My PhD research focuses on developing a rapid diagnostic technique using the PromethION, a sequencing device which was released by Oxford Nanopore Technologies last year. My research will have an emphasis on respiratory tract infections acquired from the intensive care unit (ICU).
Currently the diagnosis of pneumonia acquired from the ICU is culture-dependent which is laborious and results are only available after 48-72 hours. Until then patients are treated with antibiotics empirically. This inappropriate use of antibiotics has led to the increase of antibiotic-resistance.
Therefore, using the PromethION, my supervisory team and I aim to develop a rapid analysis of clinical samples which could possibly replace the current diagnostic methods of respiratory tract infections.
Prior to starting my research at the UEA, I completed my BSc in Microbiology at the University of Leicester and an MSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology at Imperial College London.