Edinburgh Microbiology Forum

The Edinburgh Microbiology Forum has been set up as a focus for the growing and lively community of microbiologists in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is home to an impressive range of research in microbiology, with over 30 research groups working on all aspects of microbial life.  The University of Edinburgh houses an array microbial infectious disease labs spanning the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, The School of Biological Sciences and The Roslin Institute, integrated within the umbrella of Edinburgh Infectious Diseases.

In addition to a strong presence in microbial infection biology, the University has strengths in microbial biotechnology/synthetic biology (cell biology, chemistry), systems biology (synthetic and systems biology, physics of life), ecology/evolution (evolutionary biology) and fundamental cell and molecular biology (cell biology). Together, the ensemble of Edinburgh microbiology is an impressive force. The Edinburgh Microbiology Forum (EMF) provides information about the research, teaching, seminars and news in this exciting area of science.

2016 / 2017 seminar series **updated**


Tuesday 6 September 2016

  • Speaker:  Prof. Changjiang Dong, University of East Anglia
  • Title:  Structural basis of outer membrane biogenesis of Gram-negative bacteria and the opportunities for the development of novel antibiotics.
  • Time:  1 pm
  • Host: Thamarai Dorai-Schneiders

Tuesday 25 October 2016

  • Speaker:  Prof. Norval Strachan, University of Aberdeen and Food Standards Scotland
  • Title:  TBA
  • Time:  1 pm
  • Host: David Gally

Tuesday 8 November 2016

  • Speaker:  Dr. Stephania Spano, University of Aberdeen
  • Title:  Salmonella Typhi host-restriction: a novel Rab-dependent antimicrobial mechanism.
  • Time:  1 pm
  • Host: Mark Stevens

Tuesday 6 December 2016

  • Speaker:  Dr. Rob Kingsley, Institute of Food Research
  • Title:  TBA
  • Time:  1 pm
  • Host: TBA


Tuesday 10 January 2017

  • Speaker:  Donal Wall, University of Glasgow
  • Title:  The role of host cell apoptosis in deciding the outcome of bacterial infection
  • Time:  1 pm
  • Host: Stephen Nutbeam-Tuffs

Tuesday 28 February 2017

  • Speaker:  Simon Foster, University of Sheffield
  • Title:  Staphylococcus aureus infection dynamics
  • Time:  1 pm
  • Host: Ross Fitzgerald

Tuesday 14 March 2017

  • Speaker:  Peter Andrew, University of Leicester
  • Title: A new approach for the treatment of pneumococcal disease
  • Time:  1 pm
  • Host: Andreas Lengeling

April 2017 TBA

  • Speaker:  Neil Woodford, Public Health England
  • Title:  The growing challenge of Carbapenamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)
  • Time:  1 pm
  • Location: Chancellors Building, Little France Crescent, Little France, Edinburgh TBA
  • Host: Thamarai Schneiders

May 2017 TBA

  • Speaker:  Gillian Douce, University of Glasgow
  • Title:  TBA
  • Time:  1 pm
  • Host: Mark Stevens

Seminars will take place in the Basement Seminar room, The Roslin Institute (Easter Bush), at 1:00 pm unless otherwise indicated.  We aim to have them on the second Tuesday of each month, although occasionally this will not be possible.  There will be time for post-docs and graduate students to meet with the speaker as a group. 

If anyone specifically wishes to meet the speaker, please contact Robin Cassady-Cain (robin.cassady-cain@roslin.ed.ac.uk) in the first instance.  It is mandatory that all Roslin bacteriology graduate students attend these seminars.  If you wish to be added to the distribution list, and are not at the Roslin Institute, this can also be done by contacting Robin.

Organisation of Edinburgh Microbiology Forum

Edinbubrgh Microbiology Forum seminars are coordinated by Dr. Robin Cassady-Cain (robin.cassady-cain@roslin.ed.ac.uk)

with input from:

  • The Roslin Institute:
    • Prof. Ross Fitzgerald, Prof. David Gally, Dr. Andreas Lengeling, Dr. Jo Stevens, Prof. Mark Stevens*, Prof. Jose Vazquez-Boland* (*members of the EID executive committee)
  • Little France:
    • Dr. Thamarai Schneiders, Division of Pathway Medicine
  • King's Buildings:
    • Dr. Teuta Pilizota, Institute of Cell Biology

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