Consultant in Infection (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), NIHR Oxford Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Martin School Fellow
I work as a Consultant in infectious diseases and medical microbiology at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and also run a portfolio of research studies investigating various aspects of: (i) antimicrobial resistance (AMR), particularly in Enterobacterales; (ii) One Health and AMR gene dissemination/pathogen spillover across reservoirs; (iii) rapid diagnostics, including projects on nanoimaging, antigen/antibody tests, and pathogen sequencing, including DNA and RNA sequencing of isolates, and metagenomic sequencing of clinical samples; and (iv) epidemiology of infectious diseases more broadly, including SARS-CoV-2.
I am currently co-supervising four DPhil students and am a member of the Leadership Committee of the Medical Research Foundation's National PhD Training Programme in AMR Research (https://amrtraining.ac.uk/) - a highly interdisciplinary programme specifically designed to incorporate multi-disciplinarity in AMR research.
I am very active in grant and peer review, am on the editorial board of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, and support my students in their roles on Microbial Genomics' Early Career Board of Reviewers. I am also strongly supportive of patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) in research, having most recently developed a hands-on community programme structured around theatre in educating children and their caregivers about microbes, infections and AMR.
Factors associated with plasmid antibiotic resistance gene carriage revealed using large-scale multivariable analysis
Orlek A. et al, (2023), Scientific Reports, 13
High-resolution characterization of short-term temporal variability in the taxonomic and resistome composition of wastewater influent.
Chau KK. et al, (2023), Microbial genomics, 9
Protection against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.4/5 variant following booster vaccination or breakthrough infection in the UK.
Wei J. et al, (2023), Nature communications, 14
Evaluation of Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (IR Biotyper) as a complement to Whole genome sequencing (WGS) to characterise Enterobacter cloacae, Citrobacter freundii and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates recovered from hospital sinks.
Aranega-Bou P. et al, (2023), medRxiv
Enterobacterales plasmid sharing amongst human bloodstream infections, livestock, wastewater, and waterway niches in Oxfordshire, UK.
Matlock W. et al, (2023), Elife, 12