- Lecturer in Microbiology (Bacteriology)
Bacterial manipulation of Programmed Cell Death (PCD) during infection facilitates the persistence of bacterial pathogens within host immune cells. This we believe contributes to the prolonged inflammation and severe pathology seen in many bacterial infections. By gaining an understanding of the mechanisms of bacterial targeting of these pathways we aim for therapeutic strategies to combat long term infection (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and also to use the same knowledge to understand diseases where PCD is malfunctioning (cancer).
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