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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Samantha Girvan

Samantha Girvan

A longitudinal study into the genetic diversity of Staphylococcus aureus carriage within human hosts.

Supervisor: Dr Mark Holmes


I am an MPhil student in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. A recent Accredited Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) graduate with a passion for microbiology.

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:

Research Interests

I am interested in the in-host diversity of Staphylococcus aureus.
My research involves genomic analysis of strains isolated from persistent nasal carriers. Using whole genome sequencing to
identify both major and minor genetic variance of the nasal S. aureus population over time.