Modupeh Betts

PhD Student

Division of Infection and Immunity
University College London

Modupeh comes from Gambia with many years of experience as a research assistant at the MRC Unit The Gambia (MRCG) at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a leading African research institute in infectious diseases. His work at MRCG mainly focused on the molecular characterisation of pathogens relevant to public health, such as Streptocococcus pneumoniae. He also worked in nutritional epigenetics and guided field studies at MRCG. Modupeh obtained a first-class BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree from Kingston University in 2013. He went on to obtain a MSc Bioinformatics with distinction from Queen Mary University in 2017. He was recently awarded a MPRU PhD studentship that is fully funding his studies at University College London in bacterial transcriptomics with Robert Heyderman in the Division of Infection and Immunity. His PhD work will be on leveraging next generation sequencing and bioinformatics techniques to gain deeper insights into the mechanisms underlying Streptococcus pneumoniae infection and colonisation.

 

Links to recent publications:

1) Silver MJ, Saffari A, Kessler NJ, Chandak GR, ... , Betts M, et al. 2019. Environmentally sensitive hotspots in the methylome of the early human embryo.  BioRxiv doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1101/777508.

2) Armitage AE, Agbla SC, Betts M, et al. 2019. Rapid growth is a dominant predictor of hepcidin suppression and declining ferritin in Gambian infants. Haematologica 104(8):1542-53.

3) Ikumapayi UN, Boisen. N, Hossain MJ, Betts M, et al. 2017. Identification of subsets of enteroaggregative Escherichia coli associated with diarrheal disease among under 5 years of age children from rural Gambia. Am J Trop Med Hyg 97(4):997-1004.