Ewan Harrison (United Kingdom)

I am Health Data Research (HDR) UK - Career Development Fellow attached to the Anderson Group, and an Honorary Fellow in the Dept. of Public Health and Primary and Dept. of Medicine at the University of Cambridge.  I completed my PhD in 2010 on the genomics and pathogenesis of the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. My post-doctoral work at the University of Cambridge focused on the analysis of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) populations in animals and humans and tracking the transmission of MRSA in healthcare facilities using both computational and laboratory-based approaches. My current research focuses on the biology of S. aureus. In particular, I am interested in the biological basis of persistent nasal colonisation. To do this I am combining large cohort-based studies, microbiome sequencing, conventional microbiology and electronic health record data. I am also interested in understanding mechanisms of beta-lactam resistance in S. aureus. Outside science, I enjoy cooking and eating, and counterbalancing the effects of this, by cycling and running.