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Dr Linzy Elton
Centre For Clinical Microbiology
Royal Free Hospital
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  • Research Fellow
  • Div of Infection & Immunity
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Research interests: Tuberculosis, plague, neglected tropical diseases, antimicrobial resistance and capacity development

I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Clinical Microbiology at UCL and have previously worked on research projects in a number of countries, including Egypt, Tanzania and Uganda. I also worked as a scientific officer on a game reserve in South Africa, tracking and monitoring the health of the animals including lions, elephants, and black and white rhino. Whilst my background is in parasitology (focusing on helminths and specifically the prevalence and control of schistosomiasis), I completed my PhD on the role of biofilms in the transmission of Yersinia pestis in fleas and lice. As a postdoctoral researcher for PANDORA, I am interested in capacity development, antimicrobial resistance, tuberculosis and science communication.

Research Groups
Research Summary

- Lead PI on 12 month grant looking at 'The impact ofCOVID-19 infection prevention and control measures on transmission of hospital acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance in Africa' funded by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
- Validation of SARS-CoV-2 primer sets, PCR systems and extraction kits versus cost and availability for low and middle income countries
- The assessment of BSL3 laboratory facilities in theRepublic of Congo and Cameroon
- Organising the training of Congolese students at UCL in tuberculosis diagnostics and BSL3 laboratory management
- Organising and running a tuberculosis molecular diagnostics workshop at the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute, Tanzania, Jul 2019
- Setting up a pragmatic tuberculosis drug resistance sequencing pipeline
- Running a MinION training workshop in Sept 2019 and Feb2020 with Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Quadram Institute, Great Ormond Streetand LGC
- Organising and running an online workshop in conjunction with TGHN on Laboratory Quality Control (Oct 2020)
- Organising and running an online workshop in conjunctionwith TGHN on Infection Prevention and Control: controlling AntimicrobialResistance transmission for healthcare workers in LMICs (Nov 2020)
- Assessment of AMR preparedness in our African sites
- Creating online protocols for dissemination and standardisation
- Phylogenetic analysis of historical BGC vaccine strains
- Processing COVID-19 samples for the ISARIC study andclinical trials
- Public engagement, including the creation of PANDORA-ID-NET's YouTube Channel, COVID-19 FAQ series and TGHN Hub, andmaintenance of Twitter feed
- Secondment to Medecins sans Frontieres: sequencing of TBPRACTECAL paired isolates

Teaching Summary
During my time at UCL, I have taught a number of lectures at both Masters level and Undergraduate (medical student) level. I have also supervised students in the laboratory, from visiting A Level students through to PhD students. I have also run a number of workshops, both virtually and laboratory based, in the UK and abroad on a range of topics, including whole genome sequencing, laboratory quality management and infection prevention and control for prevention of antimicrobial resistance. I hold an ARENA teaching fellow award.
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