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Suzy Moody

Suzy Moody PhD

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6094 ext. 6094 Room no. RM103


Suzy has a first degree in microbiology from Cardiff University, followed by an MSc Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She trained as a nurse and worked in the UK and across parts of Africa and Asia, before returning to the UK to research novel antibiotic production for her PhD at Swansea University.

Her post-doctoral work primarily looked at how microbes interact with each other and how they react to challenging environmental change at a molecular level. She has a particular interest in proteomics and metabolomics, and how these change in response to stress.

Suzy came to work at Solent University in April 2018, establishing the Moody Microbiology Group (MooMiG) in 2020. Her focus is on understanding microbial processes at a molecular level, and applying that knowledge to real world challenges.

Find out more about Suzy's research on the MooMig page

Further information

  1. Teaching experience

    Suzy has taught molecular and microbial biology at undergraduate level for several years. She has supervised over a dozen final year project students, three master's students and four PhD students. She is a Fellow of Advance HE.
  2. Research interests

    The Moody Microbiology Group (MooMiG) works on both bacteria and fungi, understanding molecular mechanisms and how microbes can be utilised to meet real world challenges. Their current funding from the Maritime Trust Fund for PhD student Andrew Cowan is enabling research into fungal species that may degrade plastic. Suzy is happy to consider applications from self-funded PhD candidates with a passion for microbiology.
  3. Recent publications

    Suzy has contributed to a number of publications. Follow the link below for a list.
    • Suzy Clare Moody, James C Bull, Ed Dudley and E Joel Loveridge. ‘The impact of combinatorial stress on the growth dynamics and metabolome of Burkholderiamesoacidophila demonstrates the complexity of tolerance mechanisms’.  J Applied Micro, 2019. 
    • SC Moody, E Dudley, J Hiscox, L Boddy and DC Eastwood. ‘Inter-dependence between primary metabolism and xenobiotic mitigation characterises the proteome of Bjerkandera adusta decomposing wood’. Appl Enviro Micro, 2018. doi:10.1128/AEM.01401-17.
    • SV Balasundarum, J Hess, MB Durling, SC Moody et al. ‘The fungus that came in from the cold: genomic and physiological consequences of invading buildings’. IMSE J, 2018.
    • E. Joel Loveridge, Matthew Bull, Cerith Jones, Suzy C. Moody et al. ‘Reclassification of the highly bioactive bulgecin and isosulfazecin producer Pseudomonas mesoacidophila ATCC 31433 as a member of the Burkholderia cepacia complex’. J Bacteriol. 2017 Jun 13;199(13). pii: e00125-17. doi: 10.1128/JB.00125-17.
    • Suzy Clare Moody and E Joel Loveridge. ‘CYP105 – diverse structures, functions and roles in an intriguing family of enzymes in Streptomyces’. J Appl Microbiol. 2014. Oct 8. Doi: 10.1111/jam. 12662.
    • Suzy Clare Moody. ‘Microbial co-culture: harnessing intermicrobial signalling for the production of novel antimicrobials.’ Future Microbiol. 2014. May; 9(5): 575-8.
    • Moody, S., Zhao, B., Lei, L., Nelson, D., Mullins J., Waterman, M., Kelly, S., Lamb, D. ‘Investigating conservation of the albaflavenone biosynthetic pathway and CYP170A bifunctionality in streptomycetes.’ FEBS J 2012 May; 279(9):1640-9.
    • Bin Zhao, Suzy Moody, Robert Hider, Li Lei, Steven Kelly, Michael Waterman, David Lamb. ‘Structural analysis of cytochrome P450 105N1 involved in the biosynthesis of the zincophore, coelibactin.’ Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 1-x manuscripts.
  4. Awards

    Follow the link below to find out more about the awards Suzy has received.
    • Society for Applied Microbiology New Lecturer’s Grant, awarded 2019 - £10,000 
    • Funded PhD studentship Maritime Trust Fund, awarded 2019 - £81,006