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Dr Eleanor Watson

Moredun Research Institute
Pentlands Science Park
Bush Loan
Midlothian EH26 0PZ


Eleanor Watson graduated with BSc Hons in Medical Microbiology from University of Edinburgh and gained a PhD from the University of Nottingham, School of Pharmacy where she investigated the immunomodulatory potential of bacterial signalling molecules. She began working at Moredun in 2005 on a project through the University of Glasgow, taking a proteomic approach to discover novel infection determinants of the pig pathogen Lawsonia intracellularis.  Since 2008 she has been investigating the interaction between Campylobacter species and their hosts.

Current Research

  • Characterisation of bacterial cellular proteomes and sub-cellular proteomes.
  • Proteomic characterisation of host pathophysiological responses to infection with Campylobacter.
  • iTRAQ quantitative proteomic analysis to study host responses to Campylobacter jejuni infection.
  • Genomic comparisons of Campylobacter species and sub-species
  • Collaborative projects with Paul Everest and Aileen Sherry (University of Glasgow), Emøke Bendixen (University of Århus), Nick Dorrell (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and Tom Humphrey (University of Liverpool).

Selected Key Publications