Ants could be the answer to one of the biggest threats to human health
Humans could learn from ants in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
My PhD project will investigate bacteria and bacteriophages that inhabit ants and their nests.
Ants are thought to have evolved to cope with a high threat of disease by microorganisms, and bacteriophage - viruses that kill bacteria - might be important in this. With the rise of antibiotic resistance, bacteriophage are increasingly being considered as potential alternatives to antibiotics.