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Dr Heather Allison B.A., B.Sc., Ph.D., FHEA

Reader Functional and Comparative Genomics

Research

Research Interest 1

I am interested in studying the molecular mechanisms that control various aspects of microbial interactions with their environment. I am currently running a variety of projects that are ultimately focused on using molecular biology to better understand microbial behaviour and niches, but I predominantly focus on two main research areas. The first is understanding how lambdoid bacteriophages, specifically Shiga toxin encoding bacteriophages, interact with their bacterial host cells, e.g. host adsorption targets, virally encoded integrases, and viral genes that alter the host phenotype without being involved in the viral replication process. I have also developed and utilised a number of molecular tools to examine the distribution of these bacteriophages in the natural environment. The second line of research focuses on the use of metagenomic techniques (pyrosequencing and fosmid libraries) to identify and characterise novel cellulolytic microbial taxa and the cellulases they produce from land fill and fresh water environments.
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Research Grants

Bench fees for Hashim Felemban

ROYAL EMBASSY OF SAUDI ARABIA, ROYAL EMBASSY OF SAUDI ARABIA CULTURAL BUREAU IN LONDON (UK)

February 2017 - January 2019

New materials for photocatalytic water decontamination

ROYAL SOCIETY (OST)

December 2016 - December 2017

New approaches for the quantitative detection of human pathogenic viruses within the freshwater-marine continuum

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

March 2016 - December 2018

Molecular characterisation of the processes responsible for toxigenic conversion of E.coli by VT-bacteriophages.

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

August 2004 - August 2007

Development of nanoparticulate surfaces that inhibit bacterial biofilm formation.

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC)

April 2004 - September 2005

The Armourers and Brasiers’ Materials Science Venture Prize: Treatment of dentures to inhibit oral thrush

ARMOURERS AND BRASIERS COMPANY

January 2010 - January 2015

The genotypic and phenotypic impacts of Shiga toxin encoding bacteriophage interactions with their host cells: consequences for food borne zoonoses

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

August 2011 - November 2014

Molecular biological characterisation of the anaerobic microbial community that drives cellulose decomposition in lake systems.

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

June 2004 - May 2007

Metagenomics of cellulose degrading communities

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

July 2010 - December 2013

Verocytotoxin-encoding bacteriophages - ecology and role in disease (Bacteriophage).

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

April 2004 - December 2009

Antimuscarinic autoantibodies in patients with Primary Sjögren's syndrome.

BRITISH SJOGREN'S SYNDROME ASSOCIATION

September 2001 - February 2003

Mohammed Mohaisen - bench fees

THE HIGHER COMMITTEE FOR EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT IN IRAQ (HCED) (IRAQ)

August 2014 - September 2016

Research Collaborations

Liam Boyle

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Luke Dawson

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Rachel Williams

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Michale Garvey

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