Dr Stephen Michell is a COG-UK Principal Investigator for the University of Exeter and a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Exeter. He is a molecular microbiologist with interests in the virulence mechanisms of pathogenic bacteria and vaccine development. His research has focused on the post-translational modification of bacterial proteins and into the development of genetic tools for the manipulation of hazardous pathogens. Dr Michell’s lab looks predominantly at secreted proteins, focusing on lipoproteins; studying both Gram negative and positive bacteria, with the aim of characterising novel virulence factors. He is a member of the Microbes and Disease research group at the University of Exeter.