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Dr Shi-qi An DPhil, BSc

Research Fellow in Microbiology

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Dr Shi-qi An is a Research fellow who joined SoBS in Oct 2018. She gained her PhD in Microbiology (2012) from Guangxi University (China) and University College Cork (Ireland) as part of the SFI China-Ireland Programme. Since then she has held several postdoctoral positions (Queens University Belfast and University of Dundee) and have made a number of short-term research visits to institutes around Europe (Diamond Lightsource; Earlham Institute) and Asia (Nanyang Technological University). Her research interests currently lie in the area of bacterial virulence and stress resistance during chronic infection, with a drive towards developing new anti-infective agents for disease control.

Career history

2017-2018: Wellcome Trust Research fellow. The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen's University Belfast.
2015-2016: Wellcome Trust Research fellow. Division of Molecular Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.
2013-2015: Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research fellow. Division of Molecular Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

Academic Qualifications

2007-2012: PhD Molecular Microbiology. Guangxi University, PRC.
2003-2007: BSc Biotechnology. College of Life Science and Technology, Guangxi University, PRC.

Research interests

Dr Shi-qi An’s research interests lie in the area of Molecular Microbe-Host Interactions. Dr An is particularly interested in Gram-negitive bacterial pathogens of human, animals and plants

The specific aspects of interest include:

1) The environmental regulation of virulence factor synthesis controlled by systems using cyclic nucleotide second messengers.
2) Cell-cell signalling through the action of diffusible signal molecules that can influence the behavior.
3) The development of strategies in particular drugs that modulate bacterial behaviour as a route to control bacterial infections.
4) Polybacterial interactions and biofilm formation in plant and human disease.

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Affiliate research groups

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS), NBIC – national biofilms innovation centre

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Dr Shi-qi An
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 85

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