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.
This week we had the visit of Patrik Ellström, a collaborator from Uppsala University, Sweden working on Campylobacter. This was the opportunity for the lab to collectively appreciate thai food, with careful advice from Eng and Gift, our thai visiting PhD students.
From left to right: (back row): Guillaume Meric, Nattinee (Gift) Kittiwan, Justine Challis, Phacharaporn (Eng) Boonkhot, Ben Pascoe, Evie Toleman, Lisa Williams, Llinos Harris, Daniel Falush, Sam Sheppard. (front row): Leonardos Mageiros, Patrik Ellstrom, Elvire Berthenet, Gethin Allen, Rhys Jones, Susan Murray, Dan John.
Today, we are welcoming to our lab two visiting researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Chiang Mai University in Thailand to work on agricultural pathogens and genomics in Swansea. Dr. Nattinee (Gift) Kittiwan and Dr. Phacharaporn (Eng) Boonkhot will be with us for a few months. Welcome!
Earlier this month, Professor Ed Feil and colleagues visited us. It was fun.
Top photo from left to right: Keith Jolley, Guillaume Méric, Guislaine Zoller, Llinos Harris, Matt Hitchings, Daniel Falush, Lisa Williams, Sam Sheppard, Ben Pascoe.
Many congratulations to Leonardos Mageiros, PhD student in our laboratory, who has been awarded a travel award by the Welsh Livery Guild. Read more about it on the Swansea University website.
Our group was awarded a British Council Newton Fund award in collaboration with Dr. James Cronin and Prof. Martin Sheldon to organise a workshop on microbiology and genomics in Brazil later this year. Congratulations to all involved.
From left to right: Guillaume Meric, Ben Pascoe, Sam Sheppard, Luisa Carneiro, James Cronin, Martin Sheldon
As part of a collaboration with Chiang Mai University in Thailand, Sam Sheppard and Ben Pascoe had the opportunity to recently visit The National Elephant Institute of Thailand at the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC) in the Lampang Province to discuss with Dr. Taweepoke Angkawanich about infectious diseases in elephants.
Left picture: from left to right: Dr. Ponrut Phunpae (Chiang Mai University), Dr. Taweepoke Angkawanich (Veterinarian at the TECC), Dr. Ben Pascoe, Prof. Sam Sheppard, Dr. Usanee Anukool (Chiang Mai University).
Ben Pascoe has been formally accepted as a member of the prestigious Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). Congratulations.
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.