My research interests are in the area of developing novel diagnostics for mycobacterial infections primarily tuberculosis in people and cattle, as well as Johne’s disease. The technology I have developed uses bacteriophages to target mycobacteria, resulting in detection within hours compared to the several weeks it takes to culture. Using these methods I hope to gain a better understanding of the pathophysiology of mycobacterial infections, as well as providing an alternative tool for detection. I also have an interest in the role of badgers in the spread of TB – as part of a Defra funded project. I am currently funded by a BloomsburySET (Research England) research fellowship.
Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health,
Mary is currently working on a joint project between the Animal and Plant Health Agency and the RVC studying veterinary disease surveillance. The project has been designed to look at the motivations and barriers of farmers and veterinary surgeons to engagement with the UK scanning surveillance system. It aims to identify interventions that could be designed and implemented to improve engagement from these two groups of stakeholders.