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John Wain

John WainI am a Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of East Anglia, the CSO and director for Discuva and Bactevo Ltd. and founding editor of the Journal of Infection in Developing Countries.

I am a bacteriologist and international authority on Salmonella and other gastrointestinal pathogens with over 30 years’ experience in the identification of bacterial pathogens and antibiotic resistance.

I started work as a graduate biologist in the public health laboratory service in the UK in 1981, and continued into the NHS from 1989-1992,  pursuing a research career in medical microbiology with a Ph.D at Birmingham University, a decade at the Wellcome Trust Overseas Unit in Vietnam and three years postdoctoral research at Imperial College. This was followed by a faculty position in Cambridge at the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute and a senior lectureship at the University of Liverpool. In 2008 I became the head of the largest bacteriology reference laboratory in the UK at Colindale: The laboratory for Gastrointestinal Pathogens, before moving into my current role of leading research in GI infections and developing translational research in diagnostic microbiology at the UEA.