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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
Foster T.J, The remarkably multifunctional fibronectin binding proteins of Staphylococcus aureus, European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, 35, 2016, p1923-1931 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Herman-Bausier P, Valotteau C, Pietrocola G, Rindi S, Alsteens D, Foster T.J, Speziale P, Dufrêne Y.F, Mechanical strength and inhibition of the Staphylococcus aureus collagen-binding protein Cna, mBio, 7, (5), 2016, e01529-16 , Notes: [Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Heilbronner S, Monk I.R, Brozyna J.R, Heinrichs D.E, Skaar E.P, Peschel A, Foster T.J, Competing for Iron: Duplication and Amplification of the isd Locus in Staphylococcus lugdunensis HKU09-01 Provides a Competitive Advantage to Overcome Nutritional Limitation, PLoS Genetics, 12, (8), 2016, 1006246 , Notes: [Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Pietrocola G, Nobile G, Gianotti V, Zapotoczna M, Foster TJ, Geoghegan JA, Speziale P, Molecular Interactions of Human Plasminogen with Fibronectin-binding Protein B (FnBPB), a Fibrinogen/Fibronectin-binding Protein from Staphylococcus aureus., The Journal of biological chemistry, 291, (35), 2016, p18148-62 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Formosa-Dague C, Speziale P, Foster TJ, Geoghegan JA, Dufrêne YF, Zinc-dependent mechanical properties of Staphylococcus aureus biofilm-forming surface protein SasG., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113, (2), 2016, p410-5 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Shambat S.M, Chen P, Hoang A.T.N, Bergsten H, Vandenesch F, Siemens N, Lina G, Monk I.R, Foster T.J, Arakere G, Svensson M, Norrby-Teglund A, Modelling staphylococcal pneumonia in a human 3D lung tissue model system delineates toxin-mediated pathology, DMM Disease Models and Mechanisms, 8, (11), 2015, p1413 - 1425, Notes: [Cited By :5 Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Monk I.R, Tree J.J, Howden B.P, Stinear T.P, Foster T.J, Complete bypass of restriction systems for major staphylococcus aureus lineages, mBio, 6, (3), 2015, p1 - 12, Notes: [Cited By :6 Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Farrand A.J, Haley K.P, Lareau N.M, Heilbronner S, McLean J.A, Foster T, Skaar E.P, An iron-regulated autolysin remodels the cell wall to facilitate heme acquisition in Staphylococcus lugdunensis, Infection and Immunity, 83, (9), 2015, p3578 - 3589, Notes: [Cited By :3 Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Claro T, Kavanagh N, Foster T.J, O'Brien F.J, Kerrigan S.W, Staphylococcus epidermidis serine-aspartate repeat protein G (SdrG) binds to osteoblast integrin alpha V beta 3, Microbes and Infection, 17, (6), 2015, p395 - 401, Notes: [Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
O'Keeffe KM, Wilk MM, Leech JM, Murphy AG, Laabei M, Monk IR, Massey RC, Lindsay JA, Foster TJ, Geoghegan JA, McLoughlin RM, Manipulation of autophagy in phagocytes facilitates Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection., Infection and immunity, 83, (9), 2015, p3445-, 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


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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