Dr Victoria Carr

Principal Bioinformatician

Dr Victoria Carr is a Principal Bioinformatician researching the carriage of pathogens in the oral and respiratory microbiome, and developing software and pathogen genomic surveillance services for public health and epidemiology


Dr Victoria Carr is a Principal Bioinformatician in the Bentley Group at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and is Advisor to the Bioinformatics Pipelines and Visualisation PHA4GE Working Group. She is a technical expert in genomic data, including data analysis, software development and building bioinformatic pipelines. She is a proponent of robust research practices and building valuable services to generate impactful insights and training in public health and epidemiology.

Her research interests are in the oral and respiratory microbiome, pathogen carriage, and how antimicrobial resistance is acquired by pathogens in the microbiota through horizontal gene transfer, particularly via transposable elements. Her work to date includes resistome and mobilome profiling of the gastrointestinal tract, and more recently, the Insertion Sequence Catalogue, the first database of insertion sequences from the microbiome.

Key Research Interests:

  • carriage of pathogens in the microbiome
  • respiratory and saliva microbiome
  • whole metagenomics
  • deep sequencing of mixed microbial communities
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • mobile genetic elements
  • Nanopore and Illumina technologies

Key Product Development:

  • Scrum Product Owner for data tracking and sharing service for the global surveillance of Streptococcus agalactiae (part of the JUNO project)
  • Nextflow pipelines
  • Bioinformatics software (Python/C++)
  • Bioinformatics training for the Bentley group and global partners

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