Staff Profile:Dr Anne L. McCartney

Name:
Dr Anne McCartney
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:

Senior Tutor

One of six staff members in the Food Microbial Sciences Unit.

Head of Microbial Ecology and Health Research Group (established 2006; currently includes 3 PhD students, 1 post-doctoral researcher and 2 visiting scientists).

Co-ordinator of one Part 2 and one Part 3 module (undergraduate teaching).

Lecturer on one other undergraduate teaching module and one postgraduate taught course module (MSc).

Supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate research students.

School Biological Safety Adviser.

Member of the University Sub-committee of Biological Safety.

Member of the SCFP Ethical Review Panel.

Chairperson of FMSU Examinations Scrutiny Panel.

Areas of Interest:

The human gut microbiota, with particular interests in paediatric microbial ecology and the interactions between the host and the gut bacteria (in health and disease). My research group is actively investigating the microbial ecology of human infants, the gut microbiota associated with autistic spectrum disorders and dietary strategies to improve the quality of life of these individuals (for example, by minimizing gut dysfunction). I am also interested in the importance and impact of diet on the gastrointestinal ecosystem and the host in general, including the application of functional foods (probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics). I have a growing interest in the impact of different medications on the gastrointestinal ecosystem (including anti-obesity or weight-loss therapies and medications used in psychological or behaviour-related treatments). My research group is also involved in studies of the faecal microbiota of cats and dogs, with the aim of improving their gut health (especially in relation to inflammatory bowel disease and chronic diarrhoea).

Recent and Ongoing Projects:

Examination of the diversity of members of the Coriobacteriaceae associated with the human gastrointestinal microbiota.

Microbial diversity and metabonomics of the human caecum in health and disease

Improved recovery of bacteriophage populations associated with the human gastrointestinal tract.

Investigation of the effect of orlistat, an anti-obesity therapy, on the gastrointestinal microbiota.

Determination of prevalence and diversity of lipase-positive bacteria present in the human faecal microbiota.

Investigation into the biological succession of the infant faecal microbiota.

In vitro examination of the effect of a probiotic Bacillus on population dynamics of the human faecal microbiota.

Characterization of aerobic bacilli isolated from human faecal samples.

Molecular-based characterization of the faecal microbiota of kittens, adult cats and geriatric cats.

In vivo assessment of the effects of probiotic administration on gastrointestinal function and the faecal microbiota in children with autistic spectrum disorder.

Investigations into the metabolism of tryptophan by members of the gastrointestinal microbiota.

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Qualifications:
PhD in Microbiology (University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ)
BSc (Hons) 1st class in Microbiology (University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ)

External Activities:

Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Probiotics and Prebiotics.

Member of BNF Taskforce Nutrition and development: short and long term consequences for health (In press).

Member of BARN (Berkshire Autism Research Network); launched 2012.

Member of Autism Research Group at University of Reading (preceding body to BARN; 2006-2012).

Food Staff - McCartney

Contact Details

Email:
a.l.mccartney@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 8593
Fax:
0118 931 0080
Building:
Food Biosciences 3-37

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