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BSc Microbiology (University of Sheffield)
PhD “Peptidoglycan Structure and Dynamics in Gram Positive Bacteria” (University of Sheffield)
Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (University of South Wales, distinction)


I am a molecular microbiologist with academic and research interests in the area of antibiotic resistance.


I am Course Leader for BSc Biology.
I am Module Leader for Microorganisms and the Dynamic Cell and Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Management.
I also teach on Medical Microbiology and Genetics and Evolution.


Wheeler R, Turner RD, Bailey RG, Salamaga B, Mesnage S, Mohamad SA, Hayhurst EJ, Horsburgh M, Hobbs JK, Foster SJ (2015). “Bacterial Cell Enlargement Requires Control of Cell Wall Stiffness Mediated by Peptidoglycan Hydrolases” [online]. MBio. 6(4). Available at: <>

Kailas L, Ratcliffe EC, Hayhurst EJ, Walker MG, Foster SJ, Hobbs JK (2009). “Immobilizing live bacteria for AFM imaging of cellular processes”. Ultramicroscopy 109(7):775-80.

Hayhurst EJ, Kailas L, Hobbs J, Foster SJ (2008). “Cell wall peptidoglycan architecture in Bacillus subtilis”. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 105 (38): 14603-8.

Stapleton MR, Horsburgh MJ, Hayhurst EJ, Wright L, Jonsson IM, Tarkowski A, Kokai-Kun JF, Mond JJ, Foster SJ (2007). “Characterization of IsaA and SceD, two putative lytic transglycosylases of Staphylococcus aureus”. J Bacteriol 189 (20): 7316-25.

Psylinakis E, Boneca IG, Mavromatis K, Deli A, Hayhurst E, Foster SJ, Vårum KM, Bouriotis V (2005). “Peptidoglycan N-acetylglucosamine deacetylases from Bacillus cereus, highly conserved proteins in Bacillus anthracis”. J Biol Chem 280(35): 30856-63.

Lithgow JK, Hayhurst EJ, Cohen G, Aharonowitz Y, Foster SJ (2004). “Role of a cysteine synthase in Staphylococcus aureus”. J Bacteriol 186(6): 1579-90.


Microbiology Society
Society for Applied Microbiology
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Energy and Environment Research Institute


I am a Returning Fellow of the NRN LCEE

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