He was a PhD student at Liverpool University, graduating in 2006. My PhD studies involved the investigation of enteric bacterial organisms and antimicrobial resistance which can be transmissible to human beings, causing infections and clinical complications. That had involved a great deal of diagnostic microbiology and genetic characterisation (mainly by PCR and PFGE), combined with epidemiological and risk factors analysis. The range of techniques meant that he had to work closely with people from a range of disciplines – human and veterinary microbiology, epidemiology and veterinary clinicians, as well as dealing with animal owners – which he managed well, demonstrating good communication and team-working skills.
His current and recent interests have followed the previous range of disciplines and involved studying range of zoonotic and infectious agents, and understand the dynamic of antimicrobial resistance of national and regional importance.