4 July 2012
Dr Adam Roberts, Lecturer in Microbial Diseases, received an award for his work earlier this year, and discusses his research in a new podcast.
In February, Dr Roberts received the Young Investigator Award from the Centre for Biofilm Engineering for his work on the biology of mobile genetic elements and horizontal gene transfer in oral biofilms (dental plaque.)
His research group has been researching the transfer of genes encoding antibiotic resistance amongst bacteria that inhabit the oral cavity and – together with colleagues in the Institute’s department of Microbial Diseases – have demonstrated that oral bacteria can act as a reservoir for antimicrobial resistance genes.
The Society for General Microbiology’s monthly Microbe Talk podcast takes an in-depth look at different microbiology topics. Entitled ‘Dental plaque and jumping genes’, the June 2012 edition features Dr Roberts discussing his work on mobile genetic elements in oral bacteria, and how this contributes to the increasing problem of antimicrobial resistance.
You can listen to the podcast online or download it as an mp3 from the SGM website.