Simon Foster

Bacterial cell wall architecture and dynamics

The cell wall is essential for bacterial life and its synthesis is the target of crucial antibiotics such as penicillin and vancomycin. We determine the structure and function of the cell wall to elucidate not only how it permits cell growth but also how antibiotics lead to death. We use the infamous “super bug” Staphylococcus aureus as our target organism to address key fundamental questions of bacterial life and death.

Staphylococcus aureus disease

S. aureus is a major human pathogen of increasing importance due to the spread of antibiotic resistance. Our research spans from the fundamental through to translational approaches to develop new control regimes. We use a range of models to investigate host:pathogen interaction.

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