Bacterial Genomics and Metagenomics

Mark Pallen

Prof. Mark Pallen

Group Leader

Group: Pallen group


Social Links:


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 antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance

Targeting cancer


Targeting the understanding of the microbiome

Understanding the Microbiome

Targeting food safety

Food Safety

Related News

QI scientist authors new book on the last days of Smallpox

awaiting image

World Cancer Day

Targeting cancer

The MRC CLIMB Project Receives Honours in 2017 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards