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Antimicrobial Resistance

The Norwich Research Park hosts a wide range of interdisciplinary antimicrobial research at the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Earlham Institute, University of East Anglia and at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

There are more than 300 microbiologists and over 40 separate research groups on the Norwich Research Park involved in antimicrobial drug discovery and resistance-related studies, making this one of the biggest research centres in the world for AMR research.


Antimicrobial research across Norwich Research Park covers multiple themes including:


  • Discovery, biosynthesis and bioengineering of novel anti-microbial natural products
  • Identification and validation of novel targets and antibiotics
  • Medicinal chemistry and lead optimisation
  • Molecular epidemiology and surveillance of resistant pathogens and resistance genes
  • Roles of the microbiome in AMR
  • Novel delivery systems for antimicrobials
  • Development of novel diagnostics
  • Evolution of resistance by pathogens
  • Environmental selection of AMR including HAI
  • Public engagement, citizen science projects and outreach


Quadram Institute

Prof Simon Carding

Prof Ian Charles

Dr Matt Gilmour

Dr Lindsay Hall

Dr Rob Kingsley

Prof Alison Mather

Prof Arjan Narbad

Prof Mark Pallen

Prof Alastair Watson

Prof Mark Webber


Prof Ian Charles

Prof Changjiang Dong

Dr Benjamin Evans

Prof Ganesan

Dr Chris Hamilton

Prof Paul Hunter

Prof Matt Hutchings

Prof David Livermore

Prof Michael McArthur

Dr Christopher Morris

Prof Mark Searcey

Prof John Wain

Prof Alastair Watson

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Prof Paul Hunter

Dr Catherine Tremlett

Prof Alastair Watson

John Innes Centre

Prof Tony Maxwell

Dr Andy Truman

Prof Barrie Wilkinson