Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor

Dr Clare Taylor

Senior Lecturer

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology in the School of Applied Sciences. I am a trustee of, and current General Secretary of the Society for Applied Microbiology where I also chair the Society's Policy Sub-Committee. I am an elected member of the Young Academy of Scotland where I lead the 'Equal' theme.

I am an active academic citizen supporting colleagues to embed inclusive professional practice in microbiology, and science more generally.

Research
My research interests are varied and encompass:
1. Understanding host-pathogen interactions of the intracellular bacteria Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes, with a view to developing novel microbial diagnostic tools and designing novel approaches to antimicrobial therapy.
2. I also work with internal and external colleagues to understand and exploit the role of different bacteria, and infection, relevant to human health.

Public Engagement
I am passionate about engaging people with research in microbiology especially on topics related to public health including vaccination and antibiotic resistance. I have performed on these topics at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and have taken part in a range of different activities to diverse audiences.

Academic Leadership
Within School of Applied Sciences I am Head of Equality and Inclusion and work with colleagues across the School to develop Inclusive Practice. I convene the School's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment team.

Themes

News

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Invited expert - Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Roundtable on UK-Canada Microbiome research
  • Member Royal Society of Biology Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group
  • Chair, Policy Sub-committee (SfAM)
  • Council member - Federation of European Microbiology Societies
  • Executive Committee member and Trustee SfAM (2010 – 2014).
  • General Secretary and Trustee Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM).
  • Contributor to written evidence for House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee including ‘Science in emergencies: UK lessons from Ebola’ (2015), ‘Women in STEM careers (2013) and ‘Bridging the “valley of death”: improving the commercialisation

 

Conference Activity

  • Chair of Local Organizing Committee - FEMS Congress 2019 (Glasgow)
  • Member of Programme Committee - FEMS Congress 2019 (Glasgow)
  • Conference Organizer - Applications of Plant Pathology: From Field to Clinic
  • Invited Meeting Chair - Antimicrobial Resistance: Novel Therapeutics and Drug Discovery, London, UK

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member & Section Editor (Medical Microbiology) for All Life journal
  • Editorial Board Member Fine Focus Journal
  • Features Editor Microbiologist magazine

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, Undergraduate Microbiology, University of Bradford

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Beltane Public Engagement Fellowship
  • Scottish Crucible Fellowship
  • Fellow – Higher Education Academy

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Peer Reviewer of Grants: British Council Researcher Links/Newton Fund awards; Wellcome Trust Research Grants; Medical Research Council; Society for Applied Microbiology

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Panel Member - Intersectionality in STEM, Equate Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
  • Invited speaker - Dorothy Jones Memorial Lecture, Gateshead, UK
  • Invited speaker - The Antimicrobial Crisis: #AlternativeFact or #ActualFact, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • Invited speaker - New Lecturer Research Award Lecture, Dublin, Ireland

 

Media Activity

  • The Conversation (September 2016) To avoid antibiotic apocalypse, we need to diagnose infections faster (https://theconversation.com/profiles/clare-taylor-183462/articles)
  • TV appearance: STV Scotland Tonight (June 2015) discussing Sir Tim Hunt & sexism in science (http://news.stv.tv/scotland/1322719-the-trouble-with-girls-is-sexism-entrenched-in-the-science-sector/)
  • News media commentator for various media outlets and Science Media Centre
  • TV appearance for STV Edinburgh: Edinburgh Festival 2015 (17/08/15) on STV Edinburgh for Women! Science is Still Not for You!
  • The Conversation (August 2015) Why we’ll all learn to love genetically modified Salmonella in the end (https://theconversation.com/why-well-all-learn-to-love-genetically-modified-salmonella-in-the-end-45850)
  • The Conversation (December 2015) ‘Kill switches’ could make genetically modified food more palatable (https://theconversation.com/kill-switches-could-make-genetically-modified-food-more-palatable-51941)
  • TV appearance & consultancy for BBC4 After Life: The Strange Science of Decay

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of RSE Young Academy of Scotland

 

Public Engagement Activity

  • Co-ordinator Fun Palace Wester Hailes at WHALE Arts
  • Performer - Bright Club, The Stand Comedy Club
  • Performer - Bright Club for Explorathon 2015, The Stand Comedy Club
  • Workshop delivery - 'Doing Publics', Beltane Annual Gathering, Edinburgh
  • Invited speaker: Women! Science is not for You! at Café Scientifique St Andrews
  • Performer - Edinburgh Festival Fringe Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Women! Science is Not for You! (2017, 2015 & 2014); Antivaxxers are antisocial! (2017); The Antibiotic Apocalypse Threatens us All! (2016); GM Bacteria Could Save Your Life! (2015)

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External examiner - PhD (University of Manchester)
  • External Examiner - PhD (University of Manchester)

 

Reviewing

  • Peer Reviewer of manuscripts for Journals: Microbiology; FEMS Microbiology Letters; Nanotoxicology; BMC Microbiology; British Journal of Pharmacology

 

Date


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Sources and survival of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh, leafy produce

Journal Article
on fresh, leafy produce. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 125(4), 930-942. https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.14025

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on fresh, leafy produce. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 125(4), 930-942. https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.14025
Listeria monocytogenes in an intracellular human pathogen which enters the body through contaminated food stuffs and is known to contaminate fresh leafy produce such as spinac...

Listeria monocytogenes

Book
Rees, C., Doyle, L., & Taylor, C. (2017)
Listeria monocytogenes. In Foodborne Diseases, 253-276. (3rd). Elsevier. doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-385007-2.00012-7
Listeria monocytogenes was first described in 1923. Before 1982, L. monocytogenes was recognized as a cause of abortions and encephalitis in many animals (particularly cattle ...

Non-contact injury incidence and warm-up observation in hockey in Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Johnston, T., Brown, S., Kaliarntas, K. & Taylor, C. (2016, August)
Non-contact injury incidence and warm-up observation in hockey in Scotland. Poster presented at International Sports Science + Sports Medicine Conference 2016, Newcastle University
Noncontact injuries occur during manoeuvres such as landing, accelerating and the side-cut. This investigation has assessed the prevalence and manoeuvres associated with nonco...

Recovery of MRSA and Clostridium difficile in an ICU ward

Journal Article
Ram, A., Gibb, A. P., Templeton, K., Holmes, A., Swann, D., & Taylor, C. M. (2011)
Recovery of MRSA and Clostridium difficile in an ICU ward. BMC proceedings, 5, 185-185. https://doi.org/10.1186/1753-6561-5-S6-P185
Introduction / objectives The role of the hospital environment as a reservoir of infection is poorly understood. Therefore, baseline levels of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Stap...

Copper Homeostasis in Salmonella is atypical and Copper-CueP Is a major periplasmic metal complex

Journal Article
Osman, D., Waldron, K. J., Denton, H., Taylor, C. M., Grant, A. J., Mastroeni, P., …Cavet, J. S. (2010)
Copper Homeostasis in Salmonella is atypical and Copper-CueP Is a major periplasmic metal complex. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 285, 25259-25268. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M110.145953
Salmonella enterica sv. typhimurium (S. enterica sv. Typhimurium) has two metal-transporting P1-type ATPases whose actions largely overlap with respect to growth in elevated c...

Regulation of capsule expression

Book Chapter
Taylor, C., & Roberts, I. S. (2010)
Regulation of capsule expression. In . M. Wilson (Ed.), Bacterial Adhesion to Host Tissues: Mechanisms and Consequences, (115-138). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
No abstract available.

Differential expression from two iron-responsive promoters in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium reveals the presence of iron in macrophage-phagosomes

Journal Article
Taylor, C. M., Osman, D., & Cavet, J. S. (2009)
Differential expression from two iron-responsive promoters in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium reveals the presence of iron in macrophage-phagosomes. Microbial Pathogenesis, 46(2), 114-118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micpath.2008.11.001
The metal status of macrophage-phagosomes during Salmonella infection is largely unknown. In this study, we have precisely calibrated the metal-specificities of two metal-resp...

Characterization of relA and codY mutants of Listeria monocytogenes: identification of the CodY regulon and its role in virulence

Journal Article
Bennett, H. J., Pearce, D. M., Glenn, S., Taylor, C. M., Kuhn, M., Sonenshein, A. L., …Roberts, I. S. (2007)
Characterization of relA and codY mutants of Listeria monocytogenes: identification of the CodY regulon and its role in virulence. Molecular Microbiology, 63(5), 1453-1467. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2958.2007.05597.x
Listeria monocytogenes is a Gram-positive intracellular parasite and the causative organism of human listeriosis. In this article we demonstrate that L. monocytogenes encodes ...

Mutations in the waaR Gene of Escherichia coli Which Disrupt Lipopolysaccharide Outer Core Biosynthesis Affect Cell Surface Retention of Group 2 Capsular Polysaccharides.

Journal Article
Taylor, C. M., Goldrick, M., Lord, L., & Roberts, I. S. (2006)
Mutations in the waaR Gene of Escherichia coli Which Disrupt Lipopolysaccharide Outer Core Biosynthesis Affect Cell Surface Retention of Group 2 Capsular Polysaccharides. Journal of Bacteriology, 188(3), 1165-1168. https://doi.org/10.1128/JB.188.3.1165-1168.2006
On the basis of increased resistance to K5 capsule-specific bacteriophage, a waaR transposon mutant defective in the biosynthesis of lipopolysaccharide outer core was isolated...

Bacterial Capsules: A Route for Polysaccharide Engineering

Book
Roberts, I., & Taylor, C. (2005)
Bacterial Capsules: A Route for Polysaccharide Engineering. In Handbook of Carbohydrate Engineering, 479-494. Boca Raton, USA: CRC Press (Taylor and Francis Group). doi:10.1201/9781420027631.ch16
No abstract available.

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Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Co-supervisor of PhD with GLaxoSmithKline and Heriot Watt University