Fiona Newberry

Postgraduate Student

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Gut microbes in health and disease

I attained a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Swansea University in 2014. I then pursued an MSc in Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. My research project focused on Brugia malayi drug discovery and utilized proteomic techniques. Here I became interested in ‘omics, bioinformatics and host-pathogen interaction.

I started my PhD in 2016, entitled ‘The role of the enteric virome in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis’, funded by the Invest in ME charity. The aim of this study is to examine the intestinal virome of CFS/ME patients in relation to microbiome alteration and disease pathogenesis. This will involve refinement of current viral extraction techniques and development of a bioinformatic pipeline for data analysis.

Research interests include bioinformatics, host-pathogen interactions, phage-bacteria interactions, ‘omics and intestinal microbiome.


Tariq MA,Newberry F,Haagmans R,Booth C,Wileman T,Hoyles L,Clokie MRJ,Ebdon J,Carding SR. (2020)

Genome Characterization of a Novel Wastewater Bacteroides fragilis Bacteriophage (vB_BfrS_23) and its Host GB124  

Frontiers in Microbiology

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Newberry F., Hsieh S. Y., Wileman T., Carding S. R.. (2018)

Does the microbiome and virome contribute to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome?

Clinical Science, 132, 523-542

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