MRC CLIMB fellow, Daniel Falush hosted a well-attended meeting on development of pipelines for bacterial evolutionary genomics at the University of Bath. With attendees from all over the UK, Europe and even Asia (via Skype) the latest techniques for analysis of populations of bacterial genomes were discussed.
Ben Pascoe from the Sheppard Lab has returned from a successful workshop in the Gambia organised with collaborators from MRC CLIMB. The two-day workshop introduced attendees to CLIMB and working with their own VM participants assembled a test set of bacterial genomes, which they analysed to asses quality, type, call MLST sequence types, identify antimicrobial resistance genes and define core and accessory genomes. The visit was enjoyable and with the inauguration of President Adama Barrow tomorrow (18th Feb) these are very exciting times in the Gambia and hopefully the beginning of a fruitful collaboration.
Sam and Ben are featuring on a current affairs programme on about chicken welfare, microbiology and egg production. Check this out on BBC iPlayer (mostly in Welsh language).
We are delighted to welcome Evangelos Mourkas, as a starting PhD student in our lab! Evangelos, who got his DVM from Greece, is coming to us from Uppsala University (Sweden). His research here will focus on Campylobacter transmission ecology.
Evangelos and Guillaume next to the University pond, being photobombed by an oblivious male mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) who has no idea of what Evangelos usually does to his species as part of his infection experiments work.
#TeamEvangelos, the genesis.
It was a pleasure for us to host Håkan Johansson, as a visiting PhD student working with us on Campylobacter genomics as part of a FORMAS grant with Linnéuniversitetet (Sweden). On the picture below you can see Håkan officially receiving his Visiting Scholar Rubber Duck Award from Sam. Who even got some Rubus chamaemorus jam in return!
Good times! We are delighted to have been hosting many visiting researchers and collaborators in the last few weeks. There were no less than 7 of them in the picture below (names with links in legend):
From left to right; front row: Maria Carvalho (UHW/Cardiff University, UK), Phacharaporn Boonkhot (Chiang Mai University, Thailand), Tal Shpigel (Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Tel Aviv, Israel), Heather Chick, Nattinee Kittiwan (Chiang Mai University, Thailand), Amandine Thépault (ANSES, Ploufragran, France). Middle row: Sam Sheppard, Susan Murray, Elvire Berthenet, Lisa Williams, Rhys Jones, Llinos Harris. Back row: Diego Flórez Cuadrado (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain), Philippe Lehours (INSERM U853, University of Bordeaux, France); Guillaume Méric, Ben Pascoe, Dan John.
Yesterday for Darwin Day, Dr. Guillaume Méric was interviewed live in ‘Pythagoras’ Trousers’, a scientific show on Radio Cardiff about our collaborative work with the Moredun Institute (Scotland) on Campylobacter in grey seals. You can listen to the podcast here.
Today, our laboratory attended the Welsh Microbiology MITReG’s Final Annual Event in Cardiff (UK) in which we presented 2 talks (Leonardos Mageiros and Jane Mikhail) and 4 posters (Susan Murray, Dan John, Jane Mikhail and Llinos Harris).
Our research on Campylobacter in seals story has also been recently mentioned in The Sunday Times, the South Wales Evening Post, the International Business Times.
Also, Happy New Year!
Our research on Campylobacter source attribution in grey seals, recently published in Molecular Ecology in collaboration with Moredun Institute and St. Andrews University, has been featured on BBC1 Wales Today. An article and a video can be found on the BBC website, and a press release has been issued by Swansea University, describing the research further.