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Read more at: Chenxi Liu

Chenxi Liu

Streptococcus suis is a common pig pathogen colonising nearly all pig farms. While hardly lethal in pigs, S. suis still causes large economic losses to the swine industry because infected meat cannot be sold. Moreover, S. suis is extremely dangerous for meat industry workers, because when transmitted to humans it causes meningitis in 80% of patients and deafness in 60% of recovered casualties. Unfortunately, neither a vaccine nor diagnostic tool against S. suis is available, therefore the development of alternative control is an utterly important task.

Read more at: Maya Juman

Maya Juman

  • What I do: I am a PhD student and Gates Cambridge Scholar at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, studying the relationship between host ecology and viral emergence with a focus on zoonotic paramyxoviruses in fruit bats.
  • Research Interests: My research interests include disease biogeography, machine learning as a tool for host prediction, and viral surveillance in natural history museum collections.

Read more at: Paniz Hosseini

Paniz Hosseini

I am currently a PhD student in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor James Wood. My PhD topic will build on my previous work on the FluMAP study, which focused on understanding more about the avian influenza epidemic in the UK, and farmers behaviours and implementation of biosecurity on UK poultry farms.

Read more at: Charlotte Rendina

Charlotte Rendina

What I do:

PhD project on rabies surveillance and control programs and their sustainability using a One Health approach.

Research Interests:

I am interested specifically in One Health and how this can be applied to improve the prevention and control of infectious diseases. I am particularly interested in having a broad view over different topics and research areas to contribute to my research and knowledge.

Read more at: Dr Caitlin Collins

Dr Caitlin Collins

What I do:

I am developing methods to better understand accessory genome evolution. By analysing non-SNP variation, namely the gain and loss of whole genes and mobile elements, within a phylogenetic framework, my work aims to characterise evolutionary rates in the accessory genome and to examine how gene gain/loss and selection give rise to the variation observed in bacterial accessory genomes over different timescales.

Read more at: Molly Cliff

Molly Cliff

What I do:

I am currently working as a Research Assistant for Dr Caroline Trotter to investigate the epidemiology of pneumococcal disease in Africa. We are currently working to review existing pneumococcal data sets from the African meningitis belt and use this data to analyses prevention and control strategies of pneumococcal disease/outbreaks with a focus on displaced populations.