Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, genetics, evolution, host specificity, susceptibility to disease, antibiotic resistance, pathogenesis, epidemiology, molecular biology, sequencing, microarrays, systems biology, bioinformatics, mathematical modelling, human clinical studies, veterinary studies.
Professor Jodi Lindsay specialises in the bacterial pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, a common cause of infection in humans and animals. She is particularly interested in the genetics and evolution of strains that are increasingly virulent and resistant to antibiotics, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). She joined St George’s, University of London in November 1998 as a tenure-track lecturer, and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2005, reader in 2009, and professor in 2012.
Professor Lindsay graduated with BSc degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia, followed by an Honours year in Microbiology (1st class). She was awarded her PhD from the same university in 1995 for investigating iron uptake mechanisms in staphylococci. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine at the New York University Medical Center in the laboratory of Dr Richard Novick. Here she discovered the Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity islands (SaPIs), which are mobile genetic elements encoding virulence factors such as toxic shock syndrome toxin.
In 1996 she moved to the University of Sheffield and Professor Simon Foster’s group as a post-doctoral research fellow. Here she worked on environmental triggers that control the regulation of expression of virulence genes in Staphylococcus aureus, as well as studying metal uptake mechanisms.
Professor Lindsay edited the first book on Staphylococcal Genetics in 2008. She was elected co-chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Staphylococcal Diseases in 2011. She is an editor of the journals Microbiology and BMC Infectious Diseases, a member of the European Food Standards Safety committee on MRSA in Food, the PHE Staphylococcal advisory committee, the Steering Committee for UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations, BBSRC Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health Strategy Advisory Panel, and Secretary of the ESCMID Study Group for Staphylococci (ESGS).
Honours and awards
- Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Staphylococcal Diseases, 2011, with Fritz Goetz.
- Editor, Microbiology and BMC Infectious Diseases.
- Session chair for GRC, ISSSI, SGM.
- Invited speaker for GRC, ISSSI, SGM, ECCMID, ASM, NARSA, etc.