Oliver Charity

Postgraduate Student

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Pathogen variation


I hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Leicester where I studied microbiology, undertaking a dissertation investigating chemotaxis in the food-borne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni. Subsequently I was invited to stay on with university funding to study copper resistance and drug efflux in drug-resistance persistent pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae.

I have industrial experience from working as a microbiologist for a large food company, and prior to my PhD studentship undertook a six month research project characterizing an integrative conjugative element in Campylobacter coli.

My research interests include host-pathogen interactions, bacterial genomics, horizontal gene transfer, virology, bacteriophage and machine learning applications to biological questions.

My research project seeks to further understand horizontal genetic transfer in the food-borne pathogen Salmonella, which is funded by the BBSRC DTP programme

I am heavily involved in wellbeing and student affairs, and hold a position in the Quadram Student Forum, and the Staff Support Group.

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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Branchu P., Charity O. J., Bawn M., Thilliez G., Dallman T. J., Petrovska L., Kingsley R.. (2019)

SGI-4 in Monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium ST34 Is a Novel ICE That Enhances Resistance to Copper.

Frontiers in microbiology, 10, 1118

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