Timothy Foster

Professor Emeritus of Molecular Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin

Timothy Foster is Professor of Molecular Microbiology in Trinity College, Dublin.  He is well known for his pioneering research on Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that can cause serious infections  in humans and farm animals, and is notorious for being resistant to many antibiotics (MRSA). By studying proteins from the bacterial cell surface he tries to  understand the mechanisms that allow the bacterium to colonize human skin as well as occasionally to cause invasive disease. One protein is currently being evaluated by a major international pharmaceutical company  as  a vaccine to combat S.aureus infections.