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Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research focuses on the root associated microbiome of wheat. I have two major lines of enquiry, the role of Streptomyces bacteria within the community, and the role ammonia oxidising archaea.

The rhizosphere of wheat is a highly competitive environment as the compounds exuded by the root system are a coveted energy source. I am interested in the mechanisms by which bacteria compete for these resources, as a result I am characterising the type seven secretion system (T7SS) of streptomyces. An analogue of this system in Staphylococcus aureus functions to kill competing bacteria, leading us to hypothesize that this function may be the same in Streptomyces.

Preliminary data indicates that the rhizosphere of wheat is also colonized by ammonia oxidising archaea, I will be using a number of methods to ask how this organism can compete within the rhizosphere, and what role it plays within the community. 

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia

Sep 2013Jun 2017

Award Date: 12 Jul 2017