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Edward Cunningham-Oakes

Research student, School of Biosciences



I graduated from King’s College London with a BSc Pharmacology with Extra Mural Year degree. During this programme, I undertook a one-year placement at St. George’s, University of London, researching synergistic efficacy of aminoglycoside antibiotics and Nordihydroguaiaretic acid against resistant and sensitive strains of Staphylococcus aureus. Keen to pursue my interest in microbiology and development of antimicrobial resistance, I am currently working with Prof Eshwar Mahenthiralingam, Dr Tom Connor and Unilever. This project is a CASE industrial studentship, under the BBSRC South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership. My research focuses upon preventing microbial contamination of industrial products and processes. This involves the use of whole genome sequence to understand the basis for bacterial resistance, and to anticipate adaptation in response to preservatives, which is important for industry to develop novel product preservation strategies.

Conference presentations

Presented at 21st International Burkholderia Working Group meeting in Dublin, Ireland (May 2-5, 2018)

Presented at ASM Microbe (American Society of Microbiology International Annual Conference) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA (June 7-11, 2018)


Beaton A, Lood C, Cunningham-Oakes E, MacFadyen A, Mullins AJ et al. 2018 Community-led comparative genomic and phenotypic analysis of the aquaculture pathogen Pseudomonas baetica a390T sequenced by Ion semiconductor and Nanopore technologies. FEMS Microbiol Lett 1–12.


Cunningham-Oakes E, Soren O, Moussa C, Rathor G, Liu Y, Coates A, Hu Y. 2015. Nordihydroguaiaretic acid enhances the activities of aminoglycosides against methicillin- sensitive and resistant Staphylococcus aureus in vitro and in vivo. Front Microbiol 6.


Social Media:

Instagram: @ecunninghamoakes