Bacterial Genomics and Metagenomics

Mark Pallen

Prof. Mark Pallen

Research Leader

Bacterial Genomics and Metagenomics


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Our group aims to harness microbial genomics, metagenomics, bioinformatics and synthetic biology to understand how microbes evolve, spread, survive and compete in the food chain and to develop novel interventions to reduce the risk of foodborne illness and the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

We have pioneered the application of genomics in tracking the spread of AMR pathogens in hospitals and communities and the application of metagenomics as a tool in diagnosis of infection and in uncovering pathogens from the past. We are also interested in using synthetic biology to develop smart probiotics.


Pallen group

Our Targets

Targeting cancer


Targeting the understanding of the microbiome

Understanding the Microbiome

Targeting food safety

Food Safety

Targeting antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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