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The use of antibiotics underpins all of modern medicine but infections are becoming harder to treat because bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics we currently have. Jessica Blair's research is focused on understanding how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics with a particular interest in the role of efflux pumps. These are proteins in the bacterial cell membrane that are able to pump molecules (including antibiotics) out of the cell which allows bacteria to survive antibiotic treatment. Dr Blair's research aims to better understand the role of these efflux pumps in antibiotic resistance of clinically relevant pathogens and also to investigate the possibility of inhibiting these efflux pumps to combat antibiotic resistance.