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Spring 2018: Michael Bottery

Michael is a post-doctoral research associate at the University of York interested in evolutionary microbiology. At the JAM talks he presented recent work from his PhD demonstrating that co-evolution following the acquisition of a resistance plasmid can led to high level, low-cost antibiotic resistance in Escherichia coli. However, adaptation can also cause co-dependency between the plasmid and host that may limit the onward spread of co-adapted plasmids to other lineages.

As the winner of JAM talks in 2018, he was invited to present her work at the 5th Midlands Molecular Microbiology Meeting (M4) in Warwick in September 2018.



2017: Vera Pader

Vera is a PhD student in Dr. Andrew Edward’s laboratory at Imperial College London. Her project focuses on the link between antibiotic resistance and virulence in Staphylococcus aureus, a major pathogen of humans and animals. During her PhD, she discovered that S. aureus can inactivate daptomycin by releasing membrane phospholipids, which act as decoys for the antibiotic, and that this contributes to treatment failure.

As the winner of JAM talks 2017, Vera was invited to present her work at the 5th Molecular Microbiology Meeting and 4th Midlands Molecular Microbiology Meeting (M4) in Birmingham in September 2017.