Post Doctoral Fellow, Genome Campus, Cambridge, UK
Amy is a postdoctoral researcher with the Pathogen Genomics group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, and is searching for non-obvious and new genes that make pathogenic hospital bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. She combines highly efficient methods to sequence bacterial genomes, with techniques that knock out each gene in turn to see if it alters antibiotic resistance levels.
Amy’s interest in researching the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance has continued from her PhD, completed at the University of Sydney, where she explored how antibiotic resistance genes, on mobile genetic elements, move throughout populations of resistant Salmonella from food sources.
Amy’s hope is that resistance can finally be tackled head on and is working with Antibiotic Action to publicize the problems of antibiotic resistance. By exposing these issues, we can help to prevent the occurrence and spread of resistance, and encourage research into developing new treatment options.