Martin Maiden

Professor of Molecular Epidemiology Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow & Fellow of Hertford College

Martin Maiden's research aims to translate the findings of investigations into population biology and the evolution of bacterial pathogens into benefits for human health, through public health interventions such as vaccination.

His group's studies of biology of the pathogen Campylobacter jejuni, the most common cause of bacterial gastroenteritis in the UK and a pathogen of global significance use molecular and, increasingly whole genome, approaches to examine the transmission of the bacteria to humans from food animals, in particular from poultry, and how human agricultural activity is changing the evolution of these economically important bacteria.


Recent Relevant Publications: 
  1. McCarthy, N. D., Gillespie, I. A., Lawson, A. J., Richardson, J., Neal, K. R., Hawtin, P. R., Maiden, M. C. & O'Brien, S. J. (2012). Molecular epidemiology of human Campylobacter jejuni shows association between seasonal and international patterns of disease. Epidemiol Infect, 1-9.
  2. Sheppard, S. K., Colles, F. M., McCarthy, N. D., Strachan, N. J. C., Ogden, I. D., Forbes, K. J., Dallas, J. F. & Maiden, M. C. J. (2011). Niche segregation and genetic structure of Campylobacter jejuni populations from wild and agricultural host species. Mol Ecol  20, 3484-3490.
  3. Colles, F. M., McCarthy, N. D., Layton, R. & Maiden, M. C. (2011). The prevalence of Campylobacter amongst a free-range broiler breeder flock was primarily affected by flock age. PLoS One  6, e22825.
  4. Sheppard, S. K., Dallas, J. F., Strachan, N. J., MacRae, M., McCarthy, N. D., Wilson, D. J., Gormley, F. J., Falush, D., Ogden, I. D., Maiden, M. C. & Forbes, K. J. (2009). Campylobacter genotyping to determine the source of human infection. Clin Infect Dis  48, 1072-1078.
  5. Sheppard, S. K., McCarthy, N. D., Falush, D. & Maiden, M. C. (2008). Convergence of Campylobacter species: implications for bacterial evolution. Science  320, 237-239.