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The goal of the research is to better understand host-microbial interactions in the context of food security. To achieve this goal, we use next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, molecular biology and experimental approaches to study environmental microbiomes and the effect on their host: Next-Generation Sequencing and the study of genomes/transcriptomes and their response to and interaction with the environment, microbiomes, transcriptomics and diversity analysis, soil-plant-microbial interactions, food pathogens and gut microbiota.

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Research Students

PhD title: Amplicon sequencing and metagenomics to study soil microbiota in rice paddy soils in the context of nutrient and toxin flow to the rice plant


Name: Hasina Afroz

First Supervisor: Caroline Meharg

Second Supervisor: Andy Meharg 

PhD title: Transcriptomics and amplicon sequencing to study soil microbiota in rice paddy soil amended with different types of fertilisers in the context of nutrient and toxin flow to the rice plant


Name: Monira Begun

First Supervisor: Caroline Meharg

Second Supervisor: Andy Meharg 

PhD title: Amplicon sequencing to study soil microbiota in rice paddy soil from different regions in the context of nutrient and toxin flow to the rice plant


Name: Jayani Ampitiyage

First Supervisor: Andy Meharg

Second Supervisor: Caroline Meharg

PhD title: Optimisation of rice cooking procedures to maximise nutritional value whilst limiting bacterial contamination with focus on Bacillus cereus type organisms


Name: Esesua Pogoson

First Supervisor: Andy Meharg

Second Supervisor: Caroline Meharg

Research students

PhD title: Transcriptomics analysis to study edaphic stress adaptations and host microbial interactions in the wild grass Holcus lanatus


Name: Dr. Ellen Young 

First Supervisor: Caroline Meharg

Second Supervisor: Andy Meharg 

PhD title: Transcriptomics to study toxin and non-toxin producing microalgae first 


Name: Fiona Nelson

First Supervisor: Caroline Meharg

Second Supervisor: Katrina Campbell 

PhD title: Genomics and transcriptomics to study Bacillus cereus type organisms isolated from rice food products


Name: Laksamee Muensritharam

First Supervisor: Caroline Meharg

Second Supervisor: Chris Elliot

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