Dr. D. Ashley Robinson's Research

Our research is focused on identifying, characterizing, and ultimately understanding the processes that give rise to biological diversity in some of the most clinically-problematic bacteria. We combine the use of genetic and genomic tools with epidemiological and evolutionary concepts to reveal the origin and natural history of these bacteria. This research can guide the development of diagnostics and public health surveillance efforts, and it can lead to novel strategies for infection control and prevention. We are presently focused on studies of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Streptococcus pneumoniae.