My research investigates the evolution and spread of clinically important microbial pathogens and their viruses (bacteriophages) using approaches such as genomic epidemiology and comparative genomics as well as molecular microbiology techniques, with the aim of developing new strategies for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.
My research focuses on the contribution of phages and other mobile genetic elements to the emergence of new pathogens and antibiotic resistance.
I am also interested in the development of new bioinformatics tools to enable easier and quicker analyses of microbial genome data, particularly by the growing number of clinicians and biologists wanting to use new sequencing technologies.
Current research areas include:
- Genome evolution in emerging bacterial pathogens
- Interactions and horizontal gene transfer between bacteriophages and their bacterial hosts
- Development of new bioinformatics tools for analysis of microbial genome data
- Exploitation of viruses to combat bacterial disease
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