Dr Thuy Do
- Position: Associate Professor in Microbiology
- Areas of expertise: Bacteriology; microbial culturing methods; oral biofilms; microbiomes; next generation sequencing; genomics; transcriptomics; metagenomics; bioinformatics.
- Email: N.T.Do@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 8936
- Location: 7.13 Wellcome Trust Brenner Building
- Website: Twitter | LinkedIn | ORCID
Dr Thuy Do
Primary research theme: Microbiology and Cell Biology
Thuy Do gained a degree in Biochemistry from the Université of Strasbourg, France in 1998. She also holds a BSc (Hons 2ii) in Food Science and Nutrition (1999) and an MSc Analytical Chemistry (2000) from Teesside University, UK and a PhD in Bioprocess Development (2004) from De Montfort University, Leicester.
She held a Postdoctoral Research Associate post at King’s College, London, Department of Microbiology, Dental Institute, Guy’s Hospital, UK from 2004–2012. In 2012 she moved to take a lectureship in Microbiology at the University of Leeds School of Dentistry.
She has experience in planning and conducting research activities, studying oral bacterial diversity and evolution and has engaged in numerous projects which formed part of national and international collaborations. Other important roles have included data handling (statistical analyses, high throughput genome sequence, reads mapping and analyses) as well as writing and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals.\n\nAs a Lecturer in Microbiology, Thuy Do is further developing her research on characterizing the oral microbiome through the use of next generation sequencing technologies. She teaches Microbiology modules to undergraduate dental students and also has supervisory responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
- Module Lead
Thuy Do's research interests include the investigation of the phylogenetic diversity of the oral microbiota and its association with various infectious diseases, as well as the functional biology governing complex interactions within oral biofilms.
Currently, her main focus is the application of high throughput sequencing (HTS) to characterise the oral microbiome, through the use of metagenomics and meta-transcriptomics (RNA-Seq). The aim is to better understand mechanisms of dysbiosis and host-microbiome interactions, with the possibility of enhancing future diagnostic tools. This will be carried out with microbiome profiling and differential gene expression analysis of various biological samples.
Other research activities:
- Associate Editor for Oral Diseases (2018 – 2022)
- Editorial Board member for Scientific Reports
- Associate Editor for the Journal of Medical Microbiology
- Associate Editor for Frontiers in Oral Health (Oral Infections and Microbes)
- Review Editor for Bacteria and Host (Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology)
- Guest Associate Editor for Frontiers Research Topic (https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/15541)
- Editor for Frontiers Research Topic: “Rising Stars in Bacteria and Host: 2022” (https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/31692/rising-stars-in-bacteria-and-host-2022)
- Topical Advisory Panel member for Biomolecules (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/biomolecules)
- Member of the IADR Joseph Lister Award for New Investigators Committee (2019-2022), and of the IADR Science Information Committee (2021-2024).
- Licence es Sciences (French undergraduate degree)
- Microbiology Society
- International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
- Society for Applied Microbiology
- British Society for Oral and Dental Research
- Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group (part of BSODR)
- European Oral Microbiology Workshops
Co-module lead for DSUR3210.
I also presently teach on the following modules: DSUR1128, DSUR1230, DSUR2010, DSUR2200 and DSUR5138M.
Research groups and institutes
- Microbiology and cell biology
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