Helen Wimalarathna

About me
I read Natural Sciences at the University of Durham, graduating in 2005. I spent some time working overseas before returning to the UK to do an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, graduating in 2007. Subsequently I worked for the Health Protection Agency in the Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Laboratory at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, followed by a year working for a Sri Lankan NGO, designing and monitoring diarrhoeal disease control programmes in low-income, high water-table environments. I joined the Maiden Group as a Research Assistant in 2010, working on Campylobacter surveillance and outbreak detection using MLST. Like the rest of the group I have migrated from MLST to Whole Genome Sequences and I am currently in the third year of my D.Phil. on the molecular epidemiology and ecology of Campylobacter in the UK.

Research interests
My interests include the evolution and ecology of pathogens and the epidemiology of infectious disease. I have a particular interest in diarrhoeal diseases and other neglected tropical diseases.

Contact
E-mail: helen.wimalarathna@zoo.ox.ac.uk


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Publications

Duck Liver-associated Outbreak of Campylobacteriosis among Humans, United Kingdom, 2011. Abid, M; Wimalarathna, H.M.L; Mills, J; Saldana, L; Pang, W; Richardson, J.F; Maiden, M.C.J; McCarthy, N.D. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 19(8). 2013.

Widespread acquisition of antimicrobial resistance among Campylobacter isolates from UK retail poultry and evidence for clonal expansion of resistant lineages. Wimalarathna, H.M.L; Sheppard, S.K; Richardson, J.F; Lawson, A.J; Elson, R; Meldrum, R; Little, C.L; Maiden, M.C.J; McCarthy, N.D. BMC Microbiology 13(1) 2013.

Ecological Factors that Influence Genetic Structure in Campylobacter coli and Campylobacter jejuni. Wimalarathna, H.M.L; Sheppard, S.K. in book: Current Topics in Phylogenetics and Phylogeography of Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems. InTech. 2013.

A longitudinal 6-year study of the molecular epidemiology of clinical Campylobacter isolates in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Cody, A.J; McCarthy, N.D; Wimalarathna, H.M.L; Colles, F.M; Clark, L; Bowler, I.C.J.W; Maiden, M.C.J; Dingle, K.E. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 50(10) 2012.