‘Population genomics to understand pathogen evolution: when and why commensal skin bacteria (Staphylococcus epidermidis) go bad’

Samuel Sheppard
The Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 11:00am
Ramsay Wright Building, Room 432
Some of the most common infectious diseases are caused by bacteria that naturally colonise humans asymptomatically. Combating these opportunistic pathogens requires an understanding of the traits that differentiate infecting strains from harmless relatives. Staphylococcus epidermidis is carried asymptomatically on the skin and mucous membranes of virtually all humans but is a major cause of nosocomial infection associated with invasive procedures. I will discuss the underlying evolutionary mechanisms of opportunistic pathogenicity by combining pangenome-wide association studies and laboratory microbiology to compare S. epidermidis from bloodstream and wound infections and asymptomatic carriage.
Amir Arellano
Dept of Cell and Systems Biology