Dr Jon Cuccui BSc MSc PhD

Lecturer Molecular Bacteriology

Jon Cuccui's Background

I completed my Ph.D. in Professor Brendan Wren's laboratory carrying out signature tagged mutagenesis on Burkholderia pseudomallei. My first Post Doc involved developing and utilising a novel glycoengineering method termed protein glycan coupling technology using Francisella tularensis and B. pseudomallei as the test organisms.

 

My interests are not only on the application and development of novel vaccine strategies and technologies but also on the biological reasons why bacteria carry varied glycosylation systems. 

 

Jon Cuccui's Affiliation

Jon Cuccui's Teaching

 

Medical Microbiology M.Sc. lecturer, tutor, project supervisor, examiner and exam board member.

Jon Cuccui's Research

My work revolves around the subjects of glycoengineering and glycosylation systems. I was part of a team who developed a first generation glycoconjugate vaccine against Francisella tularensis using the O-antigen repeat unit from the organism as the glycan component. Recently I was also involved in the completion of a project attempting to characterise the capsular polysaccharide of Burkholderia pseudomallei. I maintain an interest on the work being carried out within the Wren laboratory to further understand selected mutants identified during my PhD entitled 'The development of a refined signature tagged mutagenesis strategy for the identification of novel virulence determinants and vaccine candidates in Burkholderia pseudomallei.' Recently, I have also been involved in a Transposon Directed Insertion Site sequencing project that aimed to enhance our understanding of B. pseudomallei.  

Currently I am funded by a BBSRC LoLa grant to study various aspects of the epidemiology and pathogenicity of several pig pathogens including Streptococcus suis, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Haemophilus parasuis and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae.

In particular I am studying the N-linked glycosylation system of A. pleuropneumoniae and attempting to unravel its biological function and potential application.

Research areas

  • Bacteria
  • Vaccines

Disciplines

  • Bacteriology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease

Other interests

  • Bacterial Infections
  • Burkholderia Pseudomallei
  • Conjugate Vaccines
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Francisella Tularensis
  • Glycoengineering
Back to top