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We believe that deep-sea sponges contain diverse populations of new cultivable and non-cultivable bacteria. These represent a substantial uncharacterised and untapped source of bioactive molecules which could help meet the urgent need for new antimicrobials and have other health benefit applications.

Mathew UptonMathew Upton
Associate Head of School (Research)

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Biofilm of antibiotic resistant bacteria, close up view. Rod-shaped and spherical bacteria. Shutterstock image

PLymouth ANtimicrobial EngagemenT (PLANET) Initiative
Committed to discovering new antibiotics that will ensure future health conditions can be treated

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Antibiotic resistant pathogens research group
Researching pathogens that cause drug-resistant infections

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Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR)
Conducting adventurous world-leading research with the explicit purpose of improving the health and care of the populations we serve

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