Dr Raymond Kiu


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Early life microbiota-host interactions


I obtained a BSc in Nutritional and Health Sciences from Taipei Medical University under which programme I was professionally trained as a clinical dietitian. I then completed an MSc with distinction at the University of Reading in Nutritional Sciences (2013) before I went on to study for a PhD (2015-2018) in Microbiology at the University of East Anglia (UEA) under the supervision of Dr Lindsay Hall, and was partly funded by UEA Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences International Bursary.

My PhD focused on understanding the role of Clostridium perfringens in intestinal diseases using genomics (Whole Genome Sequencing), characterising phenotypic virulence traits and establishing a disease model to understand C. perfringens intestinal infections.

Key Publications

Kiu R & Hall LJ. An update on the human and animal enteric pathogen Clostridium perfringens. Emerging Microbes & Infections 7, 141. 2018. DOI:10.1038/s41426-018-0144-8

Kiu R, Caim S, Alexander S, Pachori P, Hall LJ. Probing genomic aspects of the multi-host pathogen Clostridium perfringens reveals significant pangenome diversity, and a diverse array of virulence factors. Front Microbiol 8, 2485. 2017. DOI:10.3389/fmicb.2017.02485

Kiu R, Caim S, Alcon-Giner C, Belteki G, Clarke P, Pickard D, Dougan G, Hall LJ. Preterm infant-associated Clostridium tertium, Clostridium cadaveris, and Clostridium paraputrificum strains: genomic and evolutionary insights. Genome Biology and Evolution 9,10. 2017. DOI:10.1093/gbe/evx210

Serghiou IR, Baker D, Evans R, Dalby MJ, Kiu R, Trampari E, Phillips S, Watt R, Atkinson T, Murphy B, Hall LJ, Webber M. (2023)

An efficient method for high molecular weight bacterial DNA extraction suitable for shotgun metagenomics from skin swabs.

Microbial genomics

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Teng NMY, Kiu R, Evans R, Baker DJ, Zenner C, Robinson SD, Hall L. (2023)

Allocoprobacillus halotolerans gen. nov., sp. nov and Coprobacter tertius sp. nov., isolated from human gut microbiota.

International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology

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Kiu R, Shaw AG, Sim K, Acuna-Gonzalez A, Price CA, Bedwell H, Dreger SA, Fowler WJ, Cornwell E, Pickard D, Belteki G, Malsom J, Phillips S, Young GR, Schofield Z, Alcon-Giner C, Berrington JE, Stewart CJ, Dougan G, Clarke P, Douce G, Robinson SD, Kroll JS, Hall L. (2023)

Particular genomic and virulence traits associated with preterm infant-derived toxigenic Clostridium perfringens strains.

Nature microbiology

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Neumann CJ, Mahnert A, Kumpitsch C, Kiu R, Dalby MJ, Kujawska M, Madl T, Kurath-Koller S, Urlesberger B, Resch B, Hall LJ, Moissl-Eichinger . (2023)

Clinical NEC prevention practices drive different microbiome profiles and functional responses in the preterm intestine.

Nature communications

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Lopez-Tello J, Schofield Z, Kiu R, Dalby MJ, van Sinderen, Le Gall, Sferruzzi-Perri AN, Hall L. (2022)

Maternal gut microbiota Bifidobacterium promotes placental morphogenesis, nutrient transport and fetal growth in mice.

Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS

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Gooch HCC, Kiu R, Rudder S, Baker DJ, Hall LJ, Maxwell A. (2021)

Enterococcus innesii sp. nov., isolated from the wax moth Galleria mellonella.

International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology

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Kiu R,Treveil A,Harnisch L,Caim S,Leclaire C,van Sinderen D,Korcsmaros T,Hall L. (2020)

Bifidobacterium breve UCC2003 Induces a Distinct Global Transcriptomic Program in Neonatal Murine Intestinal Epithelial Cells.

iScience, 23, 101336

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Alcon C,Dalby MJ,Caim S,Ketskemety J,Shaw A,Sim K,Lawson MAE,Kiu R,Leclaire C,Chalklen L,Kujawska M,Mitra S,Fardus-Reid F,Belteki G,McColl K,Swann JR,Kroll JS,Clarke P,Hall LJ. (2020)

Microbiota Supplementation with Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus Modifies the Preterm Infant Gut Microbiota and Metabolome: An Observational Study.

Cell reports. Medicine

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