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Rachel Clifton

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Research Fellow


School of Life Sciences
University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Campus






Tel: +44 (0)24 765 75862





Research Profile

I am interested in the persistence of bacterial pathogens and understanding complex bacterial communities. My current research is focused on footrot in sheep, the most common cause of lameness in sheep in the UK. During my PhD I have used a combination of molecular techniques and epidemiology to challenge existing beliefs regarding reservoirs of Fusobacterium necrophorum in footrot. This included developing a novel strain typing scheme for F. necrophorum. I am committed to engaging others with my research, and have spent time discussing control of footrot with farmers, vets, students and the general public. More recently I have developed qualitative research skills, and am interested in using qualitative methods to better understand how to best implement research findings in practice.


VetMB, University of Cambridge 2010
BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge 2007

Member, British Society of Animal Science

Selected Publications

Review paper:
Clifton, R. & Green, L. E. (2016) On the treatment, control and elimination of ovine footrot: A comparative review. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 11: 053.