2012 ~ Present

Drug Discovery


To understand the processes by which biological systems especially those producing antibiotics grow in order to maximise the yield

Issues Involved or Addressed

In order to isolate novel antibiotic-producing bacteria from underexplored sites, such the Atacama Desert in Chile, we are employing colour-based dereplication and Hyper Spectral Imaging to identify organisms that synthesise potentially novel bioactive compounds. This project draws together Microbiology, Image Processing and Mathematics students to apply multi-disciplinary skills in overcoming the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.

Methods and Technologies

  • CAT2 laboratory
  • Matlab Software
  • Hyperspectral camera
  • Image processing
  • Innoculation
  • Mathematical modelling

Academic Majors of Interest

Preferred Interests and Preparation

EEE- interest in image processing, data modelling and biology Biology:- Interest in computer based modelling Maths interested in apply mathematics to real world problem

Team Advisors

Dr Paul Herron