Project: Adaptation of enteroaggregative E. coli to the human gut
Supervisor: Dr Stephanie Schuller
I always wanted to utilise my love of science in a way that helped improve human health. Preferring to learn about the cellular and molecular biology of the body rather than how to treat it, I chose to study Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia. Over the course of the degree I developed a particular interest in pathogens, which led to my decision to stay on for an MSc in Molecular Medicine. This gave me the opportunity to perform a research project in pathogenic cell biology, investigating how to inhibit growth of the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei. I enjoyed this experience greatly, and it confirmed my desire to pursue a PhD in a similar field.
As I had already had a happy time studying in Norwich, I was naturally keen to join the world renowned scientific community at the NRP. This project is an ideal match for my pathogen interests, involving the use of a simulated intestinal environment model to identify important adherence and virulence factors in enteroaggregative E. coli. I am particularly excited to have the opportunity to work with a strain isolated from the major German 2011 outbreak.
The international reputation of the IFR for cutting edge research into gut health, combined with the attractiveness of a friendly city like Norwich, makes it an ideal place to live and study.