Dr Lisa Williams
Research Officer
Telephone: (01792) 606066
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Room: Academic Office - 140
First Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus

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.


  1. Humphrey, T., Wilkinson, T., Cody, A., Colles, F., Jolley, K., Maiden, M., Wren, B., Pearson, B., Linton, D., Stevens, M., Parkhill, J., Kelly, D., Vliet, A., Strachan, N., Cogan, T., Fearnley, C., Everest, P., Forbes, K., Vidal, A., Allan, E., Chintoan-Uta, C., Lopes, B., Shaw, S., Ryder, J., Dyer, M., Hitchings, M., Méric, G., Calland, J., Williams, L., Pascoe, B., Pachebat, J., Sheppard, S. Domestication of Campylobacter jejuni NCTC 11168 Microbial Genomics 5 7
  2. Sandilands, V., Whyte, F., Williams, L., Wilkinson, T., Sparks, N., Humphrey, T., Wilkinson, T., Williams, L. Reliably colonising broiler chickens with Campylobacter spp. using a litter-based method British Poultry Science 1 5
  3. John, D., Williams, L., Kanamarlapudi, V., Humphrey, T., Wilkinson, T. The Bacterial Species Campylobacter jejuni Induce Diverse Innate Immune Responses in Human and Avian Intestinal Epithelial Cells Frontiers in Microbiology 8
  4. Williams, L. Campylobacter spp. and Related Organisms in Poultry (Ed.), Cham Springer International Publishing
  5. Ilktac, M., Ongen, B., Humphrey, T., Williams, L. Molecular and phenotypical investigation of ciprofloxacin resistance among Campylobacter jejuni strains of human origin: high prevalence of resistance in Turkey APMIS 128 1 41 47


  • 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-120 Skills for Geneticists I

    This module is designed to develop the skills required for students of genetics and medical genetics. Students will meet with tutors and be given a series of assignments designed to develop skills in key areas such as essay writing, presentations and general numeracy. Joint sessions will cover generic skills such as internet searching for scientific sources, referencing and plagiarism.

  • 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-347 Human Immunopathology

    The module aims to provide students with a greater understanding of the human immune system and the causes of a range of diseases associated with immune dysfunction including autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders and neurological conditions.

  • PMGM18 Critical Literature Review

    This module will allow students to carry out a critical and in-depth evaluation of previous research based on a specific subject related to genomics