Martin McGavin

Associate Professor

Postdoc:  University of Alabama, USA

PhD:  University of Guelph, Canada



Office:  Siebens Drake Research Institute, Room 126

Phone:  519.850.2458


Lab Website: 

Area of Study:

Sensing and response of Staphylococcus aureus to chemical signals of innate immunity

Fields of Interest:

-MRSA and antibiotic resistance
-TetR family regulator
-Efflux pump function and regulation
-Gene expression
-Environmental stress and sensor kinase function
-Secreted proteases

Research Profile

The McGavin lab studies mechanisms by which Staphylococcus aureus senses, adapts to and responds to chemical signals of innate immunity, including antimicrobial fatty acids, acidic pH and antimicrobial peptides. Areas of study include how successful strains of S. aureus adapt to conditions encountered on their human hosts, efflux mediated resistance to antimicrobial fatty acids, and the means by which sensor kinases are activated in response to combined stresses of acidic pH, antimicrobial fatty acids and antimicrobial peptides.

Publication Profile

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