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Professor Robin Allaby



Research Fellow


Life Sciences
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 76 52297

Research Interests

There is need for reliable, simple and cost-effective diagnostic techology to detect and identify pathogens for effective medical treatment. Traditional methods typically are laborious, require high levels of expertise and usually focus on only one or a few organisms at once. I joined Prof Wellington's group to work on the development of a rapid, multiplexed method for the detection of pathogens in clinical and enivronmental samples as part of the EU-funded project FAPIC . We work together with nine other partners, including academics and industry, from seven countries to develop, optimise and validate novel high-troughput and automated methods to extract nucleic acids from complex samples. Combined with DNA-based molecular tools, including microarray technology, a large selection of important pathogen targets, but also emerging virulence and antimicrobial resistance genes will be detected from a range of samples. The technology will help inform e.g. clinicians veterinarians and other stakeholders on targeted treatment, saving time, cost and lives.

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