As the new year approaches, we thought that it would be good to look back at the year that was 2017 for the HumBugs. So, grab yourself another mince pie, or leftover turkey sandwich and a mulled wine to share our memories from 2017. January – February The beginning of the year began pretty quiet […]



Congratulations to the HumBugs graduate tutors for all successfully completing their first year PhD progression reports and board. Welcome to second year PhD! Here are the HumBugs working hard in the lab, And some actually HumBugs (human bugs, remember!) after growing up some Escherichia coli on LB agar streak plates.


Biology Week 2017

Biology week runs every year in October and aims to showcase the amazing world of bioscience, to inspire the next generation of scientists to get involved in fun activities, talks and events. This triggered us bloggers at HumBugs to think about what inspired us to begin a scientific career and why we love being a biologist. The list could be extensive, but we don’t want you to fall asleep just yet, so read on for a few of our thoughts, plus to see some tasty biology inspired bakes!


Our first REAL conference – SfAM 2017

The Microbiome and Human Health Meeting The HumBug GTs were lucky enough to attend their first national conference in April this year at the renowned Bloomsbury Hotel in London. A diverse timetable was generated by The Society for Applied Microbiology covering the microbiome of multiple body sites and the interaction between the microbiome and human […]


Rochelle Hockney: Graduate Tutor

Hello HumBugs,

I would like to introduce myself, my name is Rochelle Hockney and I am a Graduate Tutor studying for a PhD in Microbiology, alongside completing a higher education teaching qualification at Teesside University. I am eight months into my PhD and I am enjoying the daily challenges and achievements gained from the Graduate Tutor role.
I must be honest, blogging is new to me. However, I am driven by stimulating challenges and I have realised that this is certainly what I have signed up for in my role at Teesside University.


Welcome to HumBugs@TU

Welcome to the HumBugs@TU Blog,

This is a new a blog for the Human Microbiome Research @ Teesside University community to document their own research activities, discuss relevant and interesting research or to simply comment on current scientific affairs as they occur in the research area of the human microbiome.

Please feel free to contribute to the blog on any of the below topics or select an alternative, relevant topic of your choice.

  • Introductory blogs
  • Published research (This could be your own or to share any interesting papers)
  • Relevant news stories
  • Commentary on media e.g. blogs, videos
  • Interesting conference sessions
  • Current laboratory activities or research interests
  • Comments on research development
  • Educational posts
  • Question and answer
  • Video blogs (Vlog)
  • ‘A day in the life of…’ blogs

Happy Blogging!