Research Fellow in Microbiology, Blizard Institute, QMUL, UK
My passion to fight the antibiotic resistance problem started in the late 1990s when I was an undergraduate at Imperial College and learnt about the problem for the first time. I went on study antibiotic resistance further for my PhD at QMUL, University of London. Sadly, the work I conducted for my thesis demonstrated that the idea that it might be possible to reverse the problem by simply reducing antibiotic use temporarily was unlikely to work in many cases, particularly the plasmid-mediated resistance in Gram-negative bacteria which we currently struggle so much with. After graduating in 2002 I went on to forge a career researching antibiotic resistance and ways to curb it. After a long stint at The University of Bristol I am not back at QMUL. As well as carrying out research, I also lecture on antibiotic resistance and edit for the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Apart from my academic interest in antibiotic resistance I am also a parent and want to ensure safe and effective antibiotics are available to the next generation. In my role as antibiotic action champion and antibiotic action Facebook co-ordinator I have been spreading the word to individuals from all walks of life because ultimately, antibiotic resistance affects us all.