Biological Sciences Student publishes in Journal of Applied Microbiology

Previous Bsc (Hons) Biological Sciences graduate Mr Oliver Kitt and staff from PaBS have recently published a study into the microbial activity of a modified calixerene polymer bound to a silicone substrate in the presence of pathogens associated with catheter infections. The study showed that the calixerene polymer is the active part of the coating and that biofilm formation was dramatically reduced.

Oliver, a former Biological Sciences student at UoB graduated in 2011, then returned to the university as a research assistant working alongside Dr Anna Guildford, Mr Chris Morris and Dr Ian Cooper.

Oliver says “Working on this project after my degree was a great learning experience, both about laboratory work and some of the business aspects surrounding it. Working in the lab was a fun and fulfilling time and I enjoyed every moment.”

The paper, titled “The effect of urinary Foley catheter substrate material on the antimicrobial potential of calixerene-based molecules” and published in Journal of Applied Microbiology, can be read here

Welcome Biosciences

For our Welcome Events in the Biosciences we conducted an Actionbound scavenger hunt, aimed at improving the students’ knowledge and navigation of the Moulsecoomb campus. The points gained in the scavenger hunt resulted in awarded straws which were used to build the egg-holding contraptions needed for the big “Egg Drop Challenge”. 105 students took part in the scavenger hunt – we had 23 teams complete the missions and tasks, resulting in some great pictures with Matt from the School Office. Unfortunately not a single egg survived the big egg drop challenge – but we still had chocolates all round –  in my eyes a great way of ending an afternoon filled with fun and activity – Dr Anja Rott

 

Egg Drop Challenge straw constructionEgg Drop ChallengeEgg Drop Challenge parachute attempt Scavenger Hunt SelfieScavenger Hunt SelfieScavenger Hunt Selfie

Investigating Lyme disease on the South Downs

Lyme borreliosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borelia burgdorferi. The bacterium is transmissible between hosts through the bite of blood-sucking ticks which parasitise mammals, birds, and humans. Landscape features, such as woodland or grassland, affect the movement of host animals, however, a knowledge gap exists on the extent of LB spread in Southern England. Mr Jo Middleton, Dr Anja Rott & Dr Ian Cooper presented a poster at the Microbiology Society annual conference in Edinburgh a few weeks ago, detailing their on-going research in to this neglected disease.

Investigating Lyme disease on the South Downs

 

Early morning mist on fields and trees