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Dr Jim Spencer

Dr Jim Spencer

Dr Jim Spencer
B.A.(Cantab.), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Reader in Microbiology

Office D52
Biomedical Sciences Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TD
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Research summary

Molecular mechanisms of bacterial resistance to antibiotics

The development of antibiotics was one of the greatest medical advances of the 2oth century and has transformed the outlook for patients with many bacterial infections. However, antibiotic overuse has now lead to the emergence of resistant strains of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus, the various Enterobacteriaceae (Escherichia coliKlebsiella pneumoniae) and non-fermenting organisms such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii. All of these bacteria can cause a wide range of opportunist infections in immunocompromised patients and are particularly associated with the continuing problem of hospital-acquired infections. We are interested in the molecular ...

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