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).
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