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Dr Arthur Hosie

  • Job title: Course Director
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education


I am an experienced research scientist and higher education lecturer with an interest in molecular microbiology.

My interest in molecular microbiology began during my undergraduate education at The University of Glasgow. I first applied this knowledge at Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh, where I worked for three years on the animal pathogen, Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis, which is associated with Johne's disease in ruminants. Having become certain that I would like to continue a career in academia, I returned to The University of Glasgow to carry out a PhD research project investigating the production of sodium channel blocking toxins by heterotrophic marine bacteria. I then worked with Professor Philip Poole as a BBSRC funded postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Reading, where I investigated amino acid uptake by ABC transporters in rhizobia.

My first lecturer post was at King's College London, in the Dental Institute, where I supervised a number of PhD students investigating the molecular biology of key dental pathogens, including Streptococcus mutans and Tannerella forsythia. In 2010, I moved to the University of Bedfordshire as Senior Lecturer in Microbiology. Although this academic role was more focused on teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, I continued to research the molecular biology of a range of pathogenic bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus.

In January 2018, I moved to the School of Life Sciences and Education at Staffordshire University as Senior Lecturer in Microbiology. I am responsible for coordinating research in the Department of Biological Sciences, including PG research students: I am the PGR tutor. In June 2019 I was appointed as the Biological Safety Officer for Staffordshire University, a role I fulfil alongside my academic responsibilities.


S Basavanna, S Chimalapati, A Maqbool, B Rubbo, J Yuste, RJ Wilson, A Hosie, AD Ogunniyi, JC Paton, G Thomas, JS Brown (2013) The effects of methionine acquisition and synthesis on Streptococcus pneumoniae growth and virulence. PLOS One8 (1): e49638. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049638.

J Prell, A Bourdes. S Kumar, S Lodwig, A Hosie, S Kinghorn, J White, P Poole (2010) Role of symbiotic auxotrophy in Rhizobium-legume symbioses. PLOS One5 (11): e13933. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0013933.

E Severi, AHF Hosie, J Hawkhead, GH Thomas (2010) Characterisation of a novel sialic acid transporter of the sodium solute symporter (SSS) family and in vivo comparison with known bacterial sialic acid transporters. FEMS Microbiology Letters304 47-54.

S Basavanna, S Khandavilli, J Yuste, JM Cohen, AHF Hosie, AJ Webb, GH Thomas, JS Brown (2009) Screening of Streptococcus pneumoniae ABC transporter mutants demonstrates that LivJHMGF, a branched chain amino acid ABC transporter, is necessary for disease pathogenesis. Infection and Immunity77 (8), 3412-3423.

H Thompson, KA Homer, S Rao, V Booth, AHF Hosie, (2009) An orthologue of Bacteroides fragilis NanH is the principal sialidase in Tannerella forsythia. Journal of Bacteriology191 (11) 3263-3628.

AJ Webb, KA Homer, AHF Hosie (2008) Two closely related ABC transporters in Streptococcus mutans are involved in di/oligosaccharide uptake. Journal of Bacteriology190 (1) 168-178.

AJ Webb, KA Homer, AHF Hosie (2007) A phosphoenolpyruvate-dependent phosphotransferase system is the principal maltose transporter in Streptococcus mutans. Journal of Bacteriology189 3322-3327.

E Allan, H Hussain, S Miah, ZK Ascott, MH Khwaja and AHF Hosie (2007) Genetic variation in comC, the gene encoding competence-stimulating peptide (CSP) in Streptococcus mutans. FEMS Microbiology Letters268 47-51.

TH Mauchline, JE Fowler, AK East, AL Sartor, R Zaheer, AHF Hosie, PS Poole & TM Finan (2006) Mapping the Sinorhizobium meliloti 1021 solute binding protein-dependent transportome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences103 17933-17938.

A Webb and AHF Hosie (2006) A member of the second carbohydrate uptake subfamily of ATP-binding cassette transporters is responsible for ribonucleoside uptake in Streptococcus mutans. Journal of Bacteriology188 8005-8012.

EM Lodwig*, AHF Hosie*, A Bourdès, K Findlay, D Allaway, R Karunakaran, JA Downie and PS Poole (2003) Amino-acid cycling drives nitrogen fixation in the legume-Rhizobium symbiosis. Nature422 722-725.
(*These authors contributed equally to this work)

AHF Hosie, D Allaway, and PS Poole (2002) A monocarboxylate permease of Rhizobium leguminosarum is the first member of a new subfamily of transporters. Journal of Bacteriology184 5436-5448.

AHF Hosie, D Allaway, HA Dunsby, CS Galloway, and PS Poole (2002) Rhizobium leguminosarum has a second general amino acid permease with unusually broad substrate specificity and high similarity to branched-chain amino acid transporters (Bra/LIV) of the ABC family. Journal of Bacteriology184 4071-4080.

AHF Hosie, D Allaway, MA Jones, DL Walshaw, AWB Johnston and PS Poole (2001) Solute-binding protein-dependent ABC transporters are responsible for solute efflux in addition to solute uptake. Molecular Microbiology40 1449-1459.
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