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Welcome to Microbiology in the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

The subject area Microbiology deals with microscopic organisms that were first described by Antony van Leeuwenhoek in 1676. However, major advances were only made since the 19th century by scientists such as Ferdinand Cohn, Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch.

Despite the small size of microorganisms their impact on the environment, industry and medicine can not be overstated.

Rapid advances in microbiology have revolutionised virtually all aspects of society. Just think about antibiotics, food production and safety, washing powders, clean drinking water, production of pharmaceuticals to name but a few areas.

Key areas of microbiology research in the School are in infectious diseases and engineering of microorganisms to produce valuable components such as antibiotics and bioplastics. In addition the staff has an interest in the degradation of toxic compounds from the environment using micro organisms. The web sites of the staff provide greater detail.

Microbiology research in the School of Biomolecular and Biomolecular Science is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the European Union, the Health Research Board, the Department of Agriculture and Food, the Environmental Agency, the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology and Enterprise Ireland

Water quality research