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Microbial Epidemiology

Molecular tracing of foodborne bacterial pathogens

Determination of whole genome sequences is now a cost effective way of distinguishing bacterial isolates and is facilitating epidemiology, source attribution and transmission studies within the IFR.

Genome map of Campylobacter jejuni

Genome map of Campylobacter jejuni

Our focus is on molecular epidemiology of the foodborne microbial pathogens Campylobacter, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Clostridium botulinum and Listeria.

Major areas of investigation are:

  • Where are the reservoirs of foodborne pathogens?
  • What are the selection pressures on pathogens throughout the food chain?
  • How can we leverage new technologies to improve our understanding of pathogens in food chain to improve food safety?

Ongoing projects include:

  • Tracking of Salmonella during outbreaks
  • Determination of transmission within and between animal reservoirs and the food chain
  • Comparative “omic” technologies for Campylobacter traceability

For Industry

If you are interested in utilising our expertise or learning more about our work with industry then please contact the Centre Co-ordinator.

Academic Links

Examples of recent academic outputs can be found on our Research Leaders pages.

Project Leaders involved: