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Robert C Will

Robert C Will

PhD Student

Department of Medicine

Researching the evolutionary variations on global C. diphtheriae genomes



Robert is a PhD student in the Dougan & Mutreja groups at the University of Cambridge Department of Medicine and CITIID, as well as Hughes Hall. He is funded by Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Program, after graduating with First Class BSc (Hons) Biology with a Year in Industry from Swansea University. Robert is interested in translational research, focusing on infectious diseases, bacterial evolution and genomics, as well as how communicating science impacts policy and public perception. He is also passionate about widening participation, especially in postgraduate research. His work is primarily focused on analysing large collections of whole genome sequences from bacterial pathogens, in particular Corynebacterium diphtheriae and Vibrio Cholerae.

Robert represents the Microbiology Society as part of the Champions initiative and was elected to be the Communications Representative of the Early Career Microbiologist's Forum for 2020/21 by its members. Finally, he also sit on the MRC DTP committee as a PhD representative.

Departments and Institutes


Research Interests

Current: Whole Genome Sequencing to study global molecular epidemiology and evolution of Corynebacterium diphtheriae.


  • Genomics
  • Evolution
  • Pathogen Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Epidemic control
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Africa
  • Infection
  • Sequencing
  • Epidemiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bacteriology


  • Diptheria


  • Genome sequencing
  • Bioinformatics