Dr. Xavier Harrison
Institute Research Fellow
- 2013–present: Research Fellow, Zoological Society of London
- 2011–2013: BBSRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter
- 2007–2010: NERC PhD Student, University of Exeter
- 2006–2007: Research Technician, UKPopNet, University of York
- 2003–2006: BSc.(Hons) Biology, University of York
I want to understand how associations with microbes shape the ecology and life history of animal hosts. I am particularly interested in how host-microbe interactions can protect animals from infection by pathogens. My research uses a combination of field studies and experimental systems.
I use a range of model systems to address these issues, including the emerging infectious pathogens of amphibians Ranavirus and the chytrid fungus B. dendrobatidis. I also maintain an active interest in studying the links between host-associated bacteria, genetics and fitness in avian systems, including cooperatively-breeding passerines and migratory geese.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=-LKz8tIAAAAJ&hl=en
Bates K, Clare FC, O’Hanlon S, Bosch J, Brookes L, Hopkins K, Mclaughlin E, Daniel O, Garner TWJ, Fisher MC, Harrison XA (2018) . Nature Communications https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-02967-w
Antwis RE & Harrison XA (2018) Probiotic Consortia Are Not Uniformly Effective Against Different Amphibian Chytrid Pathogen Isolates. Molecular Ecology http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.14456/full
Rebollar EA, Antwis RE, Belden LK, Becker MH, Bletz MC, Brucker R, Harrison XA, et al. (2016) Using “omics” and integrated multi-omics approaches to guide probiotic selection to mitigate chytridiomycosis and other emerging infectious diseases. Frontiers in Microbiology 7, 00068.