Dr Sariqa Wagley
Postdoctoral researcher


I am a molecular microbiologist and have worked with a number of different pathogens including Vibrio species, Burkholderia species, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Campylobacter species. 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 Vibrio 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.

In 2008, I took up a post doc position with Professor Richard Titball at the University of Exeter. Since working here I have developed a particular interest in the molecular basis of infection and virulence.  My research has now focused on developing countermeasures against the pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei focusing particularly on the Twin Arginine Translocation (Tat) system.  I am re-establishing my work with V. parahaemolyticus again and I am interested in focusing on how this bacterium causes disease in humans and adapts to environmental changes.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbial pathogenesis


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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AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
Stocker Road

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