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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Michiel Vos

Dr Michiel Vos

Senior Lecturer in Microbiology

 M.Vos@exeter.ac.uk

 01326 259464

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 2.06

 

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


Overview

I am a senior lecturer in evolutionary microbiology at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health and the Environment and Sustainability Institute, Cornwall Campus. I combine approaches from microbiology, evolutionary ecology and population genomics. Main research foci in my lab are Horizontal Gene Transfer, the evolution of pan genomes, and the ecology of bacterial pathogens in the environment. Recent publications include:

Bartlett, A., Padfield, D., Lear, L., Bendall, R. and Vos, M., 2022. A comprehensive list of bacterial pathogens infecting humans. Microbiology, 168(12), p.001269.

Soni, V., Vos, M. and Eyre-Walker, A., 2022. A new test suggests hundreds of amino acid polymorphisms in humans are subject to balancing selection. PLoS Biology, 20(6), p.e3001645.

Winter, M., Buckling, A., Harms, K., Johnsen, P.J. and Vos, M., 2021. Antimicrobial resistance acquisition via natural transformation: context is everything. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 64, pp.133-138.

Vos, M., 2020. The evolution of bacterial pathogens in the Anthropocene. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, p.104611.

Dickinson, A.W., Power, A., Hansen, M.G., Brandt, K.K., Piliposian, G., Appleby, P., O'Neill, P.A., Jones, R.T., Sierocinski, P., Koskella, B. and Vos, M., 2019. Heavy metal pollution and co-selection for antibiotic resistance: A microbial palaeontology approach. Environment International, 132, p.105117.

Career

Professional Experience

  • current: senior lecturer at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, University of Exeter, UK
  • 2012-2017: lecturer at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, University of Exeter, UK
  • 2009-2011: postdoctoral researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • 2007-2009: postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, UK
  • 2002-2006: PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology / Eberhard               Karls University, Tübingen, Germany

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Publications

Journal articles

Vos M, Wielgoss, Didelot, Velicer, Chaudhuri, Weedall, Liu (In Press). A barrier to homologous recombination between sympatric strains of the cooperative soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. The ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology Abstract.
Lear L, Padfield D, Hesse E, Kay S, Buckling A, Vos M (In Press). Copper Reduces the Virulence of Bacterial Communities at Environmentally Relevant Concentrations.
Lear L, Hesse E, Buckling A, Vos M (In Press). Copper Selects for Siderophore-Mediated Virulence in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.
Vos M, Andreani NA (In Press). Prokaryote genome fluidity is dependent on effective population size. ISME Journal
White H, Sheppard S, Raymond B, Vos M, Pascoe B (In Press). Signatures of selection in core and accessory genomes indicate different. ecological drivers of diversification among Bacillus cereus clades. Molecular Ecology Abstract.
Vos M (2023). Accessory microbiomes. Microbiology (Reading), 169(5). Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M, Padfield D, Quince C, Vos R (2023). Adaptive radiations in natural populations of prokaryotes: innovation is key. FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 99(12). Abstract.  Author URL.
Winter M, Harms K, Johnsen P, Vos M (2023). Collection of Annotated Acinetobacter Genome Sequences. Microbiol Resour Announc, 12(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Winter M, Harms K, Johnsen PJ, Buckling A, Vos M (2023). Testing for the fitness benefits of natural transformation during community-embedded evolution. Microbiology (Reading), 169(8). Abstract.  Author URL.
Lear L, Hesse E, Newsome L, Gaze W, Buckling A, Vos M (2023). The effect of metal remediation on the virulence and antimicrobial resistance of the opportunistic pathogen <i>Pseudomonas aeruginosa</i>. Evolutionary Applications, 16(7), 1377-1389. Abstract.
Bartlett A, Padfield D, Lear L, Bendall R, Vos M (2022). A comprehensive list of bacterial pathogens infecting humans. Microbiology, 168(12).
Soni V, Vos M, Eyre-Walker A (2022). A new test suggests hundreds of amino acid polymorphisms in humans are subject to balancing selection. PLoS Biol, 20(6). Abstract.  Author URL.
Lear L, Padfield D, Dowsett T, Jones M, Kay S, Hayward A, Vos M (2022). Bacterial colonisation dynamics of household plastics in a coastal environment. Sci Total Environ, 838(Pt 4). Abstract.  Author URL.
Choufa C, Tidjani A-R, Gauthier A, Harb M, Lao J, Leblond-Bourget N, Vos M, Leblond P, Bontemps C (2022). Prevalence and mobility of integrative and conjugative elements within a Streptomyces natural population. Frontiers in Microbiology, 13
Winter M, Buckling A, Harms K, Johnsen PJ, Vos M (2021). Antimicrobial resistance acquisition via natural transformation: context is everything. Curr Opin Microbiol, 64, 133-138. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lear L, Hesse E, Buckling A, Vos M (2021). Copper selects for siderophore-mediated virulence in <i>Pseudomonas aeruginosa</i>.  Abstract.
Stefanic P, Belcijan K, Kraigher B, Kostanjšek R, Nesme J, Madsen JS, Kovac J, Sørensen SJ, Vos M, Mandic-Mulec I, et al (2021). Kin discrimination promotes horizontal gene transfer between unrelated strains in Bacillus subtilis. Nat Commun, 12(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M (2021). Myxococcus xanthus. Trends Microbiol, 29(6), 562-563. Author URL.
Ferraresso J, Lawton B, Bayliss S, Sheppard S, Cardazzo B, Gaze W, Buckling A, Vos M (2020). Determining the prevalence, identity and possible origin of bacterial pathogens in soil. Environ Microbiol, 22(12), 5327-5340. Abstract.  Author URL.
Madi N, Vos M, Murall CL, Legendre P, Shapiro BJ (2020). Does diversity beget diversity in microbiomes?. Elife, 9 Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M (2020). The evolution of bacterial pathogens in the Anthropocene. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 86, 104611-104611.
Vos M, Sibleyras L, Lo LK, Hesse E, Gaze W, Klümper U (2020). Zinc can counteract selection for ciprofloxacin resistance. FEMS Microbiol Lett, 367(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Dickinson AW, Power A, Hansen MG, Brandt KK, Piliposian G, Appleby P, O'Neill PA, Jones RT, Sierocinski P, Koskella B, et al (2019). Heavy metal pollution and co-selection for antibiotic resistance: a microbial palaeontology approach. Environment International, 132 Abstract.
Vos M, colclough A, Corander J, Sheppard S, Bayliss S (2019). Patterns of cross‐resistance and collateral sensitivity between clinical antibiotics and natural antimicrobials. Evolutionary Applications
Vos M, Buckling A, Kuijper B (2019). Sexual Selection in Bacteria?. Trends Microbiol, 27(12), 972-981. Abstract.  Author URL.
Andreani NA, Carraro L, Zhang L, Vos M, Cardazzo B (2019). Transposon mutagenesis in Pseudomonas fluorescens reveals genes involved in blue pigment production and antioxidant protection. Food Microbiology, 82, 497-503. Abstract.
Clarke A, Azulai D, Elias Dueker M, Vos M, Perron GG (2019). Triclosan alters microbial communities in freshwater microcosms. Water (Switzerland), 11(5). Abstract.
Hernandez RJ, Hesse E, Dowling AJ, Coyle NM, Feil EJ, Gaze WH, Vos M (2019). Using the wax moth larva Galleria mellonella infection model to detect emerging bacterial pathogens. PeerJ, 6
Vos M, Sibleyras L, Lo LK, Hesse E, Gaze W, Klümper U (2019). Zinc can counteract selection for ciprofloxacin resistance.  Abstract.
Zhang L (2018). Staphylococcus cornubiensis sp. nov. a member of the Staphylococcus intermedius Group (SIG). International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Vos M, Eyre-Walker A (2017). Are pangenomes adaptive or not?. Nat Microbiol, 2(12). Author URL.
Vos M, Mcleman, Buckling, Hesse, Sierocinski, Johnsen PJ, Perron GG, Huelter N (2016). No effect of natural transformation on the evolution of resistance to bacteriophages in the Acinetobacter baylyi model system. Scientific Reports
Tyc O, Song C, Dickschat JS, Vos M, Garbeva P (2016). The Ecological Role of Volatile and Soluble Secondary Metabolites Produced by Soil Bacteria. Trends in Microbiology, 25(4), 280-292. Abstract.
Koskella B, Vos M (2015). Adaptation in Natural Microbial Populations. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 46, 503-522. Abstract.
Lee J, Murray A, Bendall R, Gaze W, Zhang L, Vos M (2015). Improved detection of Staphylococcus intermedius group in a routine diagnostic laboratory. J Clin Microbiol, 53(3), 961-963. Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M, Hesselman MC, Te Beek TA, van Passel MWJ, Eyre-Walker A (2015). Rates of Lateral Gene Transfer in Prokaryotes: High but Why?. Trends Microbiol, 23(10), 598-605. Abstract.  Author URL.
Balážová T, Šedo O, Štefanic̈ P, Mandic̈-Mulec I, Vos M, Zdráhal Z (2014). Improvement in Staphylococcus and Bacillus strain differentiation by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry profiling by using microwave-assisted enzymatic digestion. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 28(17), 1855-1861. Abstract.
Wolf AB, Vos M, de Boer W, Kowalchuk GA (2013). Impact of matric potential and pore size distribution on growth dynamics of filamentous and non-filamentous soil bacteria. PLoS One, 8(12). Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M, Wolf AB, Jennings SJ, Kowalchuk GA (2013). Micro-scale determinants of bacterial diversity in soil. FEMS Microbiol Rev, 37(6), 936-954. Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M, te Beek TAH, van Driel MA, Huynen MA, Eyre-Walker A, van Passel MWJ (2013). ODoSE: a webserver for genome-wide calculation of adaptive divergence in prokaryotes. PLoS One, 8(5). Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M, Quince C, Pijl AS, de Hollander M, Kowalchuk GA (2012). A comparison of rpoB and 16S rRNA as markers in pyrosequencing studies of bacterial diversity. PLoS One, 7(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M (2011). A species concept for bacteria based on adaptive divergence. Trends Microbiol, 19(1), 1-7. Abstract.  Author URL.
Garbeva P, Tyc O, Remus-Emsermann MNP, van der Wal A, Vos M, Silby M, de Boer W (2011). No apparent costs for facultative antibiotic production by the soil bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf0-1. PLoS One, 6(11). Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M, Didelot X (2009). A comparison of homologous recombination rates in bacteria and archaea. ISME J, 3(2), 199-208. Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M, Birkett PJ, Birch E, Griffiths RI, Buckling A (2009). Local adaptation of bacteriophages to their bacterial hosts in soil. Science, 325(5942). Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M, Velicer GJ (2009). Social conflict in centimeter-and global-scale populations of the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. Curr Biol, 19(20), 1763-1767. Abstract.  Author URL.
Velicer GJ, Vos M (2009). Sociobiology of the Myxobacteria. ANNUAL REVIEW OF MICROBIOLOGY, 63, 599-623. Author URL.
Vos M (2009). Why do bacteria engage in homologous recombination?. Trends Microbiol, 17(6), 226-232. Abstract.  Author URL.
Krug D, Zurek G, Revermann O, Vos M, Velicer GJ, Müller R (2008). Discovering the hidden secondary metabolome of Myxococcus xanthus: a study of intraspecific diversity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 74(10), 3058-3068. Abstract.
Vos M, Velicer GJ (2008). Isolation by Distance in the Spore-Forming Soil Bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. Current Biology, 18(10).
Vos M, Velicer GJ (2008). Isolation by distance in the spore-forming soil bacterium <i>Myxococcus xanthus</i>. CURRENT BIOLOGY, 18(5), 386-391. Author URL.
Vos M, Velicer GJ (2008). Natural variation of gliding motility in a centimetre-scale population of Myxococcus xanthus. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 64(3), 343-350. Abstract.
Buckling A, Harrison F, Vos M, Brockhurst MA, Gardner A, West SA, Griffin A (2007). Siderophore‐mediated cooperation and virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 62, 135-141.
Harrison F, Browning LE, Vos M, Buckling A (2006). Cooperation and virulence in acute Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. BMC Biol, 4 Abstract.  Author URL.
Vos M, Velicer GJ (2006). Genetic Population Structure of the Soil Bacterium Myxococcus xanthus at the Centimeter Scale. Appl Environ Microbiol, 72, 3615-3625. Abstract.  Author URL.

Conferences

Buckling A, Harrison F, Vos M, Brockhurst MA, Gardner A, West SA, Griffin A (2007). Siderophore-mediated cooperation and virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  Abstract.  Author URL.

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Teaching

My teaching focuses on Planetary Health. I am module lead on two undergraduate Medical Science modules ('Oceans and Human Health' and 'Living with Envrionmental Change') and co-lead on the BMBS Special Study Units on Global and Planetary Health.

Modules

2023/24


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