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Dr Kieran Bates

Dr Kieran Bates, EP Abraham Junior Research Fellow in Biological Sciences

Dr Kieran Bates is the EP Abraham Junior Research Fellow in Biological Sciences.

As an undergraduate, he studied Biological Sciences at University College London. He then moved to Imperial College London to study for a PhD in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

His doctoral research examined the drivers of heterogeneity in an outbreak of a fungal pathogen of amphibians, with particular focus on the influence of the skin microbiota in shaping infection resistance. He subsequently went on to a Post-doc in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford before joining St Hilda’s as a JRF.

Dr Bates' research focuses on how microbes interact with each other, their environment and the multicellular hosts that they colonise over space and time. He uses an experimental evolution framework to investigate how microbial community structure and function impacts resistance to infection and subsequently shapes host evolution.