Bacteriophage Researcher, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
University of Leicester
Anisha Thanki graduated from Kings College London, UK, completed her MSc in Infection, immunity and inflammation at University of Leicester, after which persuaded a PhD at Loughborough University, UK. Her PhD focused on identifying and utilising the potential of bacteriophages, which are viruses that specifically infect bacteria. Bacteriophages offer a natural alternative to antibiotics in treating bacterial infections and can be used to develop specific bacterial diagnostic tests. For her post-doctoral research Anisha was funded by AHDB Pork and works in Professor Martha Clokie’s research group. Her research has focused on isolating bacteriophages against the enteric pathogens of pigs: Salmonella spp. and Brachyspira hyodysenteriae, the causative agent of swine dysentery. Her aim was to identify a set of bacteriophages that could be used therapeutically to treat these infections in pigs and significant progress has been made. Throughout the project she liaised with the Animal and Plant health agency (APHA) and the Veterinary Medicine Directorate (VMD) whose input has been valuable.