I am a molecular epidemiologist who looks at the transmission of bacteria and viruses between humans. My work focusses primarily on Mycobacterium tuberculosis but also on many other pathogens.
I graduated from NUI Maynooth, Ireland with a BSc in computational biology and genetics followed by a PhD in NUI Galway researching HIV transmission and drug resistance. I then undertook a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship in Dalhousie University, Canada looking at how bacteria swap their genetic material and how the human microbiome communities evolve. After this, in 2014 I joined the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium as a research fellow. There I led projects on Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other pathogens of the same genus, mostly looking at their transmission in high burden countries and how best to use genomics to improve public health initiatives. I am now a senior lecturer in microbiology at Nottingham Trent University within the AROM microbiology group where my group looks at both the evolution of bacterial pathogens and human associated microbiomes.