Dr Trevor Lawley

Trevor's research investigates the mechanisms that underlie how micro-organisms on mucosal surfaces (gut, nasopharnyx, uro-gential tract) interact with their host during periods of health and disease. In particular he seeks to develop novel ways to treat diseases that are associated with unwanted imbalances in the micro-organism communities.

Trevor uses high-throughput genome sequencing to investigate the microbial communities contained on and within host organisms that are associated with health and disease. He uses clinical samples and mouse models to identify the pathogen and host factors that are linked to disease and infectivity.

Trevor obtained his PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada, where he studied the mechanisms that pathogenic bacteria use to disseminate antibiotic resistance genes. Dr Diane Taylor and Dr Laura Frost were his supervisors. His PhD thesis culminated in 2004 with him receiving the 'Gold Award' (Graduate Student of the Year) from the Canadian Society of Microbiologists.

After his PhD Trevor was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research post-doctoral fellowship to work in the Laboratory of Professor Stanley Falkow and Dr Denise Monack at Stanford University, USA, where he studied the impact of antibiotic treatment on Salmonella disease and transmission. In 2007 Trevor received a Royal Society of London Award - sponsored by Professor Gordon Dougan - to start a research programme on Clostridium difficile disease and transmission within the Microbial Pathogenesis group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

In 2010, Trevor was appointed as a Career Development Fellow in the Sanger Institute Faculty and was promoted to Group Leader in 2014. He receives funding from the Medical Research Council.

Selected Publications

  • Epithelial IL-22RA1-mediated fucosylation promotes intestinal colonization resistance to an opportunistic pathogen.

    Pham TA, Clare S, Goulding D, Arasteh JM, Stares MD, Browne HP, Keane JA, Page AJ, Kumasaka N, Kane L, Mottram L, Harcourt K, Hale C, Arends MJ, Gaffney DJ, Sanger Mouse Genetics Project, Dougan G and Lawley TD

    Cell host & microbe 2014;16;4;504-16

  • Neutrophils recruited by IL-22 in peripheral tissues function as TRAIL-dependent antiviral effectors against MCMV.

    Stacey MA, Marsden M, Pham N TA, Clare S, Dolton G, Stack G, Jones E, Klenerman P, Gallimore AM, Taylor PR, Snelgrove RJ, Lawley TD, Dougan G, Benedict CA, Jones SA, Wilkinson GW and Humphreys IR

    Cell host & microbe 2014;15;4;471-83

  • Emerging insights on intestinal dysbiosis during bacterial infections.

    Pham TA and Lawley TD

    Current opinion in microbiology 2014;17;67-74

  • Functional genomics reveals that Clostridium difficile Spo0A coordinates sporulation, virulence and metabolism.

    Pettit LJ, Browne HP, Yu L, Smits WK, Fagan RP, Barquist L, Martin MJ, Goulding D, Duncan SH, Flint HJ, Dougan G, Choudhary JS and Lawley TD

    BMC genomics 2014;15;160

  • Bacteriotherapy for the treatment of intestinal dysbiosis caused by Clostridium difficile infection.

    Adamu BO and Lawley TD

    Current opinion in microbiology 2013;16;5;596-601

  • Emergence and global spread of epidemic healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile.

    He M, Miyajima F, Roberts P, Ellison L, Pickard DJ, Martin MJ, Connor TR, Harris SR, Fairley D, Bamford KB, D'Arc S, Brazier J, Brown D, Coia JE, Douce G, Gerding D, Kim HJ, Koh TH, Kato H, Senoh M, Louie T, Michell S, Butt E, Peacock SJ, Brown NM, Riley T, Songer G, Wilcox M, Pirmohamed M, Kuijper E, Hawkey P, Wren BW, Dougan G, Parkhill J and Lawley TD

    Nature genetics 2013;45;1;109-13

  • Intestinal colonization resistance.

    Lawley TD and Walker AW

    Immunology 2013;138;1;1-11

  • The Clostridium difficile spo0A gene is a persistence and transmission factor.

    Deakin LJ, Clare S, Fagan RP, Dawson LF, Pickard DJ, West MR, Wren BW, Fairweather NF, Dougan G and Lawley TD

    Infection and immunity 2012;80;8;2704-11

  • Targeted restoration of the intestinal microbiota with a simple, defined bacteriotherapy resolves relapsing Clostridium difficile disease in mice.

    Lawley TD, Clare S, Walker AW, Stares MD, Connor TR, Raisen C, Goulding D, Rad R, Schreiber F, Brandt C, Deakin LJ, Pickard DJ, Duncan SH, Flint HJ, Clark TG, Parkhill J and Dougan G

    PLoS pathogens 2012;8;10;e1002995

  • Evolutionary dynamics of Clostridium difficile over short and long time scales.

    He M, Sebaihia M, Lawley TD, Stabler RA, Dawson LF, Martin MJ, Holt KE, Seth-Smith HM, Quail MA, Rance R, Brooks K, Churcher C, Harris D, Bentley SD, Burrows C, Clark L, Corton C, Murray V, Rose G, Thurston S, van Tonder A, Walker D, Wren BW, Dougan G and Parkhill J

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2010;107;16;7527-32

  • Antibiotic treatment of clostridium difficile carrier mice triggers a supershedder state, spore-mediated transmission, and severe disease in immunocompromised hosts.

    Lawley TD, Clare S, Walker AW, Goulding D, Stabler RA, Croucher N, Mastroeni P, Scott P, Raisen C, Mottram L, Fairweather NF, Wren BW, Parkhill J and Dougan G

    Infection and immunity 2009;77;9;3661-9

  • Proteomic and genomic characterization of highly infectious Clostridium difficile 630 spores.

    Lawley TD, Croucher NJ, Yu L, Clare S, Sebaihia M, Goulding D, Pickard DJ, Parkhill J, Choudhary J and Dougan G

    Journal of bacteriology 2009;191;17;5377-86

  • Comparative genome and phenotypic analysis of Clostridium difficile 027 strains provides insight into the evolution of a hypervirulent bacterium.

    Stabler RA, He M, Dawson L, Martin M, Valiente E, Corton C, Lawley TD, Sebaihia M, Quail MA, Rose G, Gerding DN, Gibert M, Popoff MR, Parkhill J, Dougan G and Wren BW

    Genome biology 2009;10;9;R102

  • Host transmission of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is controlled by virulence factors and indigenous intestinal microbiota.

    Lawley TD, Bouley DM, Hoy YE, Gerke C, Relman DA and Monack DM

    Infection and immunity 2008;76;1;403-16

  • Genome-wide screen for Salmonella genes required for long-term systemic infection of the mouse.

    Lawley TD, Chan K, Thompson LJ, Kim CC, Govoni GR and Monack DM

    PLoS pathogens 2006;2;2;e11

[Genome Research Limited]

Trevor's Project
Host-microbiota interactions
Research Area
Pathogen genetics
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