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Dr Paul Facey

Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Sciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 518641

Email address

Research Links

Academic Office - 111
First Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Paul gained his PhD in 2006 in plant population genetics and evolution and then moved on to using molecular techniques in Aquaculture.

In 2009, Paul took a post-doctoral position in SUMS where he worked on the stress response of the model Actinomycete Streptomyces coelicolor.

Since then Paul has maintained his interest in bacterial genomics – developing collaborations with industrial partners looking at uncovering the interplay between the gastrointestinal microbiome and the host.  

Paul is currently working on uncovering the long-term health benefits of multi-strain probiotic supplements with Laura Baker.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Phylogenetics
  • Genome evolution
  • Microbiome host interactions
  • Hominin Evolution

Career Highlights


Paul’s research interests lay within the characterisation and phylogenomics of symbiotic and commensal bacteria in different animal hosts. Using a wide repertoire of bioinformatic techniques he is interested in characterising  bacterial isolates and scrutinising whole genome sequences for novel traits.  His current research focuses on using a genome guided approach in an attempt to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underpinning the health benefits of probiotic bacteria. 

Award Highlights

Paul has received two awards recognising his commitment to delivering student-lead teaching. In 2015 Paul was awarded the Excellence in Learning and Teaching award, whilst in 2019, he was awarded the Excellence in Team Teaching Award.  

Paul is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). 


Paul maintains key collaborations with both Industrial and Academic partners. 

His ongoing collaboration with Cultech has seen him awarded three Knowledge Transfer Partnership grants in 2017, 2018 and 2019 to look at elucidating the the key molecular mechanisms underpinning probiotic traits.