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Professor Tim Foster

Fellow Emeritus (Microbiology)

Visiting Academic (School Office - Genetics & Microbiology)

  Antibiotic resistance mechanisms   Antibiotics   BIOFILMS   Biomedical Research Training   BOVINE MASTITIS   CLONING VECTORS   CLUMPING FACTOR   COLLAGEN ADHESIN   ENDOTHELIAL-CELLS   EPIDERMOLYTIC TOXIN   FIBRINOGEN   FIBRONECTIN   FIBRONECTIN-BINDING PROTEINS   FOREIGN-BODY INFECTION   GRAM-POSITIVE BACTERIA   HEMOLYSIN   Immune evasion mechanisms   Infectious Diseases/Agents   LEUKOCYTES   Microbiology   Molecular Cloning   Proteins and Macromolecules   Recombinant DNA   STAPHYLOCOCCUS-AUREUS   TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME TOXIN   Vaccine   Vaccine development, delivery & adjuvants   Vaccinology   virulence factors
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Public Health Services Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Harvard University 1978-79
Consultant to SmithKline Beecham, UK 1990-1995
Consultant to PanTherix, Glasgow 2000-2002
Ad hoc consultancy to Zeneca, Intercell, American Cyanamid, Unilever, Pantherix
Ad hoc consultant to Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland. Live-attenuated cholera vaccine license
External member of promotion/tenure committee, University College Galway 1995
External member of promotion/tenure committee, St George's Hospital London 2003
Regular reviewer of grant applications. The Wellcome Trust, The Medical Research Council UK, BBSRC UK
Member of Health Research Board Committee, Microbiology Mechanisms of Infectious Disease and Host Defence 2001 - present
Reviewer for DFG Cluster of Excellence, Bonn, Germany June 2006
Scientific Advisory Board member for ISSSI (International Symposium of Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Infections) VII (1992), VIII (1996), IX (2000), X (2002), XI (2004), XII (2006), X1V (2010) 1992 - present
Invited speaker at 40 international conferences in USA, UK, and Far East and Europe since 1985 1985 -
Wellcome Trust Advanced Techniques laboratory course in Bacterial Pathogens, Hinxton, Cambridge. Tutor in laboratory. 2007, 2008, 2009
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Editorial Board of 'Molecular Microbiology' 1990 - present
Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Inhibitex Inc, Alpharetta, Georgia, USA 1998-2006 present
Editorial Board of 'Microbial Drug Resistance' 2002 - present
Editorial Board of 'Microbiology' 1990 1995
Editorial Board of 'Journal of Bacteriology' 1983 1989
Editorial Board of "Infection and Immunity" 2008
Member of American Society for Microbiology 1972
Member of Society for General Microbiology 1973
Barbu, E.M. Mackenzie, C. Foster, T.J. Höök, M., SdrC induces staphylococcal biofilm formation through a homophilic interaction, Molecular Microbiology, 94, (1), 2014, p172 - 185, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Conlon, B.P. Geoghegan, J.A. Waters, E.M. McCarthy, H. Rowe, S.E. Davies, J.R. Schaeffer, C.R. Foster, T.J. Fey, P.D. O'Gara, J.P., Role for the A domain of unprocessed accumulation-associated protein (Aap) in the attachment phase of the Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm phenotype, Journal of Bacteriology, 196, (24), 2014, p4268 - 4275, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
McCormack N, Foster TJ, Geoghegan JA, A short sequence within subdomain N1 of region A of the Staphylococcus aureus MSCRAMM clumping factor A is required for export and surface display., Microbiology (Reading, England), 160, (4), 2014, p659-670 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Missineo A, Di Poto A, Geoghegan JA, Rindi S, Heilbronner S, Gianotti V, Arciola CR, Foster TJ, Speziale P, Pietrocola G, IsdC from Staphylococcus lugdunensis Induces Biofilm Formation under Low-Iron Growth Conditions., Infection and immunity, 82, (6), 2014, p2448-59 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Misstear K, McNeela EA, Murphy AG, Geoghegan JA, O'Keeffe KM, Fox J, Chan K, Heuking S, Collin N, Foster TJ, McLoughlin RM, Lavelle EC, Targeted nasal vaccination provides antibody independent protection against Staphylococcus aureus., The Journal of infectious diseases, 209, (9), 2014, p1479-1484 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Foster TJ, Geoghegan JA, Ganesh VK, Höök M, Adhesion, invasion and evasion: the many functions of the surface proteins of Staphylococcus aureus., Nature reviews. Microbiology, 12, (1), 2014, p49-62 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Philippe Herman, Sofiane El-Kirat-Chatel, Audrey Beaussart, Joan A. Geoghegan, Timothy J. Foster, Yves F. Dufrêne, The binding force of the staphylococcal adhesin SdrG is remarkably strong , Molecular Microbiology, 93, (2), 2014, p356-368 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Herman P, El-Kirat-Chatel S, Beaussart A, Geoghegan JA, Foster TJ, Dufrêne YF, The binding force of the staphylococcal adhesin SdrG is remarkably strong., Molecular microbiology, 93, (2), 2014, p356-368 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Speziale P, Pietrocola G, Foster TJ, Geoghegan JA, Protein-based biofilm matrices in Staphylococci., Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology, 4, 2014, p171 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Geoghegan JA, Monk IR, O'Gara JP, Foster TJ, Subdomains N2N3 of Fibronectin Binding Protein A Mediate Staphylococcus aureus Biofilm Formation and Adherence to Fibrinogen Using Distinct Mechanisms., Journal of bacteriology, 195, (11), 2013, p2675-83 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Paul K. Gorecki, Anne Nolan, Aoife Brick, Seán Lyons, Delivery of Pharmaceuticals in Ireland Getting a Bigger Bang for the Buck, Dublin, ESRI, January, 2012, 1-161, Notes: [Research Series No. 24], Report, PUBLISHED
Foster, T.J. , Staphylococci and staphylococcal infections, Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy, 8, (12), 2010, p1337 - 1338, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Public Health Service International Research Fellow, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. 1978-1979
Elected to Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 1981
E.S. and R. Duthie Lecture, Trinity College Dublin 2003