Sarah Haig

Degrees

• MSci (Hons) with industrial placement in Microbiology – University of Glasgow [2005 -2010],
• PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering – Thesis title: “Characterizing the Functional Microbial Ecology of Slow Sand Filters Through Environmental Genomics” – University of Glasgow [2010- 2014].

Work experience

• Industrial placement at CEFAS (Weymouth, UK, 2008-2009),
• Research assistant at the laboratory of Dr. Robert Davies [Summer 2010].

Areas of Interest:  Microbial ecology and physiology, public health microbiology, biological water and wastewater systems and bioinformatics.

Research Projects:  Currently, I have just been awarded a Microbiology of the Built Environment fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to link the drinking water microbiome to human health. Previously I have worked on the phylogeny, virulence and serum-susceptibility of Yersinia ruckeri to Atlantic Salmon and Rainbow Trout. This work involved the development of an MLST scheme in order to determine the relationships between previously described subgroups. Additionally the virulence of different strains of Y.ruckeri were compared alongside serum-susceptibility between Rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon. This work was carried out as part of an industrial placement at CEFAS. I have also worked on understanding the adherence mechanisms of Mannheimia haemolytica to ovine and bovine bronchial epithelial cells and organ cultures. Furthermore, I have worked on the biofilm forming potential of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on engineered surfaces.

Other Interests: In my spare time I love to bake and cook.

Honors and Awards: Microbiology of the Built Environment fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
• S. Haig, M. Schirmer, R. D’Amore, J. Gibbs, R. Davies, G. Collins and C. Quince. Stable-Isotope Probing and Metagenomics Reveal Protozoan Grazing as the Major Route for E.coli Removal in Slow Sand Filters. In press: ISME Journal, 2014.(doi:10.1038/ismej.2014.175)
• S. Haig, C. Quince, R. Davies, C. Dorea, and G. Collins. Validating the Performance and Microbial Community of Laboratory-Scale Slow Sand Filters with respect to Full-Scale Industrial Filters. Water Research, 61:141-151, 2014. (doi:10.1016/j.watres.2014.05.008)
• S. Haig, C. Quince, G. Collins, R.L. Davies, and C. Gauchotte-Lindsay.Progress in Slow Sand and Alternative Biofiltration Processes. Volume 5, Chapter 17: Bioaugmentation Reduces Negative Effect of Estrogens on Coliform Removal in Slow Sand Filters. IWA publishing, 2014. ISBN: 9781780406374
• S. Haig, G. Collins, R. Davies, C. Dorea, and C. Quince. Biological aspects of slow sand filtration: past, present and future. Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 11(4):468–472, 2011.(doi:10.2166/ws.2011.076)
• S. Haig. Adherence of Mannheimia haemolytica to ovine bronchial epithelial cells. Bioscience Horizons, 4(1):50, 2011. (doi: 10.1093/biohorizons/hzr007)
• D. Verner-Jeffreys, S. Haig, T. Welch, M. Pond, D. Stone, R. Davies, and R. Gardner. Characterisation of a serotype O1 Yersinia ruckeri isolate from the Isle of Man: further evidence that o antigen serotype is not a reliable indicator of virulence. European Association of Fish Pathologists, 31(3):86–91, 2011.
• S. Haig, R. Davies, T. Welch, R. Reese, and D. Verner-Jeffreys.Comparative susceptibility of Atlantic Salmon and Rainbow Trout to Yersinia ruckeri: relationship to O antigen serotype and resistance to serum killing. Veterinary Microbiology, 147(1-2):155–161, 2011. (doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2010.06.022)
• D. Verner-Jeffreys, T. Welch, T. Schwarz, M. Pond, M. Woodward,S. Haig, G. Rimmer, E. Roberts, V. Morrison, and C. Baker-Austin.High prevalence of multidrug-tolerant bacteria and associated antimicrobial resistance genes isolated from ornamental fish and their carriage water. PLoS One, 4(12):e8388, 2009.(doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008388)

Conference Presentations
• S. Haig, G. Collins, R. Davies, C. Quince and C. Gauchotte-Lindsay. Bioaugmentation mitigates the impact of Estrogen on coliform-grazing protozoa. Presented at The International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME), Seoul, South Korea, August 2014.
• S. Haig, G. Collins, R. Davies, C. Quince and C. Gauchotte-Lindsay. Bioaugmentation reduces negative effect of estrogens on coliform removal in slow sand filters. Presented at The 5th International Slow and Alternative Biological Filtration Conference, Nagoya, Japan, June 2014.
• S. Haig, G. Collins, R. Davies, and C. Quince. Exploring Coliform Removal in Slow Sand Filters using DNA-SIP Coupled with Metagenomics. Presented at Microbial Ecology in Water Engineering (MEWE), Ann Arbor, USA, July 2013.
• S. Haig, G. Collins, C. Dorea, R. Davies, and C. Quince. Pathogen removal in slow sand filters as revealed by stable isotope probing coupled with next generation sequencing. Presented at International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME), Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2012.
• S. Haig, C. Dorea, G. Collins, R. Davies, and C. Quince. Validating Laboratory Slow Sand Filtration Studies Through Water Quality and Molecular Analysis. Presented at Particle Separation, Berlin, Germany, June 2012.
• S. Haig, G. Collins, R. Davies, C. Dorea, and C. Quince. Biological aspects of slow sand filtration: past, present and future. Presented at UK National Young Water Professionals, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2011.

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