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Name Dr Ariel Blocker
Job title Reader in Microbiology
Department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine University of Bristol
Personal web page http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cellmolmed/research/infect-immune/blocker/
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Telephone number work(0117) 331 2063
Fax number fax(0117) 331 2091
Qualifications BSc(UCLond), PhD(EMBL and Paris XI)
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies Society for General Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology
Keywords infectious diseases
microbes
novel antibacterial drugs
vaccines
Areas of expertise My laboratory studies tiny injection-type devices, which are the principle means of the interaction of many microbes, called bacteria, with animal or plant hosts. These apparatuses serve to inject bacterial factors, called proteins, into host cells to manipulate them during infection. Therefore, what we are learning is being used to rationally design inhibitors of these injection machineries, which could become a new type of broad-range anti-microbial drug in our continuing fight against infectious diseases.
Languages (other than English)
French spoken    written
German spoken   
Media experience I have significant experience in communicating science, in particular microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology and structural biology to the general public, especially school children of all ages.