Nicola Stanley-Wall is a Professor of Microbiology based at the University of Dundee. Her research interests lie in understanding how the Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis forms social communities called biofilms. The research undertaken includes dissecting the role of the molecules in the polymeric matrix that surround and protect the bacteria, through to revealing the interactions between different isolates and strains in spatially confined environments.
What could a degree in microbiology do for you?
Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall of the University of Dundee showcases the skills people develop while studying for a microbiology degree.
Phage and bacteria: A war in a biofilm
Recent work has indicated that bacteria can tip the balance to survive in the presence of predatory phage when they form biofilms.