Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Boltons Park

Melanie is a postdoctoral scientist in the UKRI GCRF One Health Poultry Hub using metagenomics to trace pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in poultry distribution networks in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka.

Melanie graduated with a BA from Rhodes University, South Africa in 2006, majoring in English Literature and Psychology, with minors in Sociology and Politics. In 2007, she moved to the University of Cape Town and completed a BSc in Human Physiology and Genetics in 2009. In 2010, she completed a BSc (Med) (Hons) in Medical Microbiology within the Health Sciences Faculty at UCT, looking at how upregulated NDRG1 in oesophageal cancer may act as an oncogene by promoting angiogenesis. After switching fields again in 2011, she completed an MSc (Med) at the MRC/ UCT Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Institute in early 2013, looking at how polymorphisms in collagen genes predispose to musculoskeletal injury. She took a brief break from academia and worked for Siyavula Education, publishing open-education textbooks in Biology and Natural Sciences for High School and Primary School learners, followed by time as an Education Technologist, contributing exercises to an online learning platform. In 2016, she joined Aberystwyth University as a PhD fellow in the EU Marie Curie MicroArctic ITN, using metagenomics to investigate the biotechnological potential of cryospheric bacteria. After completing the PhD in 2020, she joined the Royal Veterinary College and Prof Damer Blake's Lab as a Postdoctoral Scientist using metagenomics to trace pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in poultry distribution networks in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka.

Researcher Association

ECR Forum (within One Health Poultry Hub)

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