melissa_photoI am studying the spread of infectious diseases, with a particular focus on bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance.  My work involves using pathogen genetic sequence data to understand patterns of transmission, with the ultimate aim of improving disease prevention and control.

I am a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, funded by the Wellcome Trust.  I also hold a LEADERS training award from the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance.

My project is split between the University of Edinburgh, the University of Oxford, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the International Livestock Research Institute Nairobi.  I am currently performing research at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, working with Dr. Danny Wilson in the Modernising Medical Microbiology group led by Prof. Derrick Crook and Prof. Tim Peto.

For information about my experience of applying for Wellcome Trust funding, and the opportunities that have arisen during my Fellowship, please see this interview.  To find out what my work entails of the office, you can look at this leaflet which was produced as part of a fundraising campaign for The Edinburgh Fund.  For more details about my work in the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh, please click here.


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