Research student, Ysgol y Biowyddorau
My PhD utilises transcriptome profiling techniques such as RNA-Seq and transposon mutagenesis to identify genes which are differentially expressed in an industrially isolated Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain when exposed to antimicrobials used in home and personal care products. Whole genome sequencing has also been applied for comparisons of the industrial strain against clinical reference P. aeruginosa strains to identify genetic and metabolic differences and similarities. My PhD is an industrial-CASE sponsored BBSRC-funded project with Unilever’s Safety and Environment Assurance Centre (SEAC) as the industrial sponsor.
Background: I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science; my dissertation focused on equine distal limb wound healing and I became fascinated with the wound microbiome. This led onto an MSc in Medical Microbiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where I specialised in delayed wound healing, biofilms and novel antimicrobial treatments. The MSc provided me with the opportunity to publish my research project findings and this experience developed my passion for a career in research which led onto a PhD at Cardiff University. After finishing my MSc I also worked in industry as a Conjugation/QC Scientist at BBI Solutions in Cardiff. The role involved the development of procedures to conjugate bio-molecules to colloid for use in rapid diagnostic assays and QC testing of routine conjugates using customer/BBI defined techniques.