John Atack Griffith University, Australia

Bacterial pathogens; phase variation; bacterial-host interactions; bacterial gene regulation; adhesins

Jessica Blair University of Birmingham, UK

Antibiotics; antibiotic resistance; efflux; antimicrobials; bacterial physiology

Mathieu Cayla University of York, UK

Parasitology; differentiation; signalling; protein kinase; autophagy 

David Clarke University College Cork, Ireland

Symbiosis; membrane lipids; human gut microbiome; entomopathogens; biofilms

Fabian Commichau University of Hohenheim, Germany

Microbial physiology; regulation; second messenger; sensing and signalling; metabolism

James Connolly Newcastle University, UK

Escherichia coli; Type 3 secretion; pathogenesis; colonisation; transcriptomics 

Gautam Dey European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany 

Cell cycle; nuclear organisation; protist cell biology; fungal cell biology; experimental evolution 

Katherine Duncan University of Newcastle, UK

Actinobacteria; antibiotics; microbial metabolomics; natural products; specialised metabolites 

Andrew Edwards Imperial College London, UK

Antibiotic; resistance; membrane; LPS; novel therapeutics

Jenna Gallie Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

Evolution; translation/protein synthesis/tRNA; genomic architecture; c-di-GMP; phage

Brigitte Gasser University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

James Hall University of Liverpool, UK

Microbial evolution; plasmids; horizontal gene transfer; microbial ecology; experimental evolution

Rebecca Hall University of Kent, UK

Fungal cell wall synthesis; environmental adaptation; cell signalling; host-pathogen interactions; fungal biology; polymicrobial interactions; antimicrobial resistance

Nicola Holden Scotland's Rural College, Edinburgh, UK

Molecular microbiology; plant-microbe interactions; environmental microbiology; microbiomes; pathogens

Stineke van Houte University of Exeter, UK

Bacteriophage; plasmid; antimicrobial resistance; antimicrobials; bacterial immunity 

Ayush Kumar University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Gram-negative bacteria; multidrug resistance; environmental determinants of resistance; efflux pumps

Jacob Malone John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Rhizosphere microbiology; Pseudomonas species; bacterial signalling pathways; molecular plant-microbe interactions; bacterial biocontrol 

Humberto Martín Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain

Fungal signal transduction; MAPK; protein kinases; protein phosphatases; yeast synthetic biology 

Despoina Mavridou University of Texas at Austin, USA

Cell envelope biology; oxidative protein folding; toxin-mediated interbacterial competition; antimicrobial resistance; antibiotic resistance proteins

Patrick Moynihan University of Birmingham, UK

Mycobacteria; cell wall; glycobiology; tuberculosis; enzymology

Christopher Mulligan University of Kent, UK

Transporters; biochemistry; structural biology; lipids; membranes

Jolanda van Munster Scotland's Rural College, Edinburgh UK

Lignocellulose degradation; carbohydrate metabolism; CAZyme biochemistry; fungal physiology; Aspergillus, Neocallimastigomycota

Angela Nobbs University of Bristol, UK

Streptococcus; bacterial adhesins; polymicrobial interactions; biofilms; host-pathogen interaction 

Daniel Neill University of Dundee, UK

Respiratory infection; Pneumococcus; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; microbial adaptation; infection models 

Pedro Oliveira Genoscope, Évry France

Genomics; computational biology; multiscale biology; biotechnology; epigenetics 

Robert Quinn Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Microbiome; microbial communities; microbial metabolism; metabolomics; polymicrobial infections 

Henrik Strahl Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, Biosciences Institute, Newcastle University, UK

Cell wall; cell membrane; antibiotics; microscopy; bioenergetics

Nichollas Scott University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Glycosylation; proteomics; Burkholderia; Acinetobacter; protein-modifications

Gerd Seibold DTU Bioengineering, Lyngby, Denmark

Bacterial fermentation; physiology; carbohydrate metabolism; Corynebacterium glutamicum; metabolic engineering

Nicholas Tucker University of Suffolk, UK

Pseudomonas putida; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; transcription; gene regulation; bioplastic; synthetic biology; water quality; coliforms

Meera Unnikrishnan University of Warwick, UK

Bacterial pathogenesis (Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile); Type VII secretion systems; gut-microbe interactions; mixed microbial communities; intracellular survival mechanisms

Marjan van der Woude University of York, UK

Gram-negative bacteria; regulation; cell surfaces; microbial communities; interdisciplinary approaches

This topics area include research related to the control of gene expression including genome scale studies and molecular mechanisms. Details of how cells perceive and generate signals, either intra- or extra-cellular, are also appropriate.

Mathieu Cayla Univeristy of York, UK

My research focus on the understanding of the signalling pathways regulating cellular differentiation, adaptation and survival of Trypanosome parasites during hosts infection.

Fabian Commichau University of Hohenheim, Germany

My research focusses on the genomic adaptation of Bacillus subtilis in response to changes in glutamate and identifying the environmental signals that control c-di-AMP synthesis and degradation.

James Connolly Newcastle University, UK

I am particularly interested in understanding how the host environment influences pathogen gene expression, and how these global effects are controlled specifically by transcription factors.

Rebecca Hall University of Kent, UK

I am interested in how microbes adapt to their immediate environment and how the sensing of multiple environmental cues are integrated into a single response. This not only includes physical environments, but also the presence of other microbes in the environment.

Nicola Holden Scotland's Rural College, Edinburgh, UK

My research interests include how bacterial adaptation to alternative hosts and habitats induces wholescale changes in transient gene expression, and/or selects for specific genotypes. As such regulatory changes or genotypes that increase fitness in secondary hosts & habitats are of interest. Layered on top of this is community interactions and the ability of the ‘newcomer’ to sense, adapt to and establish into an endemic microbiome.

Ayush Kumar University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

My research interests include the assembly of RND pump complexes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa to design new therapy that could inhibit these pumps by interfering with the assembly of different components.

Jacob Malone John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

I have interests in the bacterial signalling pathways that control microbial interactions with plants. I have characterized several Pseudomonas signalling pathways at the molecular level. This includes transcription factors, novel translational regulators and second messenger signalling pathways.

Humberto Martín Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain

My research interests include the MAPK-mediated signalling in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Nicholas Tucker University of Suffolk, UK

My research interests include transcriptomic studies of DNA-binding antibiotics inhibit transcription as well as regulation of nitrogen metabolism in bacteria.

Marjan van der Woude University of York, UK

I am interested in understanding regulatory networks, or gaining new insight into regulatory mechanisms and processes, and identifying novel regulation for important genes, since this informs the success of bacteria in their changing environment. My expertise extends to the occurrence and underlying molecular mechanisms of heterogeneous gene expression in clonal populations. My main interest in this area lies with bacterial pathogens and E. coli as a model system.

Gladys Alexandre The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Expertise: plant-microbe interactions, microbial physiology and chemotaxis signal transduction, molecular mechanisms of chemotaxis signal transduction in plant-growth promoting bacteria (Azospirillum brasilense and Rhizobium leguminosarum) and on the mechanisms used to integrate metabolism with chemotaxis signaling. 

Nataliia V. Annenkova Cytology Russian Academy of Science, Russia

Expertise: Phylogeography, evolution, adaptations and systematics of dinoflagellates; DNA metabarcoding, phylogenomics and ecology of aquatic protists. I am a molecular geneticist, who is interested in evolution and phylogeography of protists. Particularly, my research focus on how protists species evolve. My main objects are dinoflagellates and some other freshwater protists from Lake Baikal, which is one of the world biodiversity "hotspot".

Sheyda Azimi The Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Expertise: Host-pathogen interaction, biofilms, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, chronic infection. 

Manuel Banzhaf Newcastle University, UK

Expertise: Research explores the use of high-throughput approaches to phenotype pathogens. Those methods allow him to study a) the bacterial cell envelope, a cellular compartment harbouring many determinants and processes related to antimicrobial resistance; b) how differences in DNA sequence result in phenotypic variability of pathogens to improve antimicrobial treatment regimens.

Fadil Bidmos Imperial College London, UK

Expertise: His research has focused on the areas of phase variation of bacterial surface antigens, meningococcal carriage studies and preclinical vaccine development.

Michael Bottery University of Manchester, UK

Expertise: Bacterial evolution, Antimicrobial Microbial Resistance, Multi-drug resistance, Plasmids, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli.

Michelle Buckner University of Birmingham, UK

Expertise: Her team's research focuses on understanding plasmid-mediated antimicrobial resistance in clinically-relevant Gram-negative bacteria. Research in Dr Buckner’s group focuses primarily on: understanding how plasmids impact the host bacteria; understanding plasmid dynamics among populations; devising strategies to reduce the impact of plasmid-mediated resistance.

Delma Childers University of Aberdeen, UK

Expertise: Medical mycology, antifungal resistance, antimicrobial resistance, microbial pathogenesis, molecular biology. Group is interested in understanding how different mechanisms of antifungal resistance affect yeast fitness and adaptation during commensalism and disease.

Nicole De Nisco University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Expertise: urinary tract infection, microbiome, host-pathogen interactions, inflammation, metagenomics, bacterial genomics.

Giulia Degiacomi University of Pavia, Italy

Expertise: tuberculosis, antimicrobials, enzymology, metabolism.

Stephen Dolan Clemson University, USA

Expertise: Mechanistic and regulatory aspects of virulence in opportunistic human pathogens: Aspergillus fumigatus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Polymicrobial interactions, central metabolism, natural product biosynthesis and functional genomics. Large scale omics techniques (transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics) in combination with targeted reverse genetics and biochemical techniques (enzymology, structural biology).

Morgan Feeney University of Strathclyde, UK

Expertise: Streptomyces genetics; oxidative stress; thiol redox biology; translation initiation; E. coli genetics; suppressor analysis.

Lorena Fernández-Martínez Glasgow University, UK

Expertise: Actinomycetes biology, actinomycetes microbial interactions, antibiotic production in actinomycetes, natural products' biosynthesis, natural products' regulation, transcriptional regulation actinomycetes. My research interests are focused on understanding regulatory mechanisms showing novel regulatory elements or complex signalling pathways, leading to the production of specialized metabolites, such as antibiotics and other clinically relevant compounds in actinomycetes. I am also working on understanding transcriptional regulation of Streptomyces when grown in soil in order to understand their biology and the production of cryptic and silent specialized metabolite biosynthetic gene clusters, as well as interactions of actinomycetes with other microorganisms, mainly bacteria and fungi, that might lead to the activation of relevant regulatory pathways.

Ville Friman University of Helsinki, Finland

Expertise: Microbial evolution, microbial ecology, coevolution, rhizosphere microbiome, phages, virome, antibiotic resistance.

Stephen Gordon University College Dublin, Ireland

Expertise: Omics approaches to the human tuberculosis (TB) pathogen, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and the bovine TB pathogen, Mycobacterium bovis, to accelerate vaccine and diagnostic development and reveal the molecular basis of pathogen-host preference. Keywords: Tuberculosis; comparative genomics; virulence; whole genome sequencing; genomic epidemiology.

James Gurney Georgia State University, USA

Expertise: Bacteria molecular, microbiology, PCR, microbial molecular biology, bacteriology, general microbiology, antibiotic resistance, microbial culture, antimicrobials, microbial ecology.

Ivan Hapala Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak Republic

Mechanisms of intracellular lipid transfer, mitochondrial functions in eukaryotic cells, anaerobic metabolism of yeast, mechanisms of the fungicidal activity of various antifungals, lipid droplet biogenesis and functions, and production of valuable lipids in yeast.

Freya Harrison University of Warwick, UK

Expertise: Antibiotic resistance, bacteriology, biofilm, chronic infection, infection models, natural products.

Laura Hobley University of Nottingham, UK

Expertise: Microbial interactions, microbial physiology, bacterial predation (Bdellovibrio and predatory bacteria), biofilm formation (currently in Gram negative bacteria – Klebsiella and Acinetobacter, but previously in Gram-positive – Bacillus subtilis), bacteriophage, antimicrobial resistance in Gram-negative bacteria.

Damon Huber University of Birmingham, UK

Expertise: Sec; SecA; protein targeting; protein folding; protein translocation; protein secretion; molecular genetics. Using genetics and molecular biology to understand the targeting of proteins to the Sec machinery for translocation across the cytoplasmic membrane in Escherichia coli.

Ciaran Kelly Northumbria University, UK

Expertise: Synthetic biology, gene regulation, synthetic metabolism, metabolic engineering, small bacterial RNAs and feedback circuits.

Baptiste Leroy Research Institute for Biosciences, Belgium

Expertise: Purple bacteria; cyanobacteria; metabolism; adaptation; omics. Working on C and N metabolism in purple bacteria and cyanobacteria using omics tools. Metabolic adaptation of prokaryotes to various kind of conditions.

Arun Kumar Mishra Banaras Hindu University, India

Expertise: phylogenetics, cyanobacteira, cytogenetics, enzymology, metabolism.

Tanya Parish Seattle Children's Research Institute, USA

Expertise: Bacterial pathogenicity, Mycobacteria, bacterial gene expression/regulation, mutagenesis, antibiotic resistance, TB drug discovery, new antibacterials.

Gerard Sheehan University of Birmingham, UK

Expertise: Galleria mellonella, fungi, Aspergillus, Candida, proteomics, dermatology, infections.

William Smith University of Manchester, UK

Expertise: Microbial genomics, ecology, evolution and computational modelling, with a particular interest in bacterial competition and toxin secretion.

Diana Tamayo University of Exeter, UK

Expertise: Fungi, microbial genetics, molecular biology, pathogenicity, host pathogen interaction, fungal cell biology, medical mycology, oxidative stress, single cell RNA-Seq, gene expression. My general research interests focus on understanding how human fungal pathogens interact with the host and how that interaction influences morphology and pathogenicity. I am currently studying the opportunistic human pathogen C. neoformans, specifically in the novel virulence mechanism named titanization.

Elinor Thompson University of Greenwich, UK

Expertise: Dictyostelium, membrane protease, organellar evolution, cyanobacteria, photosynthesis, secondary metabolite transport.

Hung-Ji Tsai University of Birmingham, UK

Expertise: Dr Hung-Ji Tsai is interested in how aneuploidy, an unbalanced genomic state with gain or loss of chromosomes, enables rapid adaptation to diverse environment. His research focus is to understand the distinct cellular processes driven by aneuploidy (and other large-scale genome instability) during the acquisition of antifungal drug resistance.

Simon Waddell University of Sussex, UK

Expertise: Mycobacterial pathogenicity, host-pathogen interactions, anti-mycobacterial compounds.

Rachel Wheatley University of Oxford, UK

Expertise: Microbial evolution, AMR, symbiosis, TnSeq.

Rosanna Wright University of Manchester, UK

Expertise: plasmids, phage, antibiotics, P. aeruginosa, microbial evolution, phage resistance, phage therapy.

Meng Zhang Northumbria University, UK

Expertise: Microbial biotechnology, bioengineering, engineered living materials, bio-digital fabrication, functionally graded biomaterials.

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