Dr Matt Bawn


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Pathogen variation


I began my undergraduate studies studying physics at the University College of Wales Aberystwyth. After this I then worked in industry for a number of years in the field of high-field superconducting magnet manufacture, before returning to university in 2007 to undertake postgraduate research.

I was awarded my PhD in 2012 by the School of Chemistry of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Biochemical magnetic resonance spectroscopy. I continued working in this area of spectroscopy during my first post-doctoral position at Brooklyn College CUNY (Rick Magliozzo) in New York as well as applying various computational chemistry techniques.

After this I worked in the Centre for Genetics and Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Human Medicine at the University of San Martin de Porres in Lima, Peru (Ricardo Fujita). I was responsible for the creation of a bioinformatics facility to enable the lab to work with large scale high-throughput genetic data.

Currently I am a bioinformatician working between the Neil Hall Group at Earlham Institute and the Rob Kingsley’s group at the Quadram Institute focusing on adaptive evolution in Salmonella.

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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Tassinari E., Duffy G., Bawn M., Burgess C. M., McCabe E. M., Lawlor P. G., Gardiner G., Kingsley R. A.. (2019)

Microevolution of antimicrobial resistance and biofilm formation of Salmonella Typhimurium during persistence on pig farms.

Scientific reports, 9, 8832

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Karlinsey J. E., Stepien T. A., Mayho M., Singletary L. A., Bingham-Ramos L. K., Brehm M. A., Greiner D. L., Shultz L. D., Gallagher L. A., Bawn M., Kingsley R. A., Libby S. J., Fang F. C.. (2019)

Genome-wide Analysis of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi in Humanized Mice Reveals Key Virulence Features.

Cell host & microbe, 26, 426-434.e6

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