Alex Williams


PhD in Plant Immunity. (2013-ongoing) University of Sheffield

Degree (MBiolSci) in Biology. (2005-2009) University of Sheffield


–  Recruitment of priming-induced soil microbes


– The mechanics of Staphylococcus aureus infection in invertebrates (Degree project, UoS; Haine et al. 2009)

– Sexual dimorphism in immunity in plants (Masters project, UoS; Williams et al. 2011)

– Studying genotypic basis for the MRSA pathogenome (Research technician, Sanger; UoS)

– Niche of S.aureus during pathogenesis in vertebrates and the role of antibiotics in altering mechanisms of the disease (UoS; Prajsnar et al. 2012, McVicker et al. 2014)

– A novel phenomenon of S.aureus co-infection infection which increases the virulence of otherwise harmless dose of bacterial CFUs (UoS)


Johnson et al. (2015) Co-operation during Staphylococcus aureus pathogenesis Infection. 684

McVicker et al. (2014) Clonal expansion during Staphylococcus aureus infection dynamics reveals the effect of antibiotic intervention PloS Pathogens. 10, e1003959

Prajsnar et al. (2012) A privileged intraphagocyte niche is responsible for disseminated infection of Staphylococcus aureus in a zebrafish model Cellular Microbiology. 14(10), 1600–1619

Williams et al. (2011) Dioecy, hermaphrodites and pathogen load in plants Oikos 3221257-1259


Alex Williams
Animal and Plant Science Department
University of Sheffield
Alfred Denny Building
Western Bank
S10 2TN
Sheffield, UK, Europe



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