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 & mycobacteria

After completion of a DipHE in Biomedical Science at the University of Wolverhampton in 2003 he attained an MSc (Merit) in Medical Microbiology at the University of Surrey in 2008 with a research project entitled “Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Screening across the Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex” working under the guidance and supervision of Prof Steve Gordon and Prof Graham Stewart.




Chris's doctoral research aimed to elucidate specific roles of mycobacterial lipid molecules in the interaction between the aetiologic agent of bovine tuberculosis and it’s bovine host.


Working in the lab of Prof Martin Vordermeier and studying under the academic supervision of Prof Gurdyal Besra at the University of Birmingham, Chris had a strong and flexible supervisory team, something which he aims to emulate in his own work.


During this time, Chris also worked on the development of differential diagnostic tests for bovine tuberculosis, the discovery of novel mycobacterial antigens for DIVA tests and new vaccine strategies and the administration of a national testing and surveillance programme.