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Glasgow University Microbiome Initiative (GUMI) is a collection of researchers and clinicians from across the University of Glasgow and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with a passion for microbiome research.

In bringing together experts with diverse skillsets and interests in microbiome research under this umbrella, we aim to facilitate collaboration and increase both discovery and translational microbiome research across human and animal health and the environment.

Fostering a collaboration both within GUMI and with external partners will increase our capabilities in microbiome research, ensure impact of our findings and in the longer term increase societal impact of our findings.

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Education

Our Vision

 

With over 40 research groups independently studying the microbiome at the University of Glasgow and in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, GUMI aims to bring this expertise together to create a centre for excellence in microbiome research.

Fostering a collaboration both within GUMI and with external partners will increase our capabilities in microbiome research, ensure impact of our findings and in the longer term increase societal impact of our findings.  

 


Our People

Our People

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The Bingo Group

The Bacteria, Immunology, Nutrition, Gastroenterology and OMICS group is an interdisciplinary group of clinicians, immunologists, dietitians, nutritionists, microbiologists and experts in bioinformatics and statistical tools exploring the role of gut microbiota and its interaction with the diet and the immune system in health and disease.

 

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Glasgow Geomicrobiology Group

The Glasgow Geomicrobiology Group is a consortium of earth scientists from the University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde, exploring how microorganisms impact our environment at the nexus of the geosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.

 

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Dr Richard Burchmore

Senior Lecturer (Parasitology)        
Dr Richard Burchmore aims to exploit mass spectrometry approaches to understand the molecular basis of host-microbe interactions.

 

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Dr Emilie Combet

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition (Medicine)
My research focuses on nutrition and lifelong health trajectories. I am interested in the role of the microbiome in the transformation of dietary components into more bioavailable, bioactives compounds, how dietary component can, in turn, modulate the microbiome (oral, colonic). We use in vitro fermentation models and human intervention studies to explore these two axes.

 

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Dr Adam Dobson

UKRI Future Leadership Fellow (Institute of Molecular Cell & Systems Biology)
Dr Adam Dobson studies how microbial regulation of basic and conserved host cell function influences metabolism and ageing.

 

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Dr Gill Douce

Senior Lecturer (Bacteriology)
Our work aims to determine the impact of antibiotic treatment on the microbiome resulting in increased susceptibility to Clostridium difficile mediated disease.

 

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Dr Julia Edgar

Senior Lecturer (Immunology)
We study he role of the gut microbiome in the metabolism of neural cells.

 

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Professor Christine Edwards

Professor of Nutritional Physiology (Medicine)
We study the impact of dietary components on the metabolic activity of the gut microbiota and subsequent release and biological action of bioactive molecules and gases using in vitro models and human feeding trials.

 

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Dr Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay

Senior Lecturer (Infrastructure & Environment)
I am interested in understanding the interactions between microbial ecology and complex contamination in natural and engineering environments.

 

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Dr Daniel Gaya

Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing)
Consultant paediatric gastroenterologist with an interest in how the microbiome influences chronic gastrointestinal diseases, particularly inflammatory bowel disease.

 

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Professor Konstantinos Gerasimidis

Professor of Clinical Nutrition (Medicine)       
Head of the BINGO group and exploring the role of gut microbiota and its interaction with the diet and the immune system in health and disease.

 

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Glasgow Polyomics

Supporting data collection, analysis, interpretation and integration across multiple omics.

 

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Dr Richard Goodwin

Honorary Professor (Institute of Infection Immunity & Inflammation)
Applying novel imaging approaches to understand microbial communication with the host.

 

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Dr Richard Hansen

Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing)
Consultant paediatric gastroenterologist with research interest in applying microbial therapeutics to chronic gastrointestinal diseases, particularly inflammatory bowel disease.

 

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Dr Peter Hastie

Senior Lecturer (Veterinary Science & Education)
My primary interest is in the gastrointestinal tract of ruminants and horses looking at how the microbiome changes in response to dietary regimes and how it influences the gut-brain axis in terms of behaviour.

 

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Dr Umer Ijaz

Reader in Information Engineering (Infrastructure & Environment)    
Dr Ijaz develop pipelines and statistical tools to process and integrate different sources of 'omics data (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metabolomics, and metaproteomics) in environmental and medical science for microbial community analysis. Additionally, he is involved in developing bespoke hardware systems that exploit and harness the power of microbiome. He also manages a high-performance computing facility called Orion cluster, where workflows developed in his lab are routinely used to process 'omics data.

 

 

Dr Ross Langley

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing)
I am a Paediatric Respiratory Consultant with an interest in the microbiome and its effect on the respiratory health in children.

 

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Dr Martin Llewellyn

Reader (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
At the Llewellyn lab we are interested in the role of host-associated microbiota in salmon health and disease. We operate a salmon gut simulator called SalmoSim to address commercial and academic knowledge gaps in the aquaculture sector.

 

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Professor Barbara Mable

Professor of Evolutionary Genetics (IBAHCM)
In collaboration with Dr Umer Ijaz, I am interested in the role that the microbiome plays in adaptive processes in both plants and animals, including investigation of host-pathogen interactions.

 

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Professor Kevin Maloy

Professor Mucosal Immunology
My lab is interested in how particular components of the microbiome, sometimes termed pathobionts, are sensed by the host immune system and how these bacteria influence host immune circuits and predispose to intestinal inflammation.

 

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Professor Simon Milling

Professor of Immunology      
My lab focuses on the biology of dendritic cells in the intestine, and on how these cells respond to infectious or inflammatory stimuli.

 

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Dr John Moreau

Reader in Geomicrobiology & Environmental Geoscience (Earth Sciences)
My interests are in the biology of myeloid cells in the intestine, and in how dysregulated intestinal immune responses contribute to inflammatory disease. I work collaboratively to understand how the microbiota and their metabolites affect these processes.

 

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Dr Douglas Morrison

Reader (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre)
Develop and apply novel metabolic and isotopic probes to understand the function of the gut microbiome in human health.

 

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Dr Sean O'Cathail

Clinical Senior Lecturer
I am interested in microbiome research relating to rectal cancer treatment.

 

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Professor Gordon Ramage

Professor (Dental School)
The Ramage laboratory are interested in how bacteria and fungi interact in complex biofilm communities. We are using microbiome and mycobiome approaches to identify important relationships in order explore the molecular mechanisms behind these interactions.

 

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Professor Andrew Roe

Professor of Molecular Microbiology (Bacteriology)
Our research is focused gene regulation of bacteria, particularly pathotypes of Escherichia coli . The influence of the microbiome on metabolites and how these affect these pathogens is an active area of investigation in collaboration with Professor Konstantinos Gerasimidis.

 

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Dr Campbell Roxburgh

Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant (Translational Research Centre)
I’m a rectal cancer surgeon and along with Sean O’Cathail in clinical oncology we are interested in microbiome research relating to rectal cancer treatment.

 

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Professor Owen Sansom

Director, Institute of Cancer Sciences (Beatson Institute for Cancer Research)
We study the effect of the microbiome on the development/progression of colorectal cancer using genetically engineered mouse models and metabolomics.

 

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Professor Paul Shiels

Professor of Epigenetics
We have previously demonstrated that lower socio-economic position is associated with accelerated ageing in general population cohorts, where it is linked to imbalanced diet, phosphataemia and inflammatory status. We have also demonstrated that these features are associated with differential prevalence of pathogenic bacteria in those at lower SEP and with salutogenic bacteria in those at higher SEP. The identification of relatively small numbers of salutogenic bacteria associated with improved health span during normative ageing has offered significant mechanistic insight into how nutritional and  live bio-therapeutic strategies might improve age related health. We have now exploited these to investigate how the microbiota influences diseases of ageing, such as CKD, and how simple therapeutic interventions can help mitigate microbial dysbiosis.

 

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Professor Steve Sinkins

Professor in Microbiology and Tropical Medicine (Centre for Virus Research)
Research on the microbiome of Aedes and Anopheles mosquitoes, in particular the inherited symbionts that can block the transmission of mosquito-borne pathogens.

 

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Professor William Sloan

Professor of Environmental Engineering (Infrastructure & Environment)
My research aims to develop design rules for engineering complex microbial communities used in water biotechnologies.

 

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Professor Cindy Smith

Professor (Infrastructure & Environment)

 

 

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Professor Stephen Tait

Professor (Beatson Institute for Cancer Research)
I am interested in how the microbiome can impact the development and treatment of cancer, with special focus on inflammation and cell death.

 

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Dr Selina Tsim

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (Institute of Cancer Sciences)
My research interest is in the pleural microbiome in patients with malignant pleural disease managed with an indwelling pleural catheter (IPC), how the microbiome in IPC colonisation differs from IPC-related pleural infection and the effect the pleural microbiome has on response to anti-cancer treatment in malignant pleural mesothelioma.

 

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Dr Marta Vignola

Research Fellow (Infrastructure & Environment)
Through my research, I aim at understanding ecological patterns underlying the assembly of microbial communities in engineered systems for water treatment.

 

 

Professor Daniel Walker

Professor (Bacteriology)
We study species-specific protein antibiotics for microbiome engineering.

 

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Dr Donal Wall

Senior Lecturer (Bacteriology)
We study how microbiome-derived metabolites influence mammalian physiology.

 

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Dr Georgia Perona-Wright

Senior Lecturer (Immunology)
How do gut infections and the gut microbiome affect and train our immune systems? Do they alter susceptibility to other infections, in the gut and elsewhere in the body?

 

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Professor Huabing Yin

Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)
We have developed microfluidic tools to investigate microbial communities at the single-cell level, including rapid diagnosis of pathogens and metabolic function-based sorting of environmental microbiome.

 

Human health

AMR

  • Professor Gordon Ramage
  • Professor Andrew Roe
  • Professor Daniel Walker
  • Professor Huabing Yin

 

Biochemistry

  • BINGO Group
  • Dr Richard Burchmore
  • Dr Emilie Combet
  • Professor Christine Edwards
  • Dr Kostas Gerasimidis
  • Glasgow Polyomics
  • Professor Richard Goodwin
  • Dr Douglas Morrison (SUERC)
  • Professor Andrew Roe
  • Professor Daniel Walker
  • Dr Donal Wall
  • Professor Huabing Yin

 

Cancer

  • Sean O’Cathail
  • Campbell Roxburgh
  • Professor Owen Samson
  • Professor Stephen Tait
  • Selina Tsim

 

Clinical

  • BINGO Group
  • Dr Emilie Combet
  • Dr Daniel Gaya
  • Dr Kostas Gerasimidis
  • Dr Richard Hansen
  • Ross Langley
  • Sean O’ Cathail
  • Campbell Roxburgh
  • Professor Owen Samson
  • Selina Tsim

 

Epigenetics

  • Dr Adam Dobson
  • Glasgow Polyomics
  • Professor Paul Shiels

 

Immunology

  • BINGO Group
  • Professor Kevin Maloy
  • Professor Simon Milling
  • Dr Georgia Perona-Wright

 

Infection

  • BINGO Group
  • Dr Gill Douce
  • Professor Kevin Maloy
  • Professor Steven Sinkins
  • Dr Donal Wall
  • Dr Georgia Perona-Wright
  • Professor Huabing Yin

 

Models

  • Dr Emilie Combet
  • Dr Adam Dobson

 

Neuroscience

  • Dr Julia Edgar
  • Dr Donal Wall

 

Nutrition

  • BINGO Group
  • Dr Emilie Combet
  • Professor Christine Edwards
  • Dr Daniel Gaya
  • Dr Kostas Gerasimidis
  • Dr Douglas Morrison (SUERC)
  • Professor Paul Shiels

 

Oral

  • Dr Emilie Combet
  • Professor Gordon Ramage

 

Vaginal

  • Professor Gordon Ramage

 

Animal health

Infection

  • Dr Martin Llewellyn
  • Professor Barbara Mable

 

Nutrition

  • Dr Peter Hastie
  • Dr Martin Llewellyn

 

Behaviour

  • Dr Peter Hastie

 

Environmental

Geomicrobiology

  • Glasgow Geomicrobiology Group
  • Dr John Moreau

 

Bioremediation

  • Dr Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay

 

Microbial ecology

  • Dr Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay
  • Dr John Moreau
  • Professor William T. Sloan

 

Bioinformatics

Microbial informatics

  • Dr Umer Ijaz
  • Glasgow Polyomics

 

Machine learning

  • Dr Umer Ijaz

 

Metabolomics

  • Glasgow Polyomics

Opportunities

Research & Teaching Positions

Currently no vacancies available  

Management, Professional, and Administrative

Currently no vacancies available 

Technical & Specialist

Currently no vacancies available 

Funded PhD Opportunities

Currently no vacancies available 

Operational

Currently no vacancies available

Clinical

Currently no vacancies available


Contact Us

 

Email Dr Donal Wall with any questions or concerns

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