Dr Lisa Williams
Research Officer
Swansea University Medical School
Telephone: (01792) 606066
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My main research is focused on the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter spp. I have built up a body of work on this pathogen which includes detection, isolation and confirmation from naturally contaminated samples, detection of antibiotic resistance and molecular characterisation using conventional PCR, quantitative real time PCR, pulsed field gel electrophoresis, denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, flaA short variable region sequencing and multi locus sequence typing. More recently I have been using Whole Genome Sequencing to detect difference in strains that colonise the gut and/or liver of chickens.   I also have many years’ experience of chicken infection studies. I have used in-vitro and in-vivo to examine the immunological response of chickens to a challenge with Campylobacter, the effect of diet on the carriage of Campylobacter spp., co-infection with other bacterial pathogens and feed and water interventions to reduce Campylobacter spp. colonisation.

I have previously supervised BSc and MSc project students and been an advisor to PhD students. I am a peer-reviewer for several high impact journals.

Teaching

  • PM-004 Fundamentals of Microbiology & Disease

    This module will provide the student with an overview of the fundamentals of microbiology, its causative role in human disease and the intervention of antimicrobials and antibiotics. The role of immunity and its role in human defence against disease will also be introduced in this module, and how this may be modulated in response to pathogens. Lectures will be accompanied by a practical session in microbiological techniques and an essay with academic support. Mae'r modiwl yma yn rhoi trosolwg i fyfyrwyr o hanfodion mewn microbioleg, ei rôl achosol mewn afiechydon dynol ac ymyrraeth gwrthficrobaidd a gwrthfiotig. Caiff rôl imiwnedd a'i rôl mewn amddiffyn dyn yn erbyn afiechydon, a sut mae'n addasu mewn ymateb i bathogenau ei gyflwyno hefyd yn y modiwl yma. Caiff y darlithoedd eu cyfeilio gan sesiynau ymarferol mewn technegau microbiolegol a traethawd efo cefnogaeth academaidd.

  • PM-132 Eukaryotic Cell Biology

    This module will provide a broad introduction to fundamental concepts in Eukaryotic cell biology investigating the origins of the cell, cell structure and specialised cells and cells in disease. There will be a general focus on human cells throughout with reference to other organisms when needed. Students will gain practical experience in identification, differentiation of cells from different human and animal species.

  • PM-132C Bioleg Celloedd Ewcaryotig

    Bydd y modiwl hwn yn darparu cyflwyniad bras i gysyniadau sylfaenol ym maes bioleg celloedd Ewcaryotig, gan ymchwilio i darddiad y gell, strwythur y gell a chelloedd arbenigol a chelloedd mewn clefyd. Bydd ffocws cyffredinol ar gelloedd dynol drwy gydol y modiwl, gan gyfeirio at organebau eraill yn ôl yr angen. Bydd myfyrwyr yn cael profiad ymarferol o nodi celloedd, gwahaniaethu rhwng gwahanol gelloedd dynol a rhywogaethau o anifeiliaid.

  • PM-304 Biomolecular Research Project

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