Billy Monteith

PhD student

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

Phone: +44 (0) 1225-383717

2020-Present: PhD student, The Milner Centre for Evolution (University of Bath & Folium Science)
2019-2020: MSc, Molecular Biosciences – Bioinformatics (University of Bath)
2013-2016: BSc, Biomedical Science (University of Southampton)

Research interests
My research focuses on the genetics and evolution of pathogenic bacteria associated with the global trade in livestock. Bacterial pathogens, such as Streptococcus suis and E. coli, are associated with zoonotic diseases that pose a threat to both human health and sustainable food production. However, eradicating these diseases is difficult due to these bacteria constituting highly diverse components of the commensal microbiota, with only certain strains causing disease. My research focuses on using comparative genomic techniques, such as phylogenetic reconstruction, genome-wide association studies, and differential gene expression analyses, to identify genetic sequences associated with disease or particular host organisms, in order to understand pathogen evolution and host adaptation.

Publications (* indicates joint authorship)
Patchanee P, Chokesajjawatee N, Santiyanount P, Chuammitri P, Deeudom M, Monteith W, Sheppard SK, Pascoe B*, Prasertee T* (2021) Characterisation of Salmonella enterica clones carrying mcr-1 plasmids in meat products and patients in Northern Thailand using long read sequencing. IJFM doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2021.109314 [Publisher] bioRxiv doi: 10.1101/2020.12.08.415869 [Preprint]; Sequence data [NCBI]