Welcome to the Medical Microbiology
and Infectious Disease group

Professor Samuel K. Sheppard
College of Medicine
Swansea University
Our research centres on the use of genetics/genomics and phenotypic studies to address complex questions in the ecology, epidemiology and evolution of microbes. Our most recent interest focuses upon comparative genome analysis to describe the core and flexible genome of pathogenic bacteria (Campylobacter, Staphylococcus, Helicobacter and Escherichia coli) and how this is related to population genetic structuring, the maintenance of species, and the evolution of host/niche adaptation and virulence.

Latest news

  • Call for Early Career Researchers to attend a workshop on Next Generation Sequencing in Brazil (2015) - more information
  • We are now looking for a PhD student in Immunology and Evolutionary Microbial Genomics - apply here - Naturejobs - University
  • Dec. 2014 + Jan. 2015: Our research on Campylobacter infecting grey seals has been relayed by various news media - read more here
  • 18 Dec. 2014: Our laboratory has recently been promoting research links with Chiang Mai University in Thailand - read more here
  • 15 & 17 Nov. 2014: Two collaborative papers involving our lab have just been published in Molecular Ecology and Genome Medicine.
  • 12 Nov. 2014: BBSRC has also funded a project about broiler health and Campylobacter from our lab - read more here
  • 7 Nov. 2014: In collaboration with Swedish partners, our lab was recently awarded funding for Campylobacter research in wild birds by FORMAS (Swedish Government) - read more here
  • £8.5m MRC award to a consortium led by our laboratory in Swansea and Warwick to develop high-performance computing in bacterial genomics (BBC Wales) (official press release) (The Lancet news article)