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Laura Carroll

Assistant university lecturer



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Assistant professor at Department of Clinical Microbiology
6F och 6M, Universitetssjukhuset by 6 o 24 Umeå universitet, 901 85 Umeå
Affiliated as other position at Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS)
6L, Institutionen för molekylärbiologi Institutionen för molekylärbiologi, 90187 Umeå

For more information, go to microbe.dev to see our group website.

Laura Carroll's lab develops and utilizes bioinformatic approaches to monitor and combat the spread of bacterial pathogens.

(Meta)genomic sequencing is playing an increasingly pivotal role in clinical and public health microbiology. As such, the amount of publicly available (meta)genomic data derived from microbes—including pathogens—is growing rapidly. As a computational microbiology group, we develop and utilize bioinformatic approaches, which can leverage these massive data sets to improve pathogen surveillance, source tracking, outbreak detection, and risk evaluation efforts.

Specifically, we develop and deploy (i) phylodynamic models, which can be used to track the evolution and transmission of zoonotic pathogens between animal reservoirs and the human population; (ii) machine learning approaches, which can be used to identify microbial genomic determinants associated with phenotypes of clinical and industrial importance (e.g., host disease states, antimicrobial resistance phenotypes); and (iii) multi-omics methods, which can be used to predict pathogen virulence potential. We are also passionate about bridging the gap between experimental and computational microbiologists by making (meta)genomic data analysis methods accessible and approachable to all through teaching and outreach.

Microbial Genomics, Microbiology Society 2023, Vol. 9, (7)
Carroll, Laura M.; Piacenza, Nicolo; Cheng, Rachel A.; et al.
Frontiers in Microbiology, Frontiers Media S.A. 2023, Vol. 14
Carroll, Laura M.; Pierneef, Rian; Mafuna, Thendo; et al.
Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Frontiers Media S.A. 2023, Vol. 13
Gaballa, Ahmed; Wiedmann, Martin; Carroll, Laura M.

Research groups

Head of research
Laura Carroll Lab