Luke Acton

Postgraduate Student

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Pathogen variation

In 2019, I received my Undergraduate degree from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Biological Sciences. During my studies, I undertook a Year in Industry placement at the Quadram Institute. This project focused on isolating and characterizing Salmonella in the food chain. Upon my return to UEA, I carried out a dissertation project studying the envelope stress response of Salmonella. For this project, I was awarded the Royal Society of Biology Advanced Accreditation Top Project Award for the highest project mark in Biological Sciences at UEA.

My current work focuses on isolating Bacteriophages from the environment and uses cutting edge genomic and molecular biology approaches to assess their application to control Salmonella in food and food processing environments.

My Research Interests Include: Host-Pathogen Interactions, Viromics, Genomic, Bacteriophage and Molecular Microbiology.

Acton L, Pye HV, Thilliez G, Kolenda R, Matthews M, Turner AK, Yasir M, Holden E, Al-Khanaq H, Webber M, Adriaenssens EM, Kingsley . (2024)

Collateral sensitivity increases the efficacy of a rationally designed bacteriophage combination to control Salmonella enterica

Journal of Virology


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Pye H, Thilliez G, Acton L, Kolenda R, Al-Khanaq H, Grove S, Kingsley . (2023)

Strain and serovar variants of Salmonella enterica exhibit diverse tolerance to food chain-related stress

Food Microbiology


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Kingsley R,Tassinari E,Bawn M,Thilliez G,Charity O,Acton L,Kirkwood M,Petrovska L,Dallman T,Burgess C,Hall N,Duffy G. (2020)

Whole-genome epidemiology links phage-mediated acquisition of a virulence gene to the clonal expansion of a pandemic Salmonella Typhimurium clone

Microbial Genomics


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