Dynamics and Management of Host Microbe Interactions

This theme investigates host-microbe interactions across scales, from the molecular interplay between microbe and host, through to modelling the changes in parasite frequency in populations. We study medical, agricultural, and wildlife systems on the basis that fundamental advances in one system can lead to applied benefits in another.

Areas of research

  • Determining microbial factors that determine the progression of infection
  • Evaluating why infection outcome varies between individuals, with particular reference to the impact of individual condition and history of infection
  • Understanding the development of the microbiome in a healthy host, and understanding the importance of symbiotic microbes for host function
  • Combining the above to understand the dynamics of pathogens/parasites in natural populations, and their influence on host ecology and evolution.

Theme lead

Professor Greg Hurst