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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 currently applying for several summer studentships with our biomedical science undergraduates. Watch this space for news!

We are always interested to hear from potential PhD candidates. Please direct your initial enquiries to suzy.moody@solent.ac.uk.

Events and activities

Suzy regularly attends the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) policy committee meetings. Recent hot topics have included food safety, marine health and antimicrobial resistance.

Find out more about the work of SfAM

Andrew, Suzy and over a dozen budding microbiologists from Solent’s undergraduate cohort are off to Cardiff in March, to attend the SfAM Early Career Scientist Research Symposium. The students will hear from world class keynote speakers and spend time in science policy and science communication workshops.

We’re off to Edinburgh in April to join the Microbiology Society’s annual conference. Andrew will be presenting a poster from his master's studies with Dr Dietmar Schlosser at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, and Suzy will be giving a talk on the P450 story of dry rot evolution. Exciting times!

Contact us

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

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