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University of Exeter Medical School

 April Hayes

April Hayes

PhD student

 Environment and Sustainability Institute Desk 139, Room 1.14


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


April is a PhD student investigating the effects of non-antibiotic drugs on bacterial communities, with a focus on the evolution of antimicrobial resistance. She is based at the ECEHH laboratories at the University of Exeter Penryn campus. She is supervised by Dr Aimee Murray, Professor Will Gaze, and Dr Lihong Zhang from the ECEHH, alongside supervisors Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern and Professor Ed Feil from the University of Bath. April’s project is co-funded by Astra-Zeneca, and is supervised by Professor Jason Snape.

Before joining the Centre in September 2019, she graduated for an MSc in Microbiology at the University of Liverpool. For her Master’s dissertation project she investigated the ability of neutrophils to kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains from a range of backgrounds. This aimed to help inform future directions for research focused on Cystic Fibrosis.

Before this, April graduated with a BSc in Biomedicine from Lancaster University in 2017, where for her third year project, she identified and characterised unknown bacterial species and their antibiotic resistance profiles.


BSc Biomedicine (Hons), 2:1, Lancaster University

MSc Advanced Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Distinction, University of Liverpool


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Research interests

Antimicrobial resistance 

Ecology and evolution of bacterial communities

Pharmaceutical pollution

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Journal articles

Hayes A, May Murray L, Catherine Stanton I, Zhang L, Snape J, Hugo Gaze W, Kaye Murray A (2022). Predicting selection for antimicrobial resistance in UK wastewater and aquatic environments: Ciprofloxacin poses a significant risk. Environ Int, 169 Abstract.  Author URL.

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