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Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe began her research career with undergraduate and graduate studies at the Central Veterinary Laboratories (now Veterinary Laboratories Agency) and the Centre for Applied and Microbiological Research (CAMR, now the Health Protection Agency), UK, under the direction of Prof. Martin Woodward. There, she studied the enteric pathogen Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis, and developed a sound appreciation of the many obstacles that a enteric pathogen must overcome in the gut in order to cause disease. She became fascinated by the huge arsenal of virulence factors required by enteric pathogens in order to survive and proliferate in the gut environment. She spent a brief postdoctoral period at CAMR, learning to work with technically challenging pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Campylobacter jejuni, before she relocated to Canada in 2001 to start a postdoctoral position at the University of Calgary, under the joint direction of Drs. Rebekah DeVinney and Mike Surette. She had always been interested in learning more about the normal microbial population inside the human gut, and in 2004 she was fortunate enough to win a Fellow-to-Faculty Transition award through the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. This award allowed her to develop an independent research program aimed at the study of the normal human microbiota and its influence on human health and disease, a program that she brought with her to Guelph in December 2007.
Research in her laboratory is focused on the study of the normal human gut microbiota, both in disease and in health. The research can be loosely divided into several main areas centered on fundamental questions in the field of microbial ecology of the gut:
Das P1, Saulnier E, Carlucci C, Allen-Vercoe E, Shah V and Walker VK
Research Article: J Nanomed Nanotechnol 2016, 7: 408