Jonathan A. G. Cox

Jonathan A. G.  Cox

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Research interests

My research interests surround the discovery of new antibiotics and identifying the exact mechanism by which those antibiotics kill bacteria. Finding new “mechanisms of action” reveals new drug targets that can be exploited in the battle against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR accounts for around 700,000 deaths per annum globally and that number is predicted to rise to 10 million by 2050. The current economic burden of AMR is estimated to be at least €1.5 billion per year in the EU. New antibiotics and an improved understanding of how to use them will help to slow the progression of AMR, saving countless lives in the future.


B.Sc. (Hons) Medical Biochemistry

Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology and Drug Discovery


I joined Aston University in 2016 as a Lecturer in Microbiology in the School of Life & Health Sciences (LHS). Prior to that, I was a Research Fellow funded by the Tres Cantos Open Lab Foundation (TCOLF), operated by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Madrid under their Diseases in the Developing World directive. I was also previously a Research Associate in the Institute of Microbiology and Infection (IMI) at the University of Birmingham immediately after completing my Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Drug Discovery under the supervision of Prof. Gurdyal Besra. Before that, I completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Biochemistry at University of Birmingham, where my interest in the biology and biochemistry of microorganisms began.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS)

Member of the Acid Fast Club, UK

Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)

Member of the Biochemical Society

Member of the Microbiology Society

Member of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC)


  • Lecturer in Microbiology, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University 
  • Tres Cantos Open Lab Foundation (TCOLF) Research Fellow, GSK, Madrid 
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Birmingham 

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