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Dr Rooney is a Post Doctoral Research Associate interested in the interactions of microbes and development/application of advanced optical microscopy tools to study them. His current research focuses on the application of super resolution and single-molecule localisation microscopy methods to better understand interkingdom interactions between bacteria and fungi mediated by the Type VI Secretion System (T6SS). The T6SS, a toxin-loaded molecular speargun, is used by certain Gram-negative bacteria to target competing cells in the environment. Until recently, T6SS-mediated interactions had only been observed between opposing bacterial strains, but recently anti-fungal specific systems have been documented. Dr Rooney's research centres on discovering the mode of action and the molecular fate of the anti-fungal specific toxin effectors and the T6SS dynamics between bacteria and fungi.

Dr Rooney is an active member of the Microbiology Society and a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS). Dr Rooney is the current Chair of the RMS's Early Career Committee and a Member of the RMS Life Sciences Section Committee.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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