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Carl Robinson, PhD

Carl attained a BSc (microbiology, 1992) and PhD (molecular microbiology of bacterial spore germination, 1996) from the University of Sheffield. He then did a three-year post-doctoral position at the University of Portsmouth investigating eukaryotic transcription factors involved in blood development. In 2000, he moved to the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, utilizing his molecular biology expertise, to identify diagnostic and vaccine targets and their translation into commercial products. The focus was primarily veterinary streptococcal pathogens, which led to the development of both commercial diagnostic tests and a licensed vaccine. Currently, Carl is a senior research associate at the University of Cambridge School of Veterinary Medicine, utilizing massively parallel sequencing of bacterial pathogens to identify potential vaccine targets to combat respiratory disease in horses.

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Biosecurity – From the Horse’s Mouth

"Biosecurity” encompasses a wide range of important topics, from bioterrorism to invasive alien species of both plants and animals. But for the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on the prevention of outbreaks of disease and how to minimize the spread when they do inevitably happen.
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What Do We Need? Good Vaccine Design! When Do We Need It? Now!

The infectious agents that continually assault our bodies are many and diverse. Even just a few decades ago, diseases such as smallpox and typhoid were killing millions every year and some still are. Thankfully for us, at least for some diseases, this picture has changed, and the development of vaccines has played a not insignificant role in this achievement.
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Innovative Applications of Lateral Flow Assays

Most well-known for their role in facilitating the easy-to-use human pregnancy test, lateral flow devices have so much more to offer! Find out about their diverse applications, from detecting toxins in food to helping cystic fibrosis patients breathe more easily.
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Care in the Community – How Biofilms Improve Bacterial Survival

A single bacterial cell on its own is vulnerable to attack and like many living things they can benefit from safety in numbers. But bacteria take communal living to a whole new level, forming veritable civilizations - the bacterial biofilm.
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Biosafety and the Agents of Doom

To combat harmful pathogens it is vitally important that scientists have facilities available that enable them to work on them safely. These facilities should prevent the operator from becoming infected with the agent they are working with and prevent the organism from escaping the laboratory setting and potentially initiating new outbreaks of disease.