Dr Anne Leonard
Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology
Dr Anne Leonard is a lecturer of environmental microbiology. She conducts interdisciplinary research to understand microorganism transmission, especially antimicrobial resistant bacteria, in natural environments. Her research has been cited by UK National Action Plan to tackle AMR (2019-2024), and the World Health Organization guidelines on recreational water quality (2021).
Dr Aimee Murray
Lecturer of Microbiology
Dr Aimee Murray is a Lecturer of Microbiology working on the evolution and ecology of antimicrobial resistance, particularly in the environment. Her research on minimal selective concentrations of antibiotics is of interest to policy makers and industry and has been cited by organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Environment Programme. Through these stakeholder collaborations, Aimee aims to apply her research to affect real world changes that will improve human and environmental health.
Professor Will Gaze
Professor of Microbiology
Professor Will Gaze has s ~20 years research experience of AMR research in natural environments. Current activity within the Medical School AMR group (~25 researchers, >£6 mn in current and recent AMR funding) covers fundamental issues of AMR evolution in the environment using in situ and in vivo experiments, landscape scale dissemination of AMR and human exposure and transmission studies. He has been invited to speak on AMR on 5 continents in recent years and has advised UK and overseas governments, UNEP/WHO, European Environment Agency, UK Environment Agency and Defra.
Dr Emma Pitchforth
Senior Lecturer & Senior Research Fellow in Primary Care
Dr Emma Pitchforth joined the University of Exeter and the Primary Care Research Group in 2017. Prior to this she had been Associate Research Group Director at RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research organisation. Previous appointments include Lecturer in Social Science Applied to Health at the University of Leicester and Jamsetji Tata Senior Research Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research interests include: Antimicrobial resistance - Sexual and reproductive health - Primary care: health systems and policy.
Dr Dhara Malavia
Post-doctoral research scientist
Dr Dhara Malavia is a postdoctoral research scientist working in the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology. Her work is focused on a studying the physiology of major opportunistic fungal pathogens like Candida albicans and Candida auris to identify new drug targets and combat drug resistance.
Jonathan Warren (Environment Agency)
Jono Warren has worked at the Environment Agency, the agency responsible for bathing water quality monitoring in England, for 6 years. He is currently piloting a monitoring scheme for antimicrobial resistance in the environment, considering practical and scientific implementation of environmental AMR surveillance as part of standard activities.
Dr Michiel Vos
Dr Michiel Vos is a Senior Lecturer studying horizontal gene transfer in bacteria and the ecology and evolution of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in the environment. He teaches multiple modules on Planetary Health.
April Hayes is a PhD student investigating the effects of non-antibiotic drugs on bacterial communities, with a focus on the evolution of antimicrobial resistance. Her supervisors include Dr Aimee Murray, Professor William Gaze, and Professor Jason Snape (AstraZeneca). Her work aims to inform on water policy and regulation to help mitigate the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Emily Stevenson is a PhD student investigating microplastics as vectors for antimicrobial resistance in aquatic systems, under the supervision of Dr Aimee Murray and Professor Angus Buckling at the University of Exeter, and Professor Pennie Lindeque and Dr Matthew Cole at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Emily’s research aims to investigate whether microplastics are important platforms for the growth, enrichment and dissemination of AMR biofilms, and whether there are associated ecological implications of microplastics, antimicrobials and AMR on the gut microbiota of marine organisms
Laura Murray is a PhD student funded by the BBSRC and AstraZeneca. Before joining Exeter, she completed a BSc (Hons) Biology. She then worked on AMR monitoring at the Animal and Plant Health Agency. Her current research focuses on environmental AMR, looking at agricultural plant protection products and their potential co-selective properties.
Cara Patel is a PhD student working on the impacts predicted by future climate change on environmental antimicrobial resistance. The aim of this research is to quantify the impact increased temperature and rainfall have on abundance and diversity of resistance genes, with the plan of predicting future exposure risk to humans.