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Dr Jo Fothergill BSc (Hons), PhD

Research Fellow Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology


Personal Statement

My research interests revolve around understanding how pathogens cause disease. My main interests involve the opportunistic pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and how it interacts with other species during infection. Deciphering these interactions could be key to both understanding the evolution of successful pathogens and the development of appropriate therapeutics. My research combines genomics, molecular microbiology and population studies combined with relevant infection models.

Personal Distinctions

  • Invited speaker at the University of Sheffield (Invitation to Speak, University of Sheffield 2013)
  • Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, The Leverhulme Trust 2012)
  • SGM Presidents Fund (SGM 2010)
  • Young Investigator of the Year (European Cystic Fibrosis Society 2008)
  • Microbiology Communication Award (Prize, North West Microbiology Conference 2008)
  • Undergraduate Prize (Prize, British Society for Immunology 2004)

Administrative Roles

  • Athena SWAN self-assessment team.
  • The issues around women and careers in science have increased in importance in the UK over the past few years. I am a member of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team at the Institute of Infection and Global Health. We are implementing a number of measures with the aim of increasing equality for all. Please see our website for more details:

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