Dr Michael Byford – Bacteriophages: Even bacteria get viral infections [Postponed]

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Michael Byford’s talk has been postponed and will now take place next month, on Weds 1st May. Please see our latest blog post for news on the alternative PubSci event we are hosting tonight.

On Wednesday 3rd April [edit: now moved to Weds 1st May] we’re delighted to welcome back microbiologist Dr Michael Byford, one of our most popular past PubSci speakers. Michael will talk about bacteriophages and their potential for combating antibacterial resistant infections.



One of the earliest micrograph images of a bacteriophage alongside a diagram of its structure.

Bacteriophages (phages for short) are viruses that infect and kill bacteria. They are ubiquitous and the most abundant biological entities on Earth. They have major applications in basic research and offer hope in fighting bacterial infections in the face of the alarming rise in antibiotic resistance.

Dr Michael Byford

Dr Byford was until recently Senior Lecturer in biochemistry and microbiology at London South Bank University.

He previously worked at the University of Oxford for Professor, Sir Jack Baldwin FRS on antibiotic biosynthesis and for DEFRA on a number of research topics including mad cow disease.

He was Senior Research Fellow at the University of Washington, before returning to Southampton, where he gained his degrees, to incept their ongoing work into neuroblastoma, an aggressive paediatric cancer.

Michael currently teaches microbiology at the University of Portsmouth

Join us upstairs at the Old King’s Head, near London Bridge station. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start and as usual the event is free, but we will have a whip-round to cover speaker’s expenses.

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