1999-2003 B.S. in Biological Sciences
2003-2004 M.Sc in Biological Science University of Bath, UK
I am interested in population dynamics of bacteria and phage. While almost all of my research is in vitro and most of my time is spent in the Laboratory, as noted by my photo I sometime go into the real world.
My PhD dissertation research is on the population dyanmics of Vibrio cholerae and its lytic phage and the role of these viruses in regulating the densities of populations of these bacteria and the effects of resistance to these phage on the fitness and virulence of these bacteria. Of particular concern in this investigation is the potential role of these viruses in controlling outbreaks of cholera in humans (see Jensen et al. 200, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. US103:4652-4657and the associated references). Alhough I I am not planning to consider the contribution of camels to the ecology of V. cholereae and its phage, in my microcosm studies I'm considering the role of different copepods and other zooplankton with V. cholerae interact.
As you can see, I also like camels... and I am trying to inoculate bacteria in them (BUT, DO NOT TELL ANYBODY)
Buckling A, Wei Y, Massey RC, Brockhurst MA, Hochberg ME (2006)Antagonistic coevolution with parasites increases the cost of host deleterious mutations. Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. B 273(1582):45-9. [PDF]
Wei, Y and B.R. Levin (2009) The Population and Evolution Dynamics of Vibrio cholerae and its Phage: The Curious Case of Peru-2 - Microbial Population Biology Gordon Conference [PDF]