I am a PhD student affiliated with the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections investigating the effect of infection on the composition of the gut microbiota and its metabolite profile as well as the influence of travel on the acquisition of antimicrobial resistance genes.
In collaboration with Public Health England, my research is aimed at advancing culture-free diagnostics using –omics approaches (metagenomics, metabolomics) to improve detection of enteric pathogens and inform associated public health interventions. Techniques I use for this include next-generation sequencing, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and bioinformatics tools for data analysis.
My background is in Biochemistry and Forensic Science with my undergraduate project focusing on the retrieval of ancient DNA. During my Masters I studied the forces governing protein organization in the plasma membrane. Additionally, I have practical experience in PCR-based routine diagnostics of a variety of pathogens ranging from C. difficile to HIV.