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

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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Kiu R., Brown J., Bedwell H., Leclaire C., Shabhonam C., Pickard D., Dougan G., Dixon R. A., Hall L. J.. (2019)

Genomic analysis on broiler-associated Clostridium perfringens strains and exploratory caecal microbiome investigation reveals key factors linked to poultry necrotic enteritis

Animal Microbiome, 1, 12

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Kiu R., Caim S., Alcon C., Belteki G., Clarke P., Pickard D., Dougan G., Hall L.. (2017)

Preterm Infant-Associated Clostridium tertium, Clostridium cadaveris, and Clostridium paraputrificum Strains: Genomic and Evolutionary Insights

Genome Biology and Evolution, 9, 2707-2714

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