Dr Evangelos Mourkas
My research focuses on bacterial genomics, with a particular emphasis on infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. My current research focuses on investigating complex disease transmission networks and antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries in Africa (The Gambia, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin) and Peru. I work mainly on Campylobacter jejuni, one of the most common causes of diarrhoeal diseases in the world. My work has focused on host ecology, adaptation and antimicrobial resistance in Campylobacter lineages, sampled of various sources, using genomics and phenotypic techniques. I am interested in the drivers of carriage and transmission and how this can inform preventative strategies in LMICs. I am also part of on-going studies on various human pathogenic bacteria, working with academics, clinicians, veterinarians, and various other collaborators globally. I also collaborate with Prof Chris Bayliss at University of Leicester, investigating the genotypic and phenotypic characteristics of Neisseria meningitidis to understand how this pathogen transits from asymptomatic carriage to cause invasive disease. I am also leading a project, funded by INTERACT, which investigates the presence of antimicrobial resistance in wild bird populations in in the Arctic region.