As a medical microbiologist, my research interests focus around bacterial disease and antibiotic resistance (AMR). In particular, I have expertise in molecular mechanisms of virulence and AMR and in science communication on several platforms.
I regularly run public engagement events at science festivals, and in 2018 led the Microbihome event at Gamelab for Manchester Science Festival. This event was a collaboration between artists and scientists and included a range of mixed media, immersive experiences to further understanding about the human microbiome and how it is effected by antibiotics.
I am currently running research projects that focus on the characterisation of AMR bacteria causing a range of infections, but also circulating in healthy populations. I also have strong expertise in bacteriophage biology and how bacterial viruses influence bacterial infection.
I am interested in how bacterial infections are tackled in sub-Saharan African countries, and how health and agricultural infrastructures affect the spread of infection and AMR. My work aims to gain insight into the specific challenges faced by under-resourced healthcare centres serving remote areas and how knowledge exchange through sample and data sharing, public engagement and science communication can help.