Ellie Sayers

Postgraduate Student

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Gut microbes in health and disease


I completed my undergraduate degree (BSc Biomedical Science) at the University of Surrey in 2017.  During my placement year I worked at the Animal and Plant Health Agency, testing for antimicrobial resistance genes in animal faecal samples and developing a test to detect Escherichia coli in faeces.

I became interested in the human microbiome in disease throughout my degree and decided to continue in research afterwards, applying for a PhD at the University of East Anglia/Quadram Institute Bioscience.  My project is specifically looking at the gut microbiome in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints.

I am particularly interested in associations between gut microbiome composition and treatment outcomes in RA (pharmacomicrobiomics) and intestinal permeability (leaky gut).

Key publications

Sayers, E., Macgregor, A. and Carding, S. R. (2018) ‘Drug-microbiota interactions and treatment response: Relevance to rheumatoid arthritis’, AIMS Microbiology, 4(4), pp. 642–654. doi: 10.3934/microbiol.2018.4.642