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The MicroBiHome is a mixed media installation for Manchester Science Festival, located at the University of Salford Media City building, inspired by research into the mircobiome taking place in the School of Environment and Life Sciences. The project brings together artists, scientists, and communicators to reveal aspects of microbiology to a general public.

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Project Team

Dr Chloe James, Dr Ian Goodhead, Zuzanna Podwinska, Dr Erinma Ochu, Dr Sarah Withers, Joe Latimer, Michael Walsh , Aidan Dunbar, Prof Andy Miah, Paul Miller, Ursula Hurley, Jan Bradley, Damon Reid, Ian Currie, Lorena Gomez, Allen Fairchild, Sam Illingworth




Bacteria have a huge part to play in human physiology – preventing disease, digesting our food and keeping us healthy. At #ReadYourDNALive, we combine the latest cutting-edge DNA-sequencing biotechnology with visual and audio displays of the data, and explore the latest research surrounding this fascinating world of bacterial diversity.

Delivery Team

Ian Goodhead
Poppy Stevens
Sam Browett
Zuzanna Podwinsaka

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Microbihome vr


Chloe James
Damon Reid
Stuart Robertson
Jacob Parkes
Terence Markham
Dom Rabasauskaite


gut feelings


Delivery Team:

Sarah Withers

Paul Miller

Ian Currie

Felix Boateng Adjei

Anthony Burley

Jasmine Akhtar

Ella Dimascio

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3D Printed models


Mike Walsh

Aidan Dunbar

Alzubian, Kaother

Fatima Ahmed


microbial passports


Delivery Team

Maria Heuser

Laura Bullen

Kiran Ahmed


microbial poetry

Delivery Team

Ursula Hurley

Invited poets?

Are volunteers needed?



Effective global action across health and science disciplines that tackle the problem of increasing antibiotic resistance (AMR) development and decreasing access to effective antibiotics must engage the public. MICROBIhOME is a suite of interactive sci-art activities designed to engage families, young people and adults on topics around their “microbiome” (the trillions of microorganisms inhabiting our bodies) and AMR. MICROBIhOME creates public curiosity and informs how microbes interact with the human body, the roles that different microbiomes (e.g. skin, gut) play in maintaining human health, the impact of antibiotic use and the importance of antibiotic stewardship.

Drawing on our research into microbial biofilms, DNA sequencing, AMR development and physiology, and our science communication expertise, we will deliver a programme that invites public exploration of the microbiome and AMR in new and exciting ways. Our academic, industrial and artistic partners will develop large scale, immersive installations that combine physical, audible and virtual reality microbiome experiences. Visitors will sample their microbiota, explore, through participation, the underlying science and technologies used in microbiology, and experience audiovisual microbial landscapes to learn about microbial diversity and the development and impact of AMR. With the help of trained student microbiology volunteers and creative writing activities with a poet, participants will reflect on the relevance of these experiences in their everyday lives.

We hope to launch the programme at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK campus as part of Manchester Science Festival 2018. MICROBIhOME will make use of the digital performance laboratory, which boasts cutting edge digital projection, audiovisual equipment and technical expertise to build an immersive platform with touring elements, such as AMR citizen science, to foster public antibiotic stewardship.