The main objective of the Molecular Microbiology and Infection Unit is to understand the dynamics of populations of bacterial pathogens and how they respond to selective forces. Current work focuses on characterizing the effect of antimicrobial use and human vaccination on the bacterial population. Investigations are also exploring the relationships between commensal and disease causing populations of the same bacterial pathogen with the aim of identifying particularly successful clones at causing disease as well as successful colonizers for further characterization.
A strong bioinformatics effort in the area of data warehousing, the development of user interfaces, data analysis and visualization tools is ongoing. The development of novel laboratory methodologies for the diagnosis of infectious diseases is also an active area of research.