- Bacteriophage interactions
- Microbial molecular biology
Jeremy's group studies bacteriophage – viruses that infect bacteria – and specifically investigates the tri-partite symbioses formed between bacteriophage, their bacterial hosts and eukaryotic cells and surfaces. He oversees an experimental biology lab that utilises a range of cross-disciplinary techniques to investigate fundamental and mechanistic bacteriophage biology.
A major study system in our lab is the mucosal surface – a microbe-rich, protective barrier that covers the covers the active epithelium of the body, including the gut, lung and urinary tract among other locales. The Bacteriophage Adherence to Mucus (BAM) model describes a novel phage-based immune system, whereby phages adhering to mucus reduce bacterial colonisation of these surfaces, protecting them from infection and disease.
Jeremy Barr's Articles
Episode 10: Beating the superbugs
Antibiotic resistance is a global challenge in the battle between mankind and microbes. Watch this episode
Ten fun facts about phages
Never heard of bacteriophages? They're the most abundant biological entity on the planet, and play a vital role in keeping us alive.