Mr Luke Hillary
Swyddog Ymchwil-Firoleg Amgylcheddol
Thesis title: Reducing the risk of viral contamination of the UK’s food and water supply
I completed my MBiolSci at the University of Sheffield in 2009 in Biochemistry and Microbiology and spent two years at the University of York investigating protein-protein interactions in E. coli. I subsequently trained as a secondary school chemistry teacher and taught in several schools in Leeds and North Yorkshire. In 2017, I returned to research by joining the STARS PhD programme at Bangor University.
I am examining how sewage sludge treatments affect the viral communities of soil. At present, we know that human pathogenic viruses such as hepatitis and norovirus can be detected in both sewage sludge and soil. What we don’t have is an overall understanding of how long these viruses persist in the soil, what affects this persistence, and for how long viruses remain infective. Sludge-amended soils have the potential to act as reservoirs of pathogenic viruses which could leach into watercourses over time or during storm events, or contaminate crops and livestock. By combining viral metagenomics with qPCR and infectivity studies, I am aiming to increase our understanding of the flow of viruses through this underexplored route, and address the possible policy implications for sludge disposal as part of food production.
- Arall: PGCE Chemistry
University of York, 2011–2012
- Arall: MBiolSci Biochemistry and Microbiology (1st class honours)
University of Sheffield, 2005–2009
- Heb ei GyhoeddiPhages under foot: Viromics detects long-term persistence of faecally associated viruses in biosolid amended soils
Hillary, L., 2018, (Heb ei Gyhoeddi).
Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gynhadledd › Murlen
- STARS Conference 2020
20 Ion 2020 – 22 Ion 2020Gweithgaredd: Cymryd rhan mewn cynhadledd (Trefnydd)
- Life, but not as we know it: exploring RNA viral diversity in soils through viromics
4 Rhag 2019Gweithgaredd: Cyflwyniad llafar (Siaradwr)
- Society for Applied Microbiology 8th Early Career Scientist Research Symposium
13 Maw 2019Gweithgaredd: Cymryd rhan mewn cynhadledd (Cyfranogwr)
- STARS Conference 2019
14 Ion 2019 – 17 Ion 2019Gweithgaredd: Cymryd rhan mewn cynhadledd (Siaradwr)
- MMEG 2018
Phages Under Foot: viromics detects long-term persistence of faecally associated viruses in biosolid amended soils (poster presentation)
17 Rhag 2018 – 18 Rhag 2018
Cysylltau:Gweithgaredd: Cymryd rhan mewn cynhadledd (Siaradwr)