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Suzy Moody

Suzy Moody PhD

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6094 ext. 6094 Room no. RM214


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.

She worked for several years as a post-doctoral research scientist, studying both prokaryotes and eukaryotic microbes. Her work has primarily looked at how they interact with each other and how they react to challenging environmental change at a molecular level. Suzy 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, setting up the new Biomedical Science degree scheme and establishing a research base for her ongoing interest in microbial interactions. She hopes to enable her students to enjoy molecular microbiology as much as she does.

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, and several post-graduate students at both Masters and PhD.
  2. Research interests

    Suzy's research interests are all things microbial! Follow the link to find out more.

    Suzy works on both bacteria and fungi, looking at how they interact with each other and across kingdoms. She is particularly interested in environmental species which have the capacity to produce a wide range of specialized metabolites which may be useful in biomedical science. The role of many of these metabolites is unknown but thought to be linked to surviving harsh environmental conditions and competing with neighbouring species – something which she's been researching.

    She 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 for a list.
    • 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.