Professor Mike Barer

Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Honorary Consultant Microbiologist


Mike's research is focussed on understanding how bacteria leads to human infection - concentrating on Tuberculosis and gastrointestinal infections. He is responsible for pioneering the use of 3D printed polyvinyl acetate strips in surgical masks to trap exhaled TB bacteria – this is currently being trialled for use in COVID19 pandemic.

This project is part of the University of Leicester’s portfolio of Global Challenges Research Fund projects, carrying out cutting-edge research in partnership with local universities, policymakers and communities that addresses the challenges faced by countries experiencing chronic disadvantage.

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