Seminar – Dr Fiona Walsh, Maynooth University – Plasmid mediated resistance in the wild

Quadram Institute Lecture Theatre

Speaker: Dr Fiona Walsh

Hosted by: Dr Alison Mather

In accordance with current travel recommendations around COVID-19 this QIB Seminar Series event is postponed.

We hope to reschedule later in the year and will announce the new date in due course.

Open to Norwich Research Park

Abstract:  Antibiotic resistance is everywhere. Many clinically relevant antibiotic resistance mechanisms are mobile and have originated outside the pathogen. Where have these resistance mechanisms originated and which have travelled from outside the human to inside human pathogens? My research focuses on these areas outside humans and outside pathogens and investigates the questions of what mobile antibiotic resistance genes are present in the environment and within animal microbial systems? This talk will explore how to search, find and then characterise these mobile resistance mechanisms in the wild. When we find these mobile resistances we need to define their relevance for health and if they may be a new threat or a reservoir of an old threat to patient and animal health.

Biography:  Dr Fiona Walsh is an assistant professor at Maynooth University within the department of biology. She graduated from Edinburgh University with a PhD in medical microbiology and returned to Ireland to work in the department of clinical microbiology at Trinity College Dublin as a Health Research Board research fellow investigating AMR in hospital pathogens. She then moved to work for the federal department of agriculture in Switzerland to investigate the environmental impact of antibiotics used in plant agriculture and selection of AMR of human relevance. In 2014 she set up her research group in Maynooth University to investigate AMR from a one health perspective across environmental, animal and human health. Her research group is particularly interested in the transmission of plasmid mediated AMR across different systems and how the microbiome can enhance or mitigate these events.