We study the social lives of bacteria, and their consequences for disease
Our work centers on two themes: the evolution of cooperation and the evolution of virulence. These two themes combine strongly when applied to microbial pathogens, as microbes must often communicate, coordinate and cooperate in order to successfully grow within and transmit among their hosts.
Increasingly we aim to exploit the synergies between fundamental research into bacterial ecology/evolution and the applied challenge of managing infectious diseases, in particular, responding to the growing antibiotic resistance crisis with evolution-proof drugs.
We use a mix of theoretical and experimental tools to integrate molecular microbiology with ecology, epidemiology and evolution.