My teaching aims to engage and animate students in the experimental aspects of molecular biology, biochemistry and single-molecule biophysics, with a view to enhancing critical thinking while increasing a core knowledge base.
My tutorials cover the design, planning and execution of experiments in the biological and physical life sciences. This is carried out in parallel to critical reading and analysis of scientific journals; in this respect, students will develop their presentation skills in a journal-club-style environment.
Final-year projects carried out under my supervision will focus on the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR is a growing problem, with a review commissioned by the Department for Health suggesting that if action wasn’t taken then AMR could account for a death every three seconds by 2050.
Project students will aim to search for novel genes responsible for AMR in E. coli. Students will be responsible for selection and justification of an antimicrobial of their choice. They will screen libraries of E. coli genes and gene deletions using microbiological techniques in order to identify any genes conferring resistance to their antimicrobial of choice. They will then use bioinformatic studies to interrogate the genes confirmed to confer AMR.