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Professor Xavier Didelot

Job Title
Professor
Department
Life Sciences
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Research Interests

My research is concerned with understanding the way bacterial pathogens evolve, spread and cause disease. I have analysed both epidemiological and genomic data from a wide range of bacteria. A key aim is to develop new bioinformatics and statistical methods that can handle the very large amounts of data made available by novel high-throughput sequencing techniques.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of my work, I have broad interests in a variety of subjects, including theoretical topics such as mathematical population genetics, Bayesian statistics or Monte-Carlo methods, and biological topics such as bacterial evolutionary processes or pathogen epidemiology.

I have worked on a wide range of bacterial pathogens, especially those causing healthcare associated infections (eg Clostridium difficile and Staphylococcus aureus ) and gastrointestinal infections (eg Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus, Campylobacter jejuni and Helicobacter pylori).

I share my time equally between the School of Life Sciences and the Department of Statistics. I am also a member of the Zeeman Institute for Systems Biology & Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research (SBIDER).

Biography

2007: Doctorate in Statistical Genetics, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford
2007: Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Statistics, University of Warwick
2010: Leadership fellow in genomic microbiology, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford
2012: Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Imperial College London
2018: Professor of statistical epidemiology and genomics, School of Life Sciences and Department of Statistics, University of Warwick

  • Robinson, Esther R., Didelot, Xavier, Hood, Derek, Crook, Derrick, 2013. Comparative phylogenetics of ICEHin1056 family reveals deep evolutionary associations of mobile genetic elements responsible for transfer of antibiotic resistance genes. Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training, Published in The Lancet
  • Kennemann, L., Didelot, Xavier, Drescher, B., Kuhn, S., Olbermann, P., Falush, Daniel, Droege, M., Josenhans, C., Suerbaum, Sebastian, 2008. Genome plasticity during chronic infection with H-pylori. 60th Annual Meeting of the Deutschen-Gesellschaft-fur-Hygiene-und-Mikrobiologie, Dresden, Germany, Sep 21-24, 2008, Published in International Journal of Medical Microbiology, pp. 26-26
  • Moccia, C., Kulick, S., Didelot, Xavier, Ellrott, K., Kraft, C., Suerbaum, Sebastian, 2008. The role of Helicobacter pylori ruvA, ruvB and ruvC genes in homologous recombination and mutation. 60th Annual Meeting of the Deutschen-Gesellschaft-fur-Hygiene-und-Mikrobiologie, Dresden, Germany, Sep 21-24, 2008, Published in International Journal of Medical Microbiology, pp. 29-29


Research Theme:

Biomedical Science