Claire Elek

Postgraduate Student

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Gut viruses & viromics

I received my BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science in 2017, where I undertook a project investigating the carriage rate of methicillin-susceptible and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus among a healthy student population and a dissertation investigating whether bacteriophage (phage) therapy was a viable solution to treating antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in humans.

I received my MRes Biomedical Research, specialising in Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection from Imperial College London in 2019. During my first MRes project, I developed a novel reporter system in Klebsiella pneumoniae for in vivo bioluminescence imaging. During my second MRes project I investigated the effect of a small molecule inhibitor on DNA repair mechanisms in Gram-negative bacteria.

I am a DART MRC iCASE student within the Adriaenssens Group investigating gut bacteriophages for the biocontrol of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, specifically Klebsiella spp. My research interests include phage-pathogen interactions, antibiotic resistance, and phage-antibiotic interactions.