Campylobacter research at IFR

Homepage last updated: November 21, 2013

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The IFR Campylobacter website

This webspace is dedicated to the Campylobacter research group at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) in Norwich, United Kingdom. On this website you will find information about our research, the members of our group, and lists of our publications and other output.

Infection with Campylobacter is one of the major causes of food-borne bacterial gastroenteritis in the UK. Reduction of the numbers of campylobacter on meat is predicted to reduce the number of infections significantly, but the development of effective prevention and intervention strategies is severely hampered by our lack in understanding of Campylobacter biology.

The Campylobacter research group is embedded in the Gut Health and Food Safety programme at IFR. Our research is funded by the BBSRC and aims to further our understanding of the biology of Campylobacter, by elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying stress adaptation and virulence of Campylobacter, using C. jejuni as model organism. Our research aims to supply knowledge and resources which can subsequently contribute to the development of Campylobacter control measures. This is within the remit of the BBSRC, DEFRA and the FSA research strategies, and it is our objective to work together with the UK poultry industry, which awaits effective control measures derived from fundamental research.

For CampyUK, see : CampyUK2009 website.

See a video interview with Dr Mark Reuter and Dr Arnoud van Vliet, coupled to the 'Biofilm production aids Campylobacter survival' press release.

Opportunities

Enquiries from potential postgraduate and postdoctoral scientists are welcomed. Please contact Arnoud van Vliet if interested.