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Dr Julian Marchesi  -  PhD

The main focus of the research in my group is to determine the role gut microbes play in host development, health and disease. We have been using a variety of molecular approached to investigate both the culturable and unculturable fractions of the gut microbiota, including microbiomics (16S rRNA gene clone libraries, DGGE), functional metagenomics and metabonomics.

Additionally we are also exploring the potential of the gut  associated microbes to provide novel bioactive and biocatalytic agents which can be used to treat disorders of the gut and the host, for example, Clostridium difficile associated diseases, inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer.