Who we are
We are a group of scientists and clinicians committed to reducing the global impact of bacterial infectious diseases. Based in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, we use a multidisciplinary approach that has a whole-organism conceptual framework founded on a synthesis of genetics, biochemistry, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Our goal is to to conduct cutting-edge research that can be applied directly for public health benefit. As an academic group we are strongly committed to education and training both in Oxford and beyond.
Dr Frances Colles
- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council - BBSRC (Prediction of phenotype from genotype with respect to bacterial infection).
- Department of Health - Research (Evaluating the effect of “MenB” vaccination on meningococcal carriage).
- Food Standards Agency (Enhanced molecular-based (whole genome surveillance and source attribution of Campylobacter Infections in the UK).
- Health Research Council of New Zealand (Evolution of an epidemic: emergence and adaptation of group B meningococci in NZ).
- Meningitis Research Foundation (Maintaining the Assembly, Deposition, Curation, and Annotation of WGS data on PubMLST).
- National Institute for Health Research (MEVACP - Molecular Epidemiology for Vaccination Policy) & (Mucosal Pathogens research).
- Public Health England (Clinical Meningococcal Isolates).
- Wellcome Trust (PubMLST: Disseminating and exploiting bacterial diversity data for public health benefit). Plus two collaborative WT grants.
- Wellcome Trust Enriching Engagement (Genome Detectives).
- European Centre for Disease Prevention - ECDC (Use of the European Meningococcal Epidemiology in Real Time (EMERT) platform to support the collection, analysis and interpretation of meningococcal sequence information for European public health laboratories for EU-level public health).
- Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs - DEFRA (Maintaining sentinel surveillance for Human Campylobacteriosis: Monitoring the impact of Poultry Industry interventions) & (Exploitation of the Camplyobacter MLST databases).
- European Commission FP7 Research and Innovation (Patho NGen Trace. Next Generation Genome Based High Resolution Tracing of Pathogens).