Clare Barker

Research Interests

My research interests include microbial genomics, public health microbiology and bioinformatics. I am currently using whole genome sequencing and genomic analysis to investigate archived outbreak isolates of Campylobacter. This project is funded by the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections, and is in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE).

I spend the majority of my time working within the Gastrointestinal Bacteria Reference Unit at PHE, where there is a large collection of historic isolates available. I am hoping that sequencing these past outbreaks may offer an insight into future outbreaks and also provide information about long-term trends in campylobacteriosis in the UK.