Emily Rudolph

PhD student

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

E-mail: er601@bath.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1225-383717

2019-present: PhD student, The Milner Centre for Evolution (University of Bath)
2018-2019: MSc Molecular Microbiology (University of Bath)
2014-2018: BA Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Marine Science (Wittenberg University)

Research interests
My research interests focus on the ecology and evolution of opportunistic pathogens. Many serious diseases (e.g., meningitis, pneumonia, blood/wound infections) are caused by commensal bacteria that are common on the skin or in the guts of healthy people. However, we still don’t know much about what makes good strains go bad, what the disease determinants are, and how the pathogenic strains aren’t outcompeted in the commensal niche.  In order to gain insight into these areas, I am focusing on both commensal and pathogenic strains of bacteria in varying immune environments, specifically Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Campylobacter jejuni.