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I am a Wellcome Trust and Royal Society funded Sir Henry Dale Fellow working in Infectious Disease Genomics at the Big Data Institute, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. I am supported by the Robertson Foundation and I am a collaborator with the Modernising Medical Microbiology consortium based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. I am also involved in the interdisciplinary Oxford Martin School Institute for Emerging Infections and Associate Member of the Department of Statistics.
My research interests are in the evolution of natural pathogen populations, which I study through comparative analysis of genomes within and between species. My research activity focuses on the analysis of bacterial pathogen populations, but I also work on viruses and non-pathogenic species. Motivating themes in my work are understanding the inheritance of virulence and the effects of transmission, natural selection and recombination in shaping pathogen diversity. I am investigating the evolution of pathogen populations from the colonization of individual hosts and transmission between hosts, through to the whole-species and phylogenetics levels.
I am an editor at Microbial Genomics, a PubMed-listed journal covering everything in microbial genomics spanning bases to biology.
You can find further details of my research interests, lab members, publications and CV on this website. Please contact me if you have any comments or questions about the website or my research. You can download my software for genomic analysis here.