The Oxford Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project is being led by:




Beth Greenhough, Associate Professor in Human Geography at the School of Geography and the Environment. Beth is interested in working with IMP collaborators to understand the ways in which non-experts become invested and enrolled in microbial work, from biohacking and citizen science projects through to serving as sources of microbial bioinformation in research biobanks

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Cressida Jervis Read is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine working on the history of malaria in post-Independence India. Trained as an anthropologist she is interested in the relationships between humans and non-humans in our shared, everyday environments and how these are perceived and managed, whether with respect to mosquitoes or microbes.


Javier Lezaun is James Martin Lecturer in Science and Technology Governance at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, and Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. He is currently researching human-animal relations in the context of scientific research, and DIY approaches to the discovery of new medicines.


Jamie Lorimer brings to the IMP interests in participatory methods, popular understandings of Nature and probiotic approaches to governing life. He is currently leading the ESRC funded Good germs, Bad germs project. IMP offers a means to develop these interests in collaboration with natural scientists. Possible avenues include work on making AMR public, rethinking health through participatory microbiology, and the tensions between antibiotic and probiotic approaches to the microbiome and Global Health.