Darwin Day Lecture: Professor Turi King

Darwin Day Lecture, Friday February 15th, 2019
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN

Professor Turi King – King Richard III: resolving a 500 year old cold case.
When the University of Leicester Archaeology Service undertook the Grey Friars project, it was thought that the chances of finding the remains of Richard III were slim to none. Nevertheless, the skeletal remains of a ‘good candidate’ to be Richard III were found. Prof Turi King, with her background both in archaeology and genetics, led the DNA analysis in this fascinating project identifying the remains of the infamous king. In the 2019 Milner Centre Darwin Day lecture, Turi King spoke about the Grey Friars project, from the early stages of planning the dig, through to the excavation and the results of the various strands of analysis carried out on the remains.

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Collaborative visit to Japan

After several years working together we finally met up with Dr Hiroshi Asakura (National Institute of Health Sciences, Kanagawa) in person. During a recent visit to Japan, Sam and Ben met up with Hiroshi and Koji in Tokyo to discuss ongoing projects.

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From left: Ben Pascoe, Hiroshi Asakura, Koji Yahara & Sam Sheppard

Previous work with Hiroshi includes our paper on Enhanced biofilm formation evolves from divergent genetic backgrounds in host generalist Campylobacter jejuni with future work in the pipeline!

Egyptian collaboration

Dr Mohamed Elhadidy has been visiting the lab this month from Mansoura University in Egypt. Mohamed is an Associate Professor and in addition to enjoying the glorious summer weather in Bath, has been learning about our sequencing and analysis techniques with a view to building a relationship for collaboration. Everyone in the lab is looking forwards to working together in the future.

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Jess, Mohamed and Ben

 

Chiang Mai Salmonella collaboration

Our first paper has been published as part of what we hope will continue to be a fruitful collaboration with researchers at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. The manuscript focuses on identification of Salmonella Weltevrenden outbreak strains in the pork production chain in Chiang Mai. This Salmonella serovar was the dominant serovar found in the regions pork production 15 years ago, but has now been almost completely replaced by other, multi-drug resistant serovars. The Weltevrenden serovar rarely carries antimicrobial resistance genes, however the isolates we do find remaining in the region have began to acquire resistant genotypes. You can read the paper here.

 

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