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Prof Les Baillie 

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Position:Professor of Microbiology

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 75535
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74149

Latest News

Creating a 'buzz' in search for new anti-bacterial drugs.

Prof Les Baillie is using bees in an attempt to find new drugs to treat hospital infections because of the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria - 20 April 2015.

Cardiff Researchers in final of the SET for Britain Awards

Dr Tina Joshi from the School of Pharmacy and Dr Jonny Lees from the School of Engineering were invited to attend the event showcasing their joint research on 'Microwave enhanced detection of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria'.  March 2015

AEDnet Project

Anthrax vs Bacteriophage:  Episode 1 - A visual introduction to the main purpose of the AEDnet project.


Professor Baillie graduated Bachelor of Sciences from Plymouth University in 1982. He obtained an MPhil (part time) from the University of the West of England in 1991 and his PhD (part time) from the University of Sheffield in 2001.

Research Interests

The focus of my research is to understand the biology of Bacillus anthracis the causative agent of anthrax. My research efforts can be broadly divided into the following areas:

  • Evolution/Ecology
  • Detection
  • Pathogenesis
  • Host immune responses
  • Vaccines
  • Therapeutic antibodies

Joint Coordinator of the School's Drug Delivery & Microbiology Research Discipline 

Honey needed for superbug fight


Professor Baillie's team have identified a number of Welsh honeys with antibacterial activity. Early results have been promising, and Professor Baillie has appealed to beekeepers from across the UK to send in samples of their honey.

Rof Baillie-and colleagues at CPHRL Tbilisi, Georgia
NATO funds major International Anthrax project lead by Cardiff


Professor Les Baillie  leads a team including the Queen's University of Belfast, Ercisyes University Turkey,  National Center for Disease Control in Georgia, the Defence Science Technology Laboratory in Porton Down and the US Army Medical Research Inst. Fort Detrick, MD


Teaching Profile

Contributes to PH2204 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Clinical


Links to other relevant websites

University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute

US Navy Biological Defense Research Directorate

Defence Science Technology Laboratory, Porton Down

Home Office CBRN resilience website 

Microbiology & Infection Translational Research Group