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Dr Emma Travis

Job Title
Research Fellow
Department
Life Sciences
Research Interests

I am interested in the role of the environment in transmission of environmental pathogens, in particular mycobacteria, such as those responsible for causing tuberculosis in humans (primarily Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and animals (primarily Mycobacterium bovis). Research focuses on epidemiological studies of M. bovis in the environment in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland. As part of an international team of researchers, I have been involved in development, optimisation and validation of a molecular detection test for M. bovis in the environment. This test is being applied to investigate the efficacy of badger vaccination against M. bovis. I am also interested in the transmission dynamics of mycobacteria in Africa, looking at the role of the environment in the spread of both M. tuberculosis and M. bovis in human, domestic animal and wildlife populations. My current project aims to map environmental sources of M. bovis in farm environments to further our understanding of prevalence in the environment, possible transmission routes within and between species. This work will feed into design of farm biosecurity measures to limit potential routes of transmission of M. bovis and spread of bovine tuberculosis.

I also have an interest in metagenomics and have previously co-ordinated a network of UK researchers interested in the exploitation of metagenomics and meta-omics approaches in life science research (Community network in metagenomics, ComMet)

Other professional interests include synthetic biology, bioremediation and phytoremediation and the development and implementation in C of mathematical models to simulate mutator densities, under both spatially and temporally variable environmental conditions.

Title Funder Award start Award end
Community Network in metagenomics: The exploitation of metagenomics and meta-omics approaches in life science research BBSRC 01 Feb 2014 31 May 2017
Optimisation of sampling strategies for improving sensitivity of M. bovis detection by PCR (SE3280) - (Extension to RLFEW3011) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 19 Aug 2014 18 Oct 2014
Proposed extension to RLFEW3011 (30437)Optimisation of sampling strategies for improving sensitivity of M. bovis detection by PCR Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 12 Nov 2013 11 Feb 2014


Research Themes:

Environmental Bioscience