15 March 2013

Molecular microbiology department recruits new project leader

Dr Barrie Wilkinson - molecular microbiology Dr Barrie Wilkinson joins the John Innes Centre's molecular microbiology department

JIC’s molecular microbiology department has recruited a new project leader. Dr Barrie Wilkinson joins JIC from Cambridge drug discovery company Biotica, where he was vice president for research.

The importance of the department’s research was highlighted recently when the UK chief medical officer Professor Sally Davies warned of the ‘catastrophic threat” of antimicrobial resistance.

She said: “We need to encourage more innovation in the development of antibiotics – over the past two decades there has been a discovery void around antibiotics, meaning diseases have evolved faster than the drugs to treat them.”

At JIC, Dr Wilkinson’s research will encompass potentially clinically useful natural products that can fight infections.

He will join JIC in June this year.

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