BashTheBug, a citizen science project I run that is helping us measure how different clinical samples of M. tuberculosis grow in the presence of 14 different antibiotics, reached its first million classifications earlier this week. To read more head over to its blog. The photo mosaic on the left is made up of images […]
A paper was published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this week by the CRyPTIC project, of which I am part, with help from the 100,000 genomes project. It demonstrates how whole genome sequencing can be used to accurately predict drug susceptibility for the four first-line anti-tubercular drugs (isoniazid, rifampicin, pyrazinamide and ethambutol) […]
This paper, published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, determines the reproducibility and accuracy of minimum inhibitory concentrations for a panel of 14 different anti-TB compounds using a specifically designed 96-well plate (called UKMYC5) manufactured by Thermo Fisher.
Last year I coordinated a bid to the NIHR for capital to improve our research capacity to study antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. We were successful and were awarded £1.8 million to fund several different activities, including developing vaccines to prevent the spread of AMR. Previously in the John Radcliffe […]
I am involved in an international collaboration, the Comprehensive Resistance Prediction for Tuberculosis: an International Consortium (CRyPTIC), that is collecting 30-50,000 clinical samples from patients with tuberculosis (TB). Although often viewed as a historical disease, TB kills more people globally than any other infectious disease, with 1.7 million people dying from it in 2016. The ultimate […]
As described here, one of the main ways of getting funding to studying for a DPhil with me is to apply for an NDM Prize Studentship. There is a competition held each year and the successful applicants have all their fees paid and get a generous £18,000 pa tax-free stipend. The deadline is 12 noon […]