Frances Colles

About me
After graduating with a Microbiology/Zoology degree from Aberystwyth University I worked in two regional laboratories of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (DEFRA), carrying out a range of diagnostic testing in bacteriology, parasitology, virology and biochemistry.  I then worked in the clinical microbiology laboratory at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford as a state registered Biomedical Scientist, and completed an MSc in Medical Microbiology at the University of Westminster.  My research project looking at antibiotic resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae prompted my move into research as a career, and I joined the Maiden group in 1999 to work on the molecular epidemiology of Campylobacter.  Work for my DPhil involved collaboration with many different disciplines within the Zoology Department to trace the source of Campylobacter in chickens, and has since been extended to test links with animal welfare.  I enjoy teaching and helping with outreach for primary and secondary students at the Outdoor Classroom based at the University farm at Wytham.

Research interests
My interests include the molecular epidemiology of clinical and veterinary infectious disease and the interaction of disease, health and welfare of farmed animals relevant to sustainable food production.

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