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Welcome to the MooMig page! The group is led by Dr Suzy Clare Moody, and we are interested in what microbes do and how they do it.

Research interests

Our work covers both bacteria and fungi with an emphasis on using proteomics and metabolomics to understand microbes at a molecular level. We are interested in stress responses in Burkholderia and Paraburkholderia, and how stress tolerance changes when exposed to combinatorial stresses. We work predominantly on wood decay fungi and their potential use as bioremediation agents against plastic waste. We are currently characterising several fungi in terms of their proteomics and metabolomics as they initiate plastic degradation. We are also interested in microbial interactions and competition, and in P450 enzymes and their role in fungal ecology. In essence, we ask questions of real-world importance and find a microbial answer. 

Collaborators

  • Professor Daniel Eastwood (Swansea University)
  • Professor Lynne Boddy (Cardiff University)
  • Dr Anna Rawlings (Swansea University)
  • Dr Joel Loveridge (Swansea University)
  • Dr Ed Dudley (Swansea University)
  • Dr Jim Bull (Swansea University)
  • Dr Inger Skrede (Oslo University)
  • Dr Jacqueline Hess (Leipzig University)

Current students

Andrew Cowan is a current PhD student at Solent University, funded by the Maritime Trust Fund. He hails from Glasgow but has relocated to Southampton to pursue his PhD looking at how fungi may be able to degrade marine plastic waste. 

Opportunities

We are always interested to hear from self-funding potential PhD candidates who want to join our group. Please direct your initial enquiries to suzy.moody@solent.ac.uk.

Current events

We have three final-year students joining us in October. Ryan Clayton-Mawn, Elena Faull and Hazel Hatton will be doing a range of interesting projects. Hazel has secured additional funding for her project from the Mike Clarke Bursary scheme, administered by the Solent Forum. She will be investigating the occurence of antibiotic resistance genes in the Itchen River. Well done, Hazel!

We are looking forward to Rachel Harper joining us from Hong Kong in January to start her MPhil. She will be developing our work on microbial degradation of plastic.

Suzy’s latest policy committee meeting for the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) focussed on the Society response to the Covid-19 pandemic. She has helped write the Society response to the All Party Parliamentary Group call for evidence about Covid-19, and is working with the Society to campaign for protection of Early Career Researchers on temporary contracts impacted by lab closures. She has contributed to the SfAM response to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy UK Research and Development Survey – a key step towards making funding distribution more equitable in the UK and encouraging the government to fund innovative research for industrial application. In July, Suzy was elected to a 3 year term on the Executive Committee of SfAM. She is delighted to be serving the Society as a trustee.  

Well done Andrew on becoming part of the Faculty Research Advisory Group, representing the interests of postgraduate research students at faculty level. Good stuff!

Contact us

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Suzy Moody at suzy.moody@solent.ac.uk

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