#TeamEvangelos

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.

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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.

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#TeamEvangelos, the genesis.

Spring visitors

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):

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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.

BBC coverage of our research on Campylobacter in seal pups

bbc-walesOur 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.

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New book on Campylobacter Ecology and Evolution edited by Sam Sheppard and Guillaume Méric

The first hard copies of the “Campylobacter Ecology and Evolution” book are off the press! The book will be fully available in March 2014 (electronic version) or April 2014 (hard-copy). More details and the possibility to pre-order directly on the publisher’s website or on Amazon. Congratulations and many thanks to all authors that contributed and made this possible.wordle_Campybook

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MITReG conference presentations

Our laboratory attended the Microbiology & Infection Translational Research Group (MITReG) Annual Symposium for Translational Infection Research in Wales, which was held in the Liberty Stadium of Swansea on the 11th December 2013. From our group, Thomas Wilkinson, Jane Mikhail and Ben Pascoe gave talks and Angharad Davies, Llinos Harris and Guillaume Méric presented posters. Guest speakers included Prof. Tom J. Humphrey (University of Liverpool) and Prof. Ross Fitzgerald (Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh).