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Gemma Hill

 Gemma Hill


School of Life Sciences
University of Warwick




Research Interests

Antibiotic resistance presents one of the most challenging threats to human health of the 21st century. Not only increasingly prevalent in the clinic, the rise of antibiotic resistance in the environment is becoming ever more apparent with many studies highlighting specifically river systems as significant reservoirs of resistance. My research is primarily focussed on the impact of agriculture and wastewater treatment plants on river systems. qPCR, culture-based techniques and 16S targeted amplicon metagenomics have been used to evaluate and monitor levels of antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes (ARG) in river water and sediment to determine which factors are more influential in determining prevalence and abundance. Alongside this, I have also carried out work characterising strains of antibiotic resistant Enterobacteriaceae isolates from river sediment using whole genome sequencing to elucidate full ARG profiles for potentially pathogenic strains found within UK river systems.