Microbes and Me

bacteria attached to epithelial cells

Homo sapiens are a symbiotic association of mammalian and microbial cells with the latter (the indigenous microbiota) outnumbering the former by a factor of 10. The indigenous microbiota are highly diverse and consists of more than 2,000 different species which are organised into a variety of communities whose composition varies with the anatomical site.

Although some species are able to cause disease, our microbial symbionts collectively exert a number of beneficial effects. Hence they protect us against exogenous pathogens, provide up to 10% of our energy requirements, supply a range of vitamins and play a key role in the development of our immune system and mucosal surfaces

The main objective of 'Microbes and Me' was to raise awareness of the existence of our indigenous microbiota. By using modern exhibition techniques, talks and seminars. Starting at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2009.

Microbes and Me was funded by a People Award from The Wellcome Trust and involved the following:

  • Professor Michael Wilson (UCL)
  • Dr Mark Lythgoe (UCL)
  • Prof David Becker (UCL)
  • Dr Ben Martynoga (NIMR)
  • Dr Derren Ready (UCL)
  • Ms Maria Blyzinsky (The Exhibitions Team)
  • Ms Sian Flynn (The Exhibitions Team)
  • Ms Kristen Lippincott (The Exhibitions Team)
  • Ms Ana Maria Harbottle (The Exhibitions Team)

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