Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, University of St Andrews

Jo obtained her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Leeds under the supervision of Prof. Ian Chopra. She then undertook a short research placement at the University of Sydney, working with Prof. Neville Firth, before moving to New Zealand to take up a postdoc position with Prof. Vic Arcus. It was here that Jo ventured into protein biochemistry and enzyme evolution. Jo completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Victoria in Canada, where she became the resident microbiologist in the structural glycobiology lab of Prof. Al Boraston. In 2017, Jo was awarded a small research grant to begin her research into antibiotic tolerance in Staphylococcus aureus, a topic she had touched on during her PhD. In 2020, she was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research project grant to investigate the role of the stringent response in antibiotic tolerance, and in 2023 she moved to the University of St Andrews to set up her own group. Research in the Hobbs Lab is focused on understanding the prevalence, molecular mechanisms and clinical consequences of antibiotic tolerance in both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. As a new group leader, Jo has received funding from the Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard scheme, the Royal Society and Tenovus Scotland.

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