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Dr Sara Burgess PhD, MSc

Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Veterinary Science

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: ext 85146
    Location: 1.23, Hopkirk
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2016)
  • Master of Science - Massey University (2006)

Prizes and Awards

  • New Zealand - China Emerging Researcher Fellowship - New Zealand - China Food Protection Network (2018)
  • Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award - Fulbright New Zealand (2011)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Thermophillic bacilli

Antimicrobial resistance

Biofilms

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Sciences (060000): Infectious Agents (060502): Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 8
Team Member 0 2

Research Outputs

Journal

Collis, RM., Burgess, SA., Biggs, PJ., Midwinter, AC., French, NP., Toombs-Ruane, L., . . . Cookson, AL. (2019). Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing enterobacteriaceae in dairy farm environments: A New Zealand perspective. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 16(1), 5-22
[Journal article]Authored by: Biggs, P., Burgess, S., French, N., Midwinter, A.
Burgess, SA., Flint, SH., Lindsay, D., Cox, MP., & Biggs, PJ. (2017). Insights into the Geobacillus stearothermophilus species based on phylogenomic principles. BMC Microbiology. 17(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Biggs, P., Burgess, S., Cox, M., Flint, S.
Priest, P., Toombs-Ruane, L., Benschop, J., Burgess, S., French, N., & Murdoch, D. (2017). A One Health future to meet the AMR challenge?. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 65(2), 60-61
[Journal article]Authored by: Benschop, J., Burgess, S., French, N.
Toombs-Ruane, LJ., Benschop, J., Burgess, S., Priest, P., Murdoch, DR., & French, NP. (2017). Multidrug resistant Enterobacteriaceae in New Zealand: a current perspective. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 65(2), 62-70
[Journal article]Authored by: Benschop, J., Burgess, S., French, N.
Burgess, SA., Cox, MP., Flint, SH., Lindsay, D., & Biggs, PJ. (2015). Draft genome sequences of three strains of Geobacillus stearothermophilus isolated from a milk powder manufacturing plant. Genome Announcements. 3(5)
[Journal article]Authored by: Biggs, P., Burgess, S., Cox, M., Flint, S.
Burgess, SA., Lindsay, D., & Flint, SH. (2014). Biofilms of thermophilic bacilli isolated from dairy processing plants and efficacy of sanitizers. Methods in Molecular Biology. 1147, 367-377
[Journal article]Authored by: Burgess, S., Flint, S.
Burgess, SA., Flint, SH., & Lindsay, D. (2014). Characterization of thermophilic bacilli from a milk powder processing plant. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 116(2), 350-359
[Journal article]Authored by: Burgess, S., Flint, S.
Burgess, SA., Lindsay, D., & Flint, SH. (2010). Thermophilic bacilli and their importance in dairy processing. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 144(2), 215-225
[Journal article]Authored by: Burgess, S., Flint, S.
Burgess, SA., Brooks, JD., Rakonjac, J., Walker, KM., & Flint, SH. (2009). The formation of spores in biofilms of Anoxybacillus flavithermus. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 107(3), 1012-1018
[Journal article]Authored by: Burgess, S., Flint, S., Rakonjac, J.
Scott, SA., Brooks, JD., Rakonjac, J., Walker, KMR., & Flint, SH. (2007). The formation of thermophilic spores during the manufacture of whole milk powder. International Journal of Dairy Technology. 60(2), 109-117
[Journal article]Authored by: Burgess, S., Flint, S., Rakonjac, J.

Book

Seale, B., Burgess, S., Flint, S., Brooks, J., Bremer, P., & Parkar, S. (2015). Thermophilic spore-forming bacilli in the dairy industry. In Biofilms in the Dairy Industry. (pp. 112 - 137).
[Chapter]Authored by: Burgess, S., Flint, S.Edited by: Flint, S.
Flint, S., Palmer, J., Bremer, P., Seale, B., Brooks, J., Lindsay, D., . . . Burgess, S. (2011). Biofilm Formation. In Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences: Second Edition. (pp. 445 - 450).
[Chapter]Authored by: Burgess, S., Flint, S., Palmer, J.

Conference

Burgess, S., Toombs-Ruane, L., Biggs, P., Midwinter, A., & Benschop, J. (2018). Urban waterways a vehicle for the spread of antimicrobial resistant E. coli ?. Poster session presented at the meeting of NZMS-NZSBMB Joint Annual Conference 2018
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Benschop, J., Biggs, P., Burgess, S., Midwinter, A.
Burgess, SA. (2017, November). Research on AMR: NZ perspective. Presented at NZCFPN project - Antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial usage in New Zealand and China, with particular reference to the dairy value chain. Beijing, China.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Burgess, S.
Burgess, SA., Aplin, J., Biggs, P., Benschop, J., & Midwinter, A. (2017, December). New Zealand dairy cattle – a reservoir for antimicrobial resistant Serratia spp. Presented at One Health Aotearoa 3rd Symposium. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Benschop, J., Biggs, P., Burgess, S., Midwinter, A.
Burgess, SA., Flint, SH., Lindsay, D., & Biggs, PJ. (2016, October). Genomic insight into the adaptation of Geobacillus stearothermophilus to a milk powder. Presented at Omics Symposium V. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Biggs, P., Burgess, S., Flint, S.
Flint, SH., Biggs, P., & Burgess, SA. (2015, November). Genomic insights into the adaptation of Geobacillus stearothermophilus to a milk powder manufacturing plant. Presented at New Zealand Microbiological Society Conference. Rotorua, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Biggs, P., Burgess, S., Flint, S.
Flint, SH., & Burgess, SA. (2012, November). Identification of Geobacillus stearothermophilus strains that vary in their ability to form biofilms and produce spores. Presented at New Zealand Microbiological Society Conference. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Burgess, S., Flint, S.
Burgess, SA., Du Mez, E., Somerton, B., Walker, K., & Lindsay, D. (2011). Evaluating the biochemical profiles of dairy related Geobacillus and Anoxybacillus strains using commercially available kits. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Microbiological Society Conference
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Burgess, S.
Flint, SH., Burgess, S., & Lindsay, D. (2011). Differentiating Geobacillus isolates from dairy manufacture. Poster session presented at the meeting of NZ Microbiological Society Conference
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Burgess, S., Flint, S.

Other

Toombs-Ruane, L., Burgess, S., French, N., Biggs, PJ., Midwinter, A., Marshall, J., . . . Benschop, J. (2017, June). Faecal carriage of ESBL - and AmpC - producing Escherichia coli from co-habiting people and pets. In 7th symposium on antimicrobial resistance in animals and the environment. Presented at Braunschweig, germany.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Benschop, J., Biggs, P., Burgess, S., Douwes, J., French, N., Marshall, J., Midwinter, A., Roberts, M.

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Rose Collis - Doctor of Philosophy
    Metagenomic analysis and.culture-based. methods to examine prevalence and distribution of antibiotic resistance genes on dairy farms

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Leah Toombs-Ruane - Doctor of Philosophy
    Is the family pet a risk for multidrug resistant infections?

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