Developing therapeutic phages to fight antimicrobial resistance with Citizen Science.

What is a phage?

A phage, or bacteriophage, is a natural, microscopic predator that attacks and kills bacteria. There are more phages on Earth than every other organism combined! Phages exist naturally all over the planet and can be found in water, soil or on animals.

Why are we looking for them?

Phages can kill bacteria that have become immune to antibiotics. They are clinically safe and highly specific, so they don't harm the good bacteria.

How you can help?

By taking samples from a wide range of environments, we can isolate new phages that can be used to treat antibiotic-resistant infections

You can help by becoming a Phage Hunter. Pick up a sample kit at one of our outreach events, send in your samples and we'll isolate phages from them.

Become a Phage Hunter!

Follow the steps below.

STEP 1: Grab a sampling kit
During our launch, we are providing sampling kits to schools and at public events. It won't be long though before you can order them online.
STEP 2: Sample your environment
Collect water samples from any environment - freshwater, marine, bird baths, garden ponds etc. Use What3Words to register the sample location. Take a photo of where you sampled.
register your sample
STEP 3: Register the samples
Register your samples through the website with their sample location and photo.
post your sample
STEP 4: Return your samples
Let us know you've collected your samples and we'll send you a return postage label so you can ship them back to us.
phage isolation
STEP 5: Science at work
Our scientists will process your sample, isolate and characterise any phages found.
Name your phage
STEP 6: Name your phage!
If we find any phages in your samples, you will be able to name them! We'll send you a electron microscope image of your phage and keep you updated on how we use it in clinical trials and experiments.

Meet the team

Dr Ben Temperton

Founder and Lead Developer

Dr Julie Fletcher

Chief Technician

Dr Steve Michell

Lead microbiologist

Dr Phil Mitchelmore

Clinical Consultant