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Name Dr Matthew Avison
Job title Reader in Molecular Bacteriology
Department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc(HONS), PhD
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies Society for General Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology
British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Editor: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2000-2010)
Editor: Journal of Medical Microbiology (2008-
Keywords bacterial infection
antibiotic resistance
superbugs
hospital acquired infections
Areas of expertise I have been running a research team for the last 10 years studying antibiotic resistance mechanisms in hospital "super-bugs". As editor for two international scientific journals during that time, I have developed a broad understanding of the global state of hospital acquired infections, antibiotic resistance, and research efforts in these areas, and of medical microbiology and infectious disease issues in general. I also have considerable expertise in the area of molecular biology (cloning, genetic modification etc).
Media experience Contributions to TV documentaries: developing ideas and recording interviews/laboratory demonstrations (e.g. Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home, BBC4/Modern Television).
Pre-recorded TV interviews/recording of general footage (ITN, ITV Local News).
Radio interviews; live and pre-recorded; in studio and over the telephone (Radio 4 Today Programme, Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Bristol, Independent Radio News).
Articles written for national newspapers (Mirror, Independent on Sunday).
Interviews/quotes and advice for national and local newspapers (Mirror, Mail, Metro, Western Daily Press).
Interviews/quotes for popular science articles (New Scientist, The Scientist, BBC Online).
Numerous public popular science lectures, including a 2013 "Best of Bristol" award lecture which was streamed online.