AMR Seminar Series: Understanding AMR in our natural and built environments
  • Time: 11:00 - 12:00
  • Date: Tuesday 8 June 2021
  • Location: Online
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  • Cost: Free event
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  • Open to: General public

In this talk we will hear from Dr Laura Carter and Dr Marco-Filipe King.

Laura’s research focus on understanding the risks of emerging contaminants in the environment. She has recently been awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to build on her existing work to investigate how sustainable agricultural practices, such as the reuse of wastewater and use of organic soil amendments, can inadvertently introduce pharmaceuticals into the agro-ecosystem.

This presentation will introduce work which has demonstrated the presence of antibiotics and antibiotics resistant genes in soil-plant systems. Laura will also introduce a recently funded NERC project ‘SELECTAR.’ This is a UK-India collaboration, which seeks to characterise pharmaceutical manufacturing waste in India with a view to understand the effect of these discharges into the environment on the microbial ecosystem.  

Marco is a newly appointed lecturer in environmental engineering for buildings in the school in civil engineering and he focuses on infection control and prevention. This talk will centre on the effect that hospital patient room layout has on healthcare staff behaviour and how this can either mitigate or promote microorganism exposure from touching contaminated surfaces.

In this seminar Marco asks: Can we predict what people pick up on their hands? Healthcare acquired infections, those that patients pick up in hospital, are a globally important problem, not just because they cost billions of pounds but because they cause suffering and death. In an era where antibiotics are no longer the “silver bullet” we must look to the environment as the first line of defence. I combine computational fluid dynamics with mathematical modelling, human behaviour studies and biological experiments to understand the mechanisms of pathogen transfer to hands. 

If you would like to attend, please respond to Alex Pisica at

AMR@Leeds is a recently-established, cross-Faculty network and invites you to our on-going seminar series. Our first session in October brought together over 60 Leeds-based academics with an interest in the challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Although AMR is often considered a biological or medical issue, we were thrilled to welcome audience members from across Faculties. We have planned our sessions to fit with the themes of Global AMR Guidance as identified by a recent mapping exercise; this will showcase the breadth of AMR research within the University of Leeds portfolio, how it supports Global AMR action, and hopefully forge new connections between academics and research groups to better address the challenge of AMR.  

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