Categories
antimicrobial resistance clinical microbiology computing grants research tuberculosis

Postdoctoral position advertised

Through the CompBioMed2 EU Centre of Excellence project I have funding to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to develop machine-learning models to predict whether an infection is susceptible to an antibiotic. The need for predictive methods, such as these, will grow in the coming years as more of clinical microbiology transitions to using genetics to infer […]

Categories
antimicrobial resistance clinical microbiology computing distributed computing grants

GPAS

I’ve been working on this for the last few months and very happy that we can now share our plans. Through a very generous donation by ORACLE, a group of researchers led by ModMedMicro at Oxford, are developing a cloud-based clinical microbiology genetics processing service, called the Global Pathogen Analysis System (GPAS). GPAS is still […]

Categories
antimicrobial resistance clinical microbiology publication

New preprint: Deciphering bedaquiline and clofazimine resistance in tuberculosis

In this preprint we examine 14,151 clinical isolates drawn from the CRyPTIC dataset. Each isolate had its minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) to bedaquiline and clofazimine measured and hence we were able to identify the transcription regulator Rv0678, as the current main source of elevated MICs to both these drugs. Lindsay¬†Sonnenkalb, who is studying for her […]

Categories
antimicrobial resistance clinical microbiology publication research tuberculosis

New print: Epidemiological cutoff values for a 96-well broth microdilution plate for M. tuberculosis

In this preprint, the CRyPTIC project proposes the maximum value of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) for 13 different anti-TB drugs below which a sample can be considered to be ‘genotypically wild-type’. It is necessary to establish these values, called epidemiological cutoff values (ECOFFs or ECVs), so that the MICs measured can be converted into binary […]

Categories
antimicrobial resistance clinical microbiology computing grants research

Research position advertised

Come and work with me on antimicrobial resistance! Advert here. Broadly the idea is to develop our work using machine learning and molecular simulation to predict whether individual bacterial protein mutations confer resistance to an antibiotic (or not). Any questions please get in touch. For more details please see the advert, especially the lists of […]

Categories
clinical microbiology publication

New publication: Antibody Status and Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Health Care Workers

A second Covid-19 publication I’m proud to be (a small) part of has recently published been in the New England Journal of Medicine. Given the Oxford University Hospital’s Staff Covid testing has been running for months, as described in our first publication, the team was able to show that having antibodies led to a substantially […]

Categories
antimicrobial resistance clinical microbiology publication

New publication: Differential occupational risks to healthcare workers from SARS-CoV- 2

Very pleased and proud to be included on this manuscript, which has been published in eLife (and is also¬† available as a preprint); the observations are drawn from the large and comprehensive SARS-CoV-2 testing programme run by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. I helped develop the internal website used by staff to book appointments and […]

Categories
antimicrobial resistance clinical microbiology publication research

New publication: Reconciling the potentially irreconcilable? Genotypic and phenotypic amoxicillin-clavulanate resistance in Escherichia coli.

Clinical microbiology often assumes a sample is resistant or susceptible. Making such a classification relies on applying a threshold (usually called a cutoff) to quantitative data, such as minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs). If the MICs are strongly bimodal, then this is trivial and reproducibility is guaranteed. If the MICs are unimodal, then one is left […]

Categories
antimicrobial resistance clinical microbiology publication research tuberculosis

New publication: Phylogenetically informative mutations in genes implicated in antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex

Although the population structure M. tuberculosis is clonal, one must be careful when inferring the effect of individual mutations on the effect of an antibiotic. Purely because a mutation appears to define a phylogeny does not mean it has no effect on the minimum inhibitory concentration. Read more here (Open Access).

Categories
antimicrobial resistance clinical microbiology computing tuberculosis

AMyGDA now available from GitHub

AMyGDA is a python module that analyses photographs of 96-well plates and, by examining each well for bacterial growth, is able to read a series of minimum inhibitory concentrations for the antibiotics present on a plate. Previously it was only available to download from this website (due to licensing) if you gave your email address […]