My research work involves applying whole genome sequencing to study evolution of bacterial pathogens. I'm particularly interested in adaptive genome changes that mediate the emergence, expansion and persistence of particularly successful lineages of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and Group B Streptococcus.
Evolution of mobile genetic element composition in an epidemic methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: temporal changes correlated with frequent loss and gain events.
BMC genomics 2017;18;1;684
Evolution of the Staphylococcus argenteus ST2250 Clone in Northeastern Thailand Is Linked with the Acquisition of Livestock-Associated Staphylococcal Genes.
Pan-genomic perspective on the evolution of the Staphylococcus aureus USA300 epidemic.
Microbial genomics 2016;2;5;e000058