Dr Nicholas Evans B.Sc., Ph.D., F.H.E.A.

Senior Lecturer Infection Biology & Microbiomes

Research

Research Interests

Nick Evans is a veterinary microbiologist with interests in important pathogenic spirochetes and ruminant infectious diseases. Current funded research projects focus on treponemes responsible for digital dermatitis, a severe infectious disease causing lameness in ruminants. These studies include investigations into spirochete genomics and proteomics, spirochete survival in the environment, bacterial molecular epidemiology and transmission as well as describing ovine treponeme antimicrobial susceptibilities. Further interests include understanding how spirochetes cause damage to their host during disease. Nick has 15 years of infectious diseases research experience and an expanding research portfolio (PI/Co-I on >£2M research funding since 2008) with research substantially funded by the BBSRC as well as receiving funding from disinfectant, antibiotic and vaccine industries and the UK dairy and livestock levy boards DairyCo and EBLEX.

Research Grants

BENCH FEES FOR INTAN NOOR AINA BINTI KAMARUZAMAN

MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT (MALAYSIA)

March 2016 - February 2019

Preventing digital dermatitis transmission on Farms

AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE DEVELOPMENT BOARD (UK)

October 2017 - September 2021

Industrial case award for Hayley Crosby-Durrani

AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE DEVELOPMENT BOARD (UK)

October 2016 - June 2023

Unravelling the aetiology of contagious ovine digital dermatitis.

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC), EBLEX (UK), HYBU CIG CYMRU MEAT PROMOTION WALES (UK)

January 2016 - January 2020

An investigation into contagious ovine digital dermatitis lesion treponeme bacteria and their antibiotic susceptibilities

HYBU CIG CYMRU MEAT PROMOTION WALES (UK)

October 2013 - September 2014

Molecular genetics of farm animal protozoa

ROYAL THAI EMBASSY

September 2012 - August 2015

Dissecting the molecular diversity and commonality of the bovine digital dermatitis treponemes.

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

July 2013 - July 2016

Host-Pathogen interactions of treponemes and hoof tissues in digital dermatitis: How does infection lead to lameness?

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

September 2007 - February 2011

Identifying how digital dermatitis is transmitted between dairy cows

DAIRYCO (UK)

March 2012 - March 2018

Research Collaborations

Jonathan Wastling

External: University of Keele

Complex proteomic studies of treponemes.

Richard Birtles

External: University of Salford

Taxonomy and pathogenesis of spirochetes.

Stuart Carter

Internal

A variety of collaborations mostly focusing on digital dermatitis.

Roger Blowey

External: Wood Veterinary Group, Gloucester

The study of a variety of ruminant infectious diseases

Jeremy Derrick

External: University of Manchester

Novel vaccine technologies

Kristin Mansfield

External: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, USA

Treponemes in a severe infectious disease causing lameness in wild elk, USA.

Richard Murray

Internal

Studies into dairy cattle digital dermatitis

Jennifer Duncan

Internal

Collaborations studying contagious ovine digital dermatitis

Dai Grove-White

Internal

Collaborations studying contagious ovine digital dermatitis

Rob Smith

Internal

Collaborations studying dairy cattle digital dermatitis