Billy Monteith

PhD student

The Milner Centre for Evolution
Department of Biology & Biotechnology
University of Bath
Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 1225-383717

2020-Present: PhD student, The Milner Centre for Evolution (University of Bath & Folium Science)
2019-2020: MSc, Molecular Biosciences – Bioinformatics (University of Bath)
2013-2016: BSc, Biomedical Science (University of Southampton)

Research interests
My research focuses on the genetics and evolution of pathogenic bacteria associated with the global trade in livestock. Bacterial pathogens including Campylobacter, E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus are associated with zoonotic diseases that pose a threat to both human health and sustainable food production. However, eradicating these diseases is difficult due to these bacteria constituting highly diverse components of the commensal microbiota, with only certain strains causing disease. New technologies known as Guided Biotics, developed by Folium Science, which uses CRISPR-Cas technology to selectively target unwanted bacteria, represent a promising solution in combating these pathogens. My research focuses on using comparative genomics to understand pathogen evolution and identify gene targets for CRISPR-guided removal of unwanted bacteria.

Publications (* indicates joint authorship)
Patchanee P, Chokesajjawatee N, Santiyanount P, Chuammitri P, Deeudom M, Monteith W, Sheppard SK, Pascoe B*, Prasertee T* (2020) Multiple clones of colistin-resistant Salmonella enterica carrying mcr-1 plasmids in meat products and patients in Northern Thailand. bioRxiv doi: 10.1101/2020.12.08.415869