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Kate Bamford

About Me

I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2015 with a First class degree in Microbiology and Virology. I am particually interested in politics and Government policy, especally in the agricultural sector. I went to study the Graduate Dipomla in Law in Birmingham with this in mind, gaining a distinction. While completing this I was offered the exciting oppotunity to study a PhD, and so returned to Warwick in October 2016.

I joined the MIBTP (Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership) as an iCASE student, funded by BBSRC and AHDB Beef and Lamb. After 9 months of training, including courses in R programming, statistics, and bioinformatics, I started my project at Warwick.

Research Project

I am supervised by Professor Laura Green and Dr. Kevin Purdy, and my project is entited:

Persistence and transmission of intramammary pathogens causing acute mastitis: the role of chronic intramammary abscesses

Mastitis is an inflammation of the mammary gland typically caused by bacterial infection. It is an endemic disease in the UK, affecting up to 7% of ewes each year. Ewe health is affected by pain, loss of udder function, premature culling and sudden death, while lamb growth rates are affected by the reduction in milk yield. Mastitis has farm sustainability as well as welfare and health implications, with costs to the UK sheep industry estimated in excess of £120 million/annum.

For more information about my project, visit my project page.

Main extracurricular activities and achievements

September 2019 – present

Society of Applied Microbiology Early Careers committee member: Policy officer

June 2019

Three minute thesis finalist

May - August 2019

UKRI Policy Internship at Defra, London

December 2019

Associate fellow in higher education

May 2018 

iSAGE Summer School Delegate and Grant winner

August - November 2018

Redrafting the SHAWG (Sheep Health and Welfare Group) report

January 2020 AHDB annual research conference Nottingham Oral presention
November 2019 Sheep Breeders Round Table meeting Nottingham Poster
September 2019 International meeting of Microbial Epidemiological Markers Dubrovnik, Croatia Poster
March 2019 Society for Applied Microbiology Early Career symposium Manchester Oral (runner up)
November 2018 Sheep Health and Welfare Group conference Drayton Invited delegate
November 2018 AHDB annual research conference Solihull Poster
October 2018 MedVet Pathogens Prato, Italy Poster and 5 minute presentation
May 2018 EU project: Innovation in Sheep and Goat Production (iSAGE) Summer School Zaragoza, Spain Delegate and Grant winner
March 2018 Society of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine Tallinn, Estonia Poster
November 2017 AHDB annual research conference Stratford upon-avon Poster
April 2017 MIBTP Poster session Leicester Poster
November 2016 AHDB annual research conference Stratford upon-avon Oral presentation

March 2019

Science research and parliament

December 2019

Decision making and leadership

June 2019 

 3 Minute Thesis presentation training

April 2019 

 Science Communication

January 2019 

 Nvivo working with data

December 2018 

 APP PGR: Associate fellowship in higher education teaching

December 2018 

 Generalised linear models in R

January 2018 

 Longitudinal data analysis

June 2017 

 Teamwork in a research environment

October 2016 

 Data Analysis in Life Sciences

October 2016 

 Advanced biostatistics

October 2016 

 Programming in R

Outreach and Teaching

March 2020

Slice of Science Warwick outreach event: session leader

Academic year 2018/19 

MIBTP advanced biostatistics, 3rd year environmental biology, 1st year microbiology, 1st year biostatistics, QuBiC (quantitative biology centre) mentor, 2nd year epidemiology (Teaching and marking)

June 2017/8/9 

 OCR GCSE Biology Examiner

June 2019

 Evidence Week in Parliament: Meeting with Matt Western MP & SfAM

March 2019

 "My career in the life sciences" talk to secondary school pupils

Academic year 2018/19 

MIBTP advanced biostatistics, 3rd year clinical microbiology, 1st year intro labs, 1st year microbiology, Science 101 session lead, 1st year biostatistics, QuBiC (quantitative biology centre) mentor, 2nd year epidemiology, 1st year physiology (Teaching and marking)

Academic year 2017/18

MIBTP advanced biostatistics, 3rd year clinical microbiology, Science 101 session lead (Teaching and marking)

September 2017

 New Scientist Live stand coordinator

Kate Bamford

Kate Bamford

k dot e dot bamford at warwick dot ac dot uk

School of Life Sciences
University of Warwick

My Project Page

Green Group Research Page