Dr Michael Ford has worked in Microbiology for over 20 years and has a wide experience in all areas of a diagnostic service. Michael was appointed technical manager for the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust in 2003. His main research area is in bacterial identification, which has resulted in a number of publications, and two successful patents for the development of novel selective media. He has been a lecturer at Northumbria University for the past 10 years, and a member of the IBMS Scientific Advisory Panel for Microbiology since 2005. In 2007 Michael was appointed IBMS Deputy Chief Examiner.