Dorina Timofte is a tenured Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Microbiology in the Liverpool University School of Veterinary Science. She leads the Veterinary Microbiology Diagnostic Laboratory (VMDL) which provides an essential service for the referral hospitals (Equine, Small animals and Farm animals) and first opinion practices at Leahurst & Liverpool as well as for external veterinary practices.
Dorina is a veterinarian who qualified (DVM) from Iasi University, Romania in 1991. In 1998, Dorina was awarded a PhD and subsequently was appointed Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Iasi where she worked until June 2004 when she moved to Liverpool. In 2009, Dorina became the Head of the Veterinary Microbiology Laboratory in the Liverpool School of Veterinary Science and developed its activity extensively. As a result, besides supporting the veterinary hospitals clinical activity, the laboratory is involved in clinical research and teaching. State-of-the art tools such as MALDI-TOF MS are used routinely for clinical diagnostics whilst Nanopore sequencing and IR-Biotyper are trialled for near future introduction in the laboratory workflow for fast pathogen detection and for tracking infections in the veterinary hospitals.
The students on Clinical rotations spend time in the Diagnostic Laboratory being exposed to state of the art clinical microbiology and learning about the importance of rapid diagnostics for antimicrobial selection and stewardship.
The Veterinary Microbiology Diagnostic Laboratory became one of the first (March 2018) approved training centres of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology (http://ecvmicro.org/training-centers/ ) and was the first Centre to establish a Veterinary Microbiology Residency Training programme.
Dorina is also involved in several European collaborations which are aiming to improve veterinary diagnostics and optimise veterinary antimicrobial use. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Study Group of Veterinary Microbiology (within the European Society of Clinical microbiology and Infectious Diseases) and part of the Management Committee of the European Network for Optimization of Veterinary Antimicrobial Treatment (ENOVAT). In this project, she is leading a working group which is aiming to provide harmonisation of microbiological diagnostic procedures within veterinary laboratories in Europe.
Dorina is the Chair of the Biosecurity and infection Control Committee in the School of Veterinary Science and she co-ordinates the laboratory side of the Environmental surveillance programme which is key for detecting important nosocomial pathogens in the hospital.
Her research focuses on the surveillance and molecular epidemiology of multidrug-resistant pathogens in clinical and environmental bacteria from companion animals and veterinary hospitals, as well as rapid diagnosis of infections and rapid susceptibility testing.
Prizes or Honours
- PRECISI2016 (Romanian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research (the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding), 2016)
- Antibiotic Action Champion (British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2013)
- Visiting Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Science Iasi (University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, Iasi, Romania, 2011)
- Best Young Researcher (Romanian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research (the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding Romania), 2002)