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Uniquely focused on disease-causing bacteria

The MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection (CMBI) is a cross-faculty, multidisciplinary research Centre comprising over 70 academic and postdoctoral research staff and 35 postgraduate students.


The CMBI was established in July 2012 through funding from the Medical Research Council and Imperial College London. Renewed funding was obtained in 2017 to enable us to continue to develop the Centre through to 2022. The CMBI has a unique focus on pathogenesis of, and immunity to, disease-causing bacteria.  We represent the largest grouping of scientists and clinicians in the UK working on bacterial infection biology. The overall goals of the CMBI are to understand molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial infection and immunity, and to translate this information into novel strategies for preventing and treating disease.

Our research themes include Bacterial physiology and pathogenesis, Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and persistence, Microbiota, Host immunity.