Deborah Hoyle


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Current Research Interests

Molecular epidemiology of zoonotic and emerging pathogens, surveillance and disease control.

Research Interests

I am interested in the epidemiology of zoonotic veterinary pathogens, antimicrobial resistance and emerging disease. My current research project investigates the molecular epidemiology of Shiga-toxin positive non-O157 enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli on cattle farms throughout the UK, using genome sequencing technology to examine the relationship between bovine and human clinical isolates.



I graduated from the University of Cambridge with BA (Hons) Pathology in 1991 and Vet MB, MRCVS in 1994. Following a year at the University of Oxford studying the epidemiology of human infectious disease, I spent a short period in mixed clinical practice before moving to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh in 1996 to study for a doctorate. My thesis investigated the early immune response to Fasciola hepatica infection in cattle. I subsequently worked as a post-doctoral researcher within Professor Mark Woolhouse’s group, on projects examining the risk of zoonotic disease importation by pets into the UK and the molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistant commensal and pathogenic Escherichia coli in beef cattle. From 2005-2015 I took a ten year career break to raise a family. I have since returned to research with a Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowship (2015-2022), investigating the epidemiology of Shiga toxin positive non-O157 E.coli on farms throughout the UK. I am interested in infectious disease epidemiology, surveillance and control.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Bovine immune responses to the common liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica, during the early stages of infection., University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 22 Jul 2000

Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 25 Mar 1995

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Cambridge), University of Cambridge

Award Date: 25 Jun 1994

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 29 Jun 1991


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