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Professor Jodi Lindsay

Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis
Director of Cross Cutting Research Themes

Jodi Lindsay is Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and specializes in the evolution of bacterial populations, horizontal gene transfer and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Her particular focus is on Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA, important pathogens of humans and animals.

Jodi is currently elected Chair of the ESCMID study group on Staphylococci (ESGS) and Chair of the Publishing Committee and Council Member of the Microbiology Society.

She is Director of Cross-Cutting Research Themes and Academic Lead for REF2021 at SGUL.

Jodi began her career with a PhD from the University of Western Australia, followed by post-docs at New York University Medical Center and the University of Sheffield. She joined St George’s in 1998, was tenured in 2005, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006, Reader in 2009 and Professor in 2012.

Jodi is a microbiologist and geneticist who collaborates widely with bioinformaticians, chemists, mathematical modellers, clinical microbiologists and infectious disease physicians, veterinarians and public health experts.   Fundamental biology is translated to epidemiology, diagnostics, stewardship, infection control, public health and veterinary practice.

Jodi is currently Chair of the ESCMID study group on Staphylococci (ESGS) and Chair of the Publishing Committee and Council Member of the Microbiology Society.  She sits on the UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations Steering Committee. Previously, she co-chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Staphylococci, sat on the BBSRC Biosciences for Health advisory committee, and has sat on various grant funding committees for DFG, JPI-AMR, EU FP7/Horizon2020 and NIH.  She is an Editor of X-AMR, and previously was Reviews Editor and an Editor of Microbiology, and an Editor of BMC Infectious Diseases, each for 10 years.

At SGUL, Jodi is the Director of Cross Cutting Research Themes and Deputy to the Deputy Principal (Research and Enterprise). She is the Academic Lead for REF2021.  She also chairs the Research Publishing and Data Management Steering group and sits on the Athena Swan committee.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global problem that threatens modern medicine.  We investigate how bacteria acquire AMR genes, how they spread and how bacterial populations evolve.  We study their diagnosis, epidemiology, selective pressures, and host-specificity. Mechanistically, we study bacteriophage and transduction, restriction modification, use whole genome sequencing, bioinformatics, mathematical modelling and experimental evolution.

For example, our team led the discoveries of -
- Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity islands (SaPI) that transfer toxin genes at high frequency
- The lineage population structure of S. aureus using whole genome data
- The main restriction-modification system of S. aureus, Sau1, which is lineage specific
- The phi3 prophage and immune evasion genes are associated with human S. aureus
- Fluoroquinolone stewardship was associated with MRSA decline in UK hospitals
- AMR genes can move at extremely high frequency between bacteria during colonisation of the host
- Sub-inhibitory concentrations of antimicrobials enhance AMR gene transfer
- Undersampling limits AMR detection in the diagnostic lab

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Invited speaker at >50 international conferences.

Editor of "Staphylococcus: Molecular Genetics" 2008, Caister Academic Press.

Expert, Science Media Centre

Current - MRC, JPI-AMR

Previous major funding - Wellcome Trust, EU FP7, BBSRC, DEFRA.

Current team -

Louise Hill

Quentin Leclerc

Jake Wildfire

Alastair Clements

Current collaborators -

Gwenan Knight, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Anette Loeffler, Sian Frosini & David Lloyd, Royal Veterinary College

Adam Witney, Ken Laing, Philip Butcher, Jason Hinds, SGUL

Margreet Vos & Willem van Wamel, Erasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands

Gerard Lina & Jean-Philippe Rasigade, Lyon

Mike Sharland, Tim Planche, Joe Standing - SGUL/SWLP/ICH

Tim Read - Emory, USA

Aderonke Odutola, Grant Mackenzie - LSHTM The Gambia

Previous team include -

Gwenan Knight, Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Alex McCarthy, Lecturer, Imperial College London

Anette Loeffler, Reader, Royal Veterinary College

Kinga Stanczak-Mrozek, Agency for Health Technology, Warsaw

Arya Gupta - University of Kent 

Tristan Seecharran, Quadrum Institute

Emma Budd, UKHSA

Patrick Houston, Pirbright Institute

Jon Lambourne, Barts Health NHS




MRes Biomedical Science - project supervisor, AMR module co-lead, lecturer

MSc Global Health - AMR module co-lead, lecturer

BSc - project supervisor, lecturer

PhD student supervisor, including MRC-LID students

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