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Antimicrobial Resistance Research

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Dr Anne Leonard

NERC Innovation Fellow

  01326 259015


  Environment and Sustainability Institute, Room 02.02

  Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


I am a NERC-funded Industrial Innovation fellow and proleptic lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School's European Centre for Environment and Human Health. I work across the disciplines of environmental epidemiology, ecology, microbiology and evidence synthesis to understand the processes involved in the spread of antimicrobial resistance in natural environments, and the impact on human health resulting from exposure to resistant bacteria in natural environments.

Key publications:

Exposure to and colonisation by antibiotic-resistant E. coli in UK coastal water users: Environmental surveillance, exposure assessment, and epidemiological study (Beach Bum Survey).

Human recreational exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria in coastal bathing waters

Is it safe to go back into the water? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the risk of acquiring infections from recreational exposure to seawater

Key project:

Catchment-scale processes contributing to the transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria to coastal bathing waters

External engagement:

BBC Radio 4 – Swimming in Superbugs

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