Author Archives

  • Pollen has a microbiome!

    The unearthing of pollen’s microbiome has potential for helping us understand the biggest threats to the environment and may change the way we view and treat allergies in the near future. Research published in SfAM’s Environmental Microbiology journal is the… Read More ›

  • Leptospirosis hits New York- but what is it?

    One person has died and two others have been infected by an outbreak of leptospirosis – a rare bacterial infection frequently spread by rat urine. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have identified the cases… Read More ›

  • Missing Microbes- review

    ‘Missing Microbes- How Killing Bacteria Creates Modern Plagues’ by Martin Blaser was published 3 years ago. While the jury’s still out on many claims regarding the microbiome, the broad message of this scintillating book is sound, timely and supremely relevant. Bacteria… Read More ›

  • Polio eradication- the endgame

    This year’s Denver Russell Memorial Lecture at The Royal Society was given by Philip Minor on the topic, ‘Polio eradication- the endgame’. His talk concluded The Society for Applied Microbiology’s Vaccines and Synthetic Biology meeting Dr Minor trained in Biochemistry… Read More ›

  • Vaccines and Synthetic Biology Meeting

    The Society for Applied Microbiology held their Vaccines and Synthetic Biology meeting at The Royal Society, London.  As scientists experience increasing pressure in an era of post-truth and ‘alternative facts’, the function of such establishments cannot be overestimated. The Royal… Read More ›

  • The Problem with Trump and Vaccines

    President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly linked vaccines with autism. It’s incorrect, alarming and dangerous. To address his misconceptions and ensure the health of children worldwide, he should attend our Vaccines and Synthetic Biology Meeting.

  • ‘Let Them Eat Dirt- Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World’

    ‘Let Them Eat Dirt- Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World’ by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Attieta is a brilliant introduction to the world of microbes, especially if your understanding of their existence is thin on the ground. The… Read More ›

  • Hear the wisdom of the squid whisperer

    SfAM was delighted to host Margaret McFall-Ngai to present the annual Environmental Microbiology Lecture- Waging peace: establishment and maintenance of stable alliances between animals and their microbial partners Margaret McFall-Ngai (University of Hawaii, Manoa) is a celebrated pioneer and global trailblazer in the… Read More ›

  • A Year Without Antibiotics

    Professor Brendan Gilmore (Queen’s University Belfast) answers the question. “What would a year without antibiotics look like?” Grim? Certainly. Apocalyptic? Probably not. Antibiotics have been one of the most transformational discoveries in mankind’s history. Few drugs can make the impressive… Read More ›

  • Top 10 Tips for poster writing

    Your poster is an advertisement and short story of your work, so you need to make sure it is clear to read, accurate & engages the reader. Posters are a key component of communicating your science and an important element in… Read More ›