Research and Development Committee and Research Community.
Professor Simon M. Cutting is a bacterial geneticist with over 25 years of experience with Bacillus since graduating from Oxford University with a D. Phil in 1986. His D.Phil was on understanding the genetic control of spore formation in Bacillus subtilis. After spending 7 years in the renowned laboratory of Professor Richard Losick at Harvard University Biological Laboratories (USA) he spent 3 years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia.
He returned to the UK in 1996 and since then has worked on developing bacterial spores as novel oral vaccines at the Royal Holloway, University of London. The Cutting lab has developed a number of prototype oral vaccines and is now entering a ‘first in man’ phase 1/IIa clinical trial of a prototype oral vaccine to Clostridium difficile (see www.cdvax.org).
His work on Bacillus probiotics provides another area of his research interests and he was the first to address the fundamental mechanisms that might enable these bacteria to promote potential health benefit (SporeGen.com)