Melissa Jansen van Rensburg

About me
I’m a postdoctoral researcher in the Maiden Group, working on Campylobacter.  Originally from South Africa, I completed my undergraduate, Honours, and Masters degrees at the University of Cape Town.  For my MSc, I worked on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), using a combination of molecular methods to describe the epidemiology of this important pathogen.  After working as a research assistant on a clinical trial of novel TB diagnostics, I came to Oxford in 2011 to start my DPhil in the Maiden group, studying the genomic epidemiology of Campylobacter from South Africa.  For my postdoctoral research, I’m using genomics, in conjunction with approaches from the fields of population genetics and evolution, to study various aspects of the epidemiology of Campylobacter from the UK.

Research interests
Genomics – Epidemiology of infectious diseases (particularly in developing countries) – Microbiology – Molecular biology – Microbial evolution – Population genetics – Scientific communication



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