PhD Candidate, Department of Genetics and Genome Biology, University of Leicester

My PhD project will investigate bacteria and bacteriophages that inhabit ants and their nests.

Ants are thought to have evolved to cope with a high threat of disease by microorganisms, and bacteriophage - viruses that kill bacteria - might be important in this. With the rise of antibiotic resistance, bacteriophage are increasingly being considered as potential alternatives to antibiotics.

I will look at the microbial ecology of these ant-phage-bacteria communities by studying their entire genetic content, or metagenome. I hope to find out whether bacteriophage are important in shaping the communities of bacteria that live with ants.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    PhD Candidate, University of Leicester
  • 2013–2017
    Student, University of Bath