Dr Sariqa Wagley
Postdoctoral researcher


I am a microbiologist with a strong interest on researching the molecular basis of infection by bacterial pathogens. I completed a BSc in Medical Microbiology from the University of Surrey. During this degree programme I completed a year in industry at the Cefas laboratories in Weymouth working on the microbiological safety of shellfish. During this placement I worked on a pilot project to develop methods to detect pathogenic Vibrio species in shellfish such as V. cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus. My PhD studies were carried out at the Cefas laboratories (Weymouth, UK) in conjunction with the University of Surrey. Here, I worked on the human pathogen V. parahaemolyticus where I developed and standardised both molecular and classical approaches to the enumeration and characterisation of pathogenic V. parahaemolyticus in seafood’s, and to harmonise the use of those methods across the European Community.

After my PhD, I chose to move to a position with a strong molecular focus with Prof. Richard Titball at Exeter University. During my time at Exeter University I have focused my research and skillset on understanding microbial pathogenesis in a number of human pathogens including Burkholderia pseudomallei, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, Campylobacter species and Clostridium perfringens. I am eager to combine the techniques from both my PhD and post-doctoral work to help further my own research on V. parahaemolyticus. I have recently been awarded a BBSRC IPA grant to help pursue my molecular interest in the viable but non-culturable state of V. parahaemolyticus and to study the role this phenomenon may have on food safety.  


PhD (2008) Cefas laboratories Weymouth UK/University of Surrey, Development of methods for the detection and characterisation of pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus in seafood
BSc Hons (2004) Medical Microbiology, University of Surrey

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University of Exeter
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