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Dr David Wilkinson MBiochem, DPhil

Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Epidemiology

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Since finishing my studies in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, I have branched out into the study of (re-) emerging zoonotic disease. I have a particular interest in the One Health framework, and the combination of classical Microbiology, Genetics and state-of-the-art Genomics to study the evolution and epidemiology of disease-causing microorganisms. I enjoy the multidisciplinary nature of this field, which creates a number of challenges but is ultimately extremely rewarding.

As a postdoc at mEpilab, I am involved in a number of projects including the study of Campylobacter and Leptospira in domestic and wild animals.

Professional

Qualifications

  • Masters in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry - Oxford University (2007)
  • PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry - Oxford University (2011)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

One Health, Zoonotic Disease, Microbiology, Campylobacter, Leptospirosis, Genetics, Genomics, Metagenomics

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Sciences (060000): Genetics (060400): Genomics (060408): Infectious Agents (060502): Microbial Ecology (060504): Microbiology (060500): Molecular Evolution (060409)

Keywords

One Health, Zoonotic Disease, Microbiology, Campylobacter, Leptospirosis, Genetics, Genomics, Metagenomics

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Research Outputs

Journal

Heuer, C., Yupiana, Y., Collins-Emerson, JM., Benschop, J., Weston, J., Wilkinson, D., . . . Wilson, P. (2017). Leptospira shedding in dairy herds: new findings. New Zealand Veterinary association.
[Journal article]Authored by: Benschop, J., Collins-Emerson, J., Heuer, C., Vallee, E., Wilkinson, D.
Heuer, C., Yuplana, Y., Collins-Emerson, J., Benschop, J., Weston, J., Wilkinson, D., . . . Wilson, P. (2017). Leptospira shedding in dairy herds: New findings. VetScript. (June), 45-46
[Journal article]Authored by: Benschop, J., Collins-Emerson, J., Heuer, C., Vallee, E., Weston, J., Wilkinson, D.
Wilkinson, D., & Hayman, DTS. (2017). Bat and virus ecology in a dynamic world. Microbiology Australia. 38(1), 33-35
[Journal article]Authored by: Hayman, D., Wilkinson, D.
Damiens, D., Lebon, C., Wilkinson, DA., Dijoux-Millet, D., Goff, GL., Bheecarry, A., . . . Gouagna, LC. (2016). Cross-Mating compatibility and competitiveness among aedes albopictus strains from distinct geographic origins -implications for future application of sit programs in the south west indian ocean islands. PLoS ONE. 11(11)
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Séré, M., Wilkinson, DA., Schleyer, MH., Chabanet, P., Quod, JP., & Tortosa, P. (2016). Characterisation of an atypical manifestation of black band disease on Porites lutea in the Western Indian Ocean. PeerJ. 2016(7), 1-23
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Wilkinson, DA., Duron, O., Cordonin, C., Gomard, Y., Ramasindrazana, B., Mavingui, P., . . . Tortosa, P. (2016). The bacteriome of bat flies (Nycteribiidae) from the Malagasy region: A community shaped by host ecology, bacterial transmission mode, and host-vector specificity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 82(6), 1778-1788
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
McCoy, KD., Dietrich, M., Jaeger, A., Wilkinson, DA., Bastien, M., Lagadec, E., . . . Lebarbenchon, C. (2016). The role of seabirds of the Iles Eparses as reservoirs and disseminators of parasites and pathogens. Acta Oecologica. 72, 98-109
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Razanajatovo, NH., Nomenjanahary, LA., Wilkinson, DA., Razafimanahaka, JH., Goodman, SM., Jenkins, RK., . . . Heraud, J-M. (2015). Detection of new genetic variants of Betacoronaviruses in Endemic Frugivorous Bats of Madagascar. Virology journal. 12, 1-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Dietrich, M., Wilkinson, DA., Benlali, A., Lagadec, E., Ramasindrazana, B., Dellagi, K., . . . Tortosa, P. (2015). Leptospira and paramyxovirus infection dynamics in a bat maternity enlightens pathogen maintenance in wildlife. Environmental Microbiology. 17(11), 4280-4289
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Drexler, JF., Corman, VM., Lukashev, AN., van den Brand, JMA., Gmyl, AP., Brünink, S., . . . others, . (2015). Evolutionary origins of hepatitis A virus in small mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112, 15190-15195 Retrieved from http://intl.pnas.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Corre, KD., Tortosa, P., Lagadec, KDM., Pascalis, H., Le, M., Jaeger, A., . . . others, . (2014). Massive Infection of Seabird Ticks with.
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Ramasindrazana, B., Wilkinson, DA., Beral, M., & Dietrich, M. (2014). An albino mollosid bat from the Southwestern Indian Ocean. Malagasy Nature. 8, 103-104 Retrieved from http://www.vahatra.mg/index.html
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Wilkinson, DA., Lebon, C., Wood, T., Rosser, G., & Gouagna, LC. (2014). Straightforward multi-object video tracking for quantification of mosquito flight activity. Journal of Insect Physiology. 71, 114-121
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Wilkinson, DA., Dietrich, M., Lebarbenchon, C., Jaeger, A., Le Rouzic, C., Bastien, M., . . . others, . (2014). Massive infection of seabird ticks with Coxiella burnetii related species. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 80(11), 3327-3333 Retrieved from http://www.asm.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Gouagna, LC., Kerampran, R., Lebon, C., Brengues, C., Toty, C., Wilkinson, DA., . . . Fontenille, D. (2014). Sugar-source preference, sugar intake and relative nutritional benefits in Anopheles arabiensis males. Acta Tropica. 132(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Wilkinson, DA., Mélade, J., Dietrich, M., Ramasindrazana, B., Soarimalala, V., Lagadec, E., . . . Pascalis, H. (2014). Highly diverse morbillivirus-related paramyxoviruses in wild fauna of the southwestern Indian ocean Islands: Evidence of exchange between introduced and endemic small mammals. Journal of Virology. 88(15), 8268-8277
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Dietrich, M., Wilkinson, DA., Soarimalala, V., Goodman, SM., Dellagi, K., & Tortosa, P. (2014). Diversification of an emerging pathogen in a biodiversity hotspot: Leptospira in endemic small mammals of Madagascar. Molecular Ecology. 23(11), 2783-2796
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Wilkinson, DA., Dietrich, M., Lebarbenchon, C., Jaeger, A., Le Rouzic, C., Bastien, M., . . . Tortosa, P. (2014). Massive infection of seabird ticks with bacterial species related to Coxiella burnetii. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 80(11), 3327-3333
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Rosser, G., Fletcher, AG., Wilkinson, DA., de Beyer, JA., Yates, CA., Armitage, JP., . . . Baker, RE. (2013). Novel methods for analysing bacterial tracks reveal persistence in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. PLoS Computational Biology. 9, e1003276-e1003276
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Pascalis, H., Temmam, S., Wilkinson, DA., Dsouli, N., Turpin, M., de Lamballerie, X., . . . Dellagi, K. (2012). Molecular evolutionary analysis of pH1N1 2009 influenza virus in Reunion Island, South West Indian ocean region: A Cohort study. PLoS ONE. 7(8)
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Brown, MT., Steel, BC., Silvestrin, C., Wilkinson, DA., Delalez, NJ., Lumb, CN., . . . Berry, RM. (2012). Flagellar hook flexibility is essential for bundle formation in swimming Escherichia coli cells. Journal of bacteriology. 194, 3495-3501
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Wilkinson, DA., Temmam, S., Lebarbenchon, C., Lagadec, E., Chotte, J., Guillebaud, J., . . . Pascalis, H. (2012). Identification of novel paramyxoviruses in insectivorous bats of the Southwest Indian Ocean. Virus Research. 170(1-2), 159-163
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Wood, TM., Yates, CA., Wilkinson, DA., & Rosser, G. (2012). Simplified multitarget tracking using the PHD filter for microscopic video data. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. 22(5), 702-713 Retrieved from http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Wilkinson, DA., Chacko, SJ., Vénien-Bryan, C., Wadhams, GH., & Armitage, JP. (2011). Regulation of flagellum number by FliA and FlgM and role in biofilm formation by Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Journal of bacteriology. 193, 4010-4014
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Armitage, JP., Wadhams, GH., Taylor, S., Saunders, NJ., Porter, SL., Wilkinson, DA., . . . Byles, ED. (2011). Genome Sequence of Rhodobacter. J. Bacteriol. 193, 4027-4027
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Scott, KA., Porter, SL., Bagg, EAL., Hamer, R., Hill, JL., Wilkinson, DA., . . . Armitage, JP. (2010). Specificity of localization and phosphotransfer in the CheA proteins of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Molecular microbiology. 76, 318-330
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.
Wood, TM., Wilkinson, D., & Yates, C.StudyingBacterialMotionUsingMultitargetTracking.
[Journal article]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.

Thesis

Wilkinson, DA. (2010). Regulation of the expression and positioning of chemotaxis and motor proteins in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Wilkinson, D.

Conference

Cornelius, A., Biggs, PJ., Hayman, D., French, N., Draper, J., Wilkinson, D., . . . Gilpin, B. (2017). use of genotyping tools to characterise and investigate the New Zealand Havelock North campylobacteriosis outbreak. , 19th international workshop on campylobacter, helicobacter and related organisms
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Biggs, P., French, N., Hayman, D., Marshall, J., Midwinter, A., Wilkinson, D.
Zhang, J., Biggs, P., Wilkinson, D., Midwinter, A., Gilpin, B., Draper, J., . . . French, N. (2017, September). Ad hoc whole-genome MLST (wgMLST) analysis reveals multiple Campylobacter jejuni clones caused a massive waterborne outbreak in New Zealand in 2016. Presented at 19th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms. Nantes, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Biggs, P., French, N., Hayman, D., Midwinter, A., Wilkinson, D., Zhang, J.
Zhang, J., Williamson, D., Gonçalves da Silva, A., Patrick, B., Bulach, D., Carter, G., . . . French, NIGEL. (2017). Genomic analysis of the recently emerged antimicrobial resistant Campylobacter jejuni ST-6964 in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of 19th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms. Nantes, France
[Conference Poster]Authored by: French, N., Midwinter, A., Wilkinson, D., Zhang, J.
Wilkinson, DA., O'Donnell, A., Akhter, R., Fayaz, A., Rogers, L., French, N., . . . Midwinter, A. (2017). Updating the genomic taxonomy and epidemiology of Campylobacter hyointestinalis. Poster session presented at the meeting of CHRO 2017. Nantes, France
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Fayaz, A., French, N., Midwinter, A., Wilkinson, D.
Wilkinson, DA., Zhang, J., Biggs, P., Marshall, J., & French, N. (2017). How open is the Campylobacter genome?. Poster session presented at the meeting of CHRO 2017. Nantes, France
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Biggs, P., French, N., Marshall, J., Wilkinson, D.
Benschop, J., Collins-Emerson, J., Heuer, C., Vallee, E., & Wilkinson, D. (2016). Leptospirosis at the human-livestock-wildlife interface. Proceedings of the Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Biosecurity, Branch of the NZVA Conference. (pp. 59 - 62). : New Zealand Veterinary Association. Food Safety, Animal Welfare & Biosecurity Branch Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Benschop, J., Collins-Emerson, J., Heuer, C., Vallee, E., Wilkinson, D.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • French
    Last used: Recently
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Marie Moinet - Doctor of Philosophy
    Molecular & eco-epidemiology of leptospirosis at the wildlife-livestock-human interface in New-Zealand

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