Stephen Diggle

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Research Interests

We are interested in the evolution of microbial cooperative behaviors and signaling systems (quorum sensing) and the implications for the evolution of virulence and antibiotic resistance during infection. Our emphasis is on chronic infections such as those found in cystic fibrosis lungs, diabetic ulcers and non-healing wounds. The main organisms that we focus on are the antibiotic resistant superbugs Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. ​We are also determining whether ancient medieval recipes can be used to treat infectious disease (ancientbiotics).

Area of Specialization

Social evolution, quorum sensing, biofilms, infection, antimicrobial resistance