Dr Daire Cantillon

Post Doctoral Research Associate

My background in science is a hybrid of industry and academia.

I completed my MSc Toxicology funded by a GlaxoSmithKline scholarship in 2010, followed by three years in industry working in molecular biology and metabolic engineering for a biotechnology company. Following this, I completed my PhD at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2017 where my thesis research was developing an in vitro mycobacterial biofilm model to characterise antimicrobial persistence, host responses to and gene expression of mycobacteria within these growth states. While completing my PhD, I worked for a contract development and manufacturing company as a development analyst gaining expertise in antimicrobials production. In 2020 I completed a three-year post as Research Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. My research was on antimicrobial development and resistance mechanisms in non-tuberculous mycobacteria as well as mycobacterial host-pathogen interactions.

My current research is within Workspace 1, which is led by Dr Adam Roberts, of the European Regional Development Fund project. We aim to overcome roadblocks to product development in the formulation of infectious disease products by providing Merseyside SMEs access to state-of-the-art equipment and skilled personnel. Our diverse skillset includes microbiology expertise, biofilm culture systems, molecular biology and bioinformatics. We develop and validate bespoke protocols and lead on projects to successfully deliver on a range of core areas which have included assessments of ‘green’ biocides, novel surgical metals and wastewater-based epidemiology technologies.


MSc Tropical Disease Biology - AMR content
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Microbiology Society member
European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease member
British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy member

Selected publications