Darren Smith

Associate Professor

Research interests

Dr Smith’s research interests relate to how bacteriophages alter bacterial physiology, phenotype and bacterial community structure through chromosomal integration, subversion of cell function, or during active infection and cell lysis.  His group uses lab, multi-omic and bioinformatics based approaches to determine the physiological impact of lysogeny or lytic infection on the host bacterium and the surrounding microbiota in clinical and environmental settings.  His groups research aims are to offer an insight into the modulation of microbial communities and how phages play a role in bacterial/community selection and evolution.

All research is heavily linked to genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics and linked to a range of techniques including; molecular, protein, bioinformatics, microbiological and virological based techniques to study; virus-host interactions; phage genomics; identification of phage encoded genes that provide positive selection for the infected bacterial host and seasonal epidemiology versus virus genotype. 

Dr Smith is the academic lead for the DNA sequencing research facility at Northumbria University, NU-OMICS that is linked to both academic and industrially linked DNA sequencing projects.

ORCID

0000-0003-4925-467X

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Microbiology

    30 Jun 2005 - 31 Dec 2099

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    30 May 2014 -
  • Information not provided, Society for General Microbiology (SGM)

    1 Sep 2011 -