Genomic Epidemiology & Antimicrobial Resistant Microbes

Antibiotic resistance is a major public health concern worldwide.
Current specific research includes:

1. Understanding how the widespread usage of azithromycin for the treatment of diarrhoea in children will impact the emergence of resistance in pathogenic bacteria colonising their gut and nasopharynx

2. Establishing the origin of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in the built environment at Queen Elizabeth central hospital and defining how these bacteria move from the environment to cause hospital acquired infections in patients

3. Documenting how malaria and pneumococcal vaccines will impact antimicrobial resistance rates in the population in Malawi

This work will guide strategies to control the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistant in bacteria of importance to human health in Malawi and the wider region.