Lisa Williams
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I am a Senior Lecturer in Animal science, with a specialism in zoonotic diseases in animals. My passion for this topic, had led me to present at conferences throughout the world, including delivering key-notes speeches. In 2021, I co-organised CampyUK goes global, a virtual conference for those researchers with an interest in the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter spp. 

I obtained a BSc in Food, Nutrition and Consumer Protection from BathSpa University College (2001), a MSc in Meat Science and Technology (2003) and a PhD in Microbiology (2009) from the University of Bristol. Prior to my PhD, I worked for the Health Protection Agency in a busy laboratory. Post PhD, I undertook Postdoctoral positions at the University of Bristol (2009-2015) and Swansea University (2015-2020) before taking a lectureship at Hartpury University in 2020, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2023.


Current teaching

I teach across all levels of undergraduate provision.  The modules I lead include Pathology, Microbiology, Animal Disease and Epidemiology. I am also the programme manager for the BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science and BSc (Hons) Veterinary Bioscience  programmes and an academic personal tutor for levesl 4, 5 and 6. 

I have supervised many Undergraduate and Master's students projects to completion. I have also supervised PhD students to completion. I currently supervise 2 PhD students.

Research interests

My research focuses on the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter species. I am interested in host-pathogen interactions including the immune response, interventions particularly dietary additives as a method of control, extra-intestinal spread and whether or not Campylobacter is a commensal or pathogen of broiler chickens. I also have an interest in gut health of chickens and many other animals and microbial animal diseases. 

External positions and memberships

Associate Editor for Avian Pathology 

Member of the Microbiology Society

Education/Academic qualification

Microbiology, PhD, Optimisation of Detection Methods for the Foodborne Pathogen Campylobacter species, University of Bristol

Award Date: 17 Feb 2010

Meat Science, MSc, University of Bristol

Award Date: 30 Sept 2002

Food, Nutrition and Consumer Protection, BSc

Award Date: 30 Jun 2001


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