This group is interested is in understanding how humans become infected by gastrointestinal pathogens and what can be done to alleviate the burden of disease. This area is benefiting from the synthesis of molecular biology, statistical/mathematical methods as well as conventional environmental, food and medical microbiology and epidemiological techniques specifically:

  • integrating natural and social science approaches to understand and develop interventions to mitigate the risk of infection for gastrointestinal pathogens
  • rapid methods for concentration, separation and detection of microbial pathogens from the environment and food 
  • development of flow injection analysis and fibre optic evanescent wave sensors for rapid detection/fingerprinting of pollutants and microbiological pathogens from both food and environmental samples 
  • image analysis and pattern recognition techniques applied to fisheries and environmental sciences  

Contact: Professor Norval Strachan