Grace joined LBEP from summer 2021 until February 2022, focusing on understanding the adaptions of Staphylococcus aureus to a specific host or niche. Mainly, her work was focused on the adaptions of bovine strains of S. aureus to the dairy niche.
Grace completed her PhD at the University of Warwick in the group of Dr Nick Waterfield. Her doctoral research focused on the evolution of a strain of Bacillus cereus that is capable of causing an anthrax-like disease and the influence of horizontally acquired genetic material to the phenotype of this pathogen.
Grace’s overarching research interests are in understanding the evolution and adaptions of bacterial pathogens to a specific niche or lifestyle.