Podcast: Why use genomics in an epidemic?

Sam Sheppard from the University of Bath presents at the ARTICnetwork & CLIMB-BIG-DATA workshop on COVID-19 data analysis, motivating why we should use genomics in an epidemic. He gives background on typing schemes, different ways of sequencing and challenges such as how you can analyse large mounts of genomic data.
Micro binfie podcast [link]

CLIMB-NG Workshop: www.climb.ac.uk/artic-and-climb-b…a-joint-workshop/

Agricultural intensification and the evolution of host specialism in the enteric pathogen Campylobacter jejuni

The group’s latest paper investigating the emergence of cattle specialist strains of Campylobacter jejuni associated with intensive animal agriculture was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [Abstract below]

Cattle in a US feedlot
Bath University press release: Intensive farming increases risk of epidemics
Sheffield University press release: Intensive farming increases risk of epidemics

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Welcome Jaspreet!

We are glad to welcome Jaspreet Mahindroo to the lab, who is visiting as part of her PhD studies with Dr. Neelam Taneja at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh in India. We’re very happy to help Jaspreet characterize her Campylobacter genomes and investigate potential sources of infection in India.

From left to right: Ben, Grant, Jess, Sam, Jaspreet & Evangelos.

Darwin Day: Dr. Kat Arney

Darwin Day Lecture, Wednesday February 19th, 2020
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN

Dr. Kat Arney – Everything You Know About Genetics Is Wrong.
Many of us learn about genetics in school starting with Mendel and his pea plants. We learn that one gene is linked to one trait, and one gene fault causes one disease. But the recent revolution in DNA sequencing is revealing that it’s much more complicated. People are not peas – and even peas are not peas! Dr Kat Arney, author of Herding Hemingways Cats: understanding how our genes work and How to Code a Human, explains how much we really know about how our genetic blueprints dictate our characteristics and health.

Special thanks to Jess for organising the event and to Evangelos, Vicky, Emily and Sabrina for helping out during the day.

Welcome Emily, Goodbye Sabrina!

A warm welcome to Emily Rudolph as a starting PhD student into our laboratory! She will be working on commensal and pathogenic strains of bacteria in varying immune environments. Prior to joining us Emily has completed a MSc at the University of Bath in 2019. Good luck and we look forward to many exciting projects and research!

A farewell to Sabrina Hepner who was visiting as part of her PhD studies with Gabriele Margos at the Ludwig-Maximilians University and the Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority (LGL) in Germany. Sabrina spent 4 weeks with us working on Borrelia genomics.

CHRO-2019, Belfast

Ben, Jess and Evangelos attended the bi-annual Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO) conference in Belfast. It was good to meet up with old friends, present our work (poster, talks and sessions) and help the Campylobacter football team defend their trophy against Helicobacter!

ASM microbe in San Francisco

Sheppard Lab joined over 9,000 at the recent ASM microbe meeting in San Francisco. Ben and Sion gave oral presentations and Evangelos presented his award-winning flash poster presentation.


Top: Ben’s talk on global differences in Campylobacter populations; Middle-left: Evangelos’ poster on cattle-adaptation in C. jejuni. Bottom-left: View of the golden gate bridge! Bottom-right: Sion’s talk on niche-associated genes.

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