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
My research focusses on both host-pathogen and host-microbiome interactions, using a combination of field studies and experimental systems. I am particularly interested in understanding how symbiotic bacteria shape the ecology and life history of their hosts, and provide protection from infection by pathogens.
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.
Antwis RE & Harrison XA (submitted) Diversity predicts ability of bacterial consortia to mitigate a lethal fungal pathogen. Submitted to ISME J
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.
Harrison XA (2015) A comparison of observation-level random effect and Beta-Binomial models for modeling overdispersion in Binomial data in ecology & evolution. PeerJ 3, e1114.
Antwis RE, Preziosi R, Harrison XA & Garner TWJ (2015) Amphibian symbiotic bacteria do not show universal ability to inhibit growth of the global pandemic lineage of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81, 3706–3711. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00010-15.
Harrison XA (2014) Using observation-level random effects to model overdispersion in count data in ecology and evolution. PeerJ 2, e616.