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Miss Eleanor R Wareham BSc (Hons)

MRes Advanced Biological Science student

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Eleanor R Wareham is an MRes Advanced Biological Science student within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I graduated in 2019 with a BSc (Honours) in Biological Science from the University of the West of England, Bristol.

During my dissertation, I identified an unknown coniferous soil bacterial species and investigated whether the species was able to produce antimicrobials and under what conditions. The isolate did produce an antimicrobial product, which was then tested against ESKAPE pathogens to observe its effectiveness.

Research interests

My research interests focus on antimicrobial resistance particularly in biofilms and the prodution of novel antimicrobials.

This interest then lead me to my research project in my final year of undergraduate study. I investiated a bacteiral isolate found in coniferous soil for any antimicrobial activity against ESKAPE pathogens.

Firstly, the bacteiral species had to be idenified and to develop my laboratory skills I made many selective media to identify the species based on characterisists and performed different stains. Leading to the use of an API to identify the species. Once this had been completed the antimicrobial was tested by different methods against the ESKAPE pathogens. The antimicrobial product produced by the bacteiral speices had significant activity, particularly against Staphylococcus aureus.

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Science

I chose an MRes in Advanced Biological Science to further my education around the field of microbiology and to develop my laboratory skills. I wanted a better understanding of biofilms and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance.

Aims for the future

After graduating, I am looking to continue researching antimicrobial resistance and novel antibiotics.

Supervisor: Dr Sandra Wilks

Research group


Affiliate research group

MRes Advanced Biological Science

Miss Eleanor R Wareham
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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