Harnessing the power of microbes to develop new technologies that benefit society and the natural environment.

Our lab aims to understand the activities of microbes in their natural habitats and to use synthetic biology methods to enable them to perform useful tasks for humans. A common thread is to understand how microbes adapt and evolve; this underpins diverse projects such as biodegradation of pollutants, tracking antibiotic resistance genes and plasmids, and evolving enzymes in-vitro for industrial applications.