Following a successful undergraduate degree in Biology at Cardiff University (2016), Rhys White has joined the Beatson lab at The University of Queensland (April 2017) to commence his Master of Philosophy in Microbial Genomics under the supervision of A/Prof Scott Beatson.

Rhys’ dissertation topic concerned the use of genomic analyses techniques to interrogate the antibiotic resistance gene profile of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli clinical isolates from within Wales in the United Kingdom. Rhys’ investigation emphasises the importance of investigations into bacterial antimicrobial resistance prevalence.

Complementing his specific expertise in microbial genomics, Rhys has also developed a portfolio of practical experience in other areas of infectious disease research. The MONKEYBAR project involved relocating to Malaysia to carry out in-field research into the biomedical, environmental, and social risk factors for human infection with Plasmodium knowlesi – in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Health in Borneo. Rhys’ time at the BARC project, under CRIPES at Cardiff University assisted research into the prevalence of common soil parasites across the United Kingdom, particularly Toxocara spp.

Rhys has a broad range of skills/knowledge in bioinformatics and a variety of field work methods, offering great insight across the full spectrum of research design and implementation. His interests include travel, the outdoors, and photography.

Qualifications: 
2016, Bachelor of Science Second Class Honours Division One (Biology), Cardiff University
Institution: 
The University of Queensland

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