Magdalena Kujawska

Postgraduate Student

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Early life microbiota-host interactions

I developed a passion for science in 2010, when I decided to shift my career from a qualified translator to a registered veterinary nurse. After completing my veterinary nursing training in Poland, I moved to Scotland, where I obtained my Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Parasitology from the University of Glasgow.

During my undergraduate studies, I became interested in gut health and in the use of computing to solve biological questions, which led to me joining the Hall lab as a PhD student in 2016.

My project investigates the evolutionary diversity of bifidobacteria isolated from a range of animal species in order to study the host-diet adaptations of members of this group. Using bioinformatics tools, I am analysing the genomic data to determine phylogenetic relationships, pan-genome and glycobiome of the genus Bifidobacterium, which will allow subsequent experimental confirmation using in vitro techniques and chemostat diet models.

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