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Miss Victoria Miari

BSc MSc PgDip

Principal Scientific Officer
& Clinical Scientist

Room
373/355/352

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
020 7927 2170

Trained and HCPC registered Clinical Scientist in Microbiology, with a specialist interest in Sexually Transmitted Infections. Has been involved in various research studies including HSV, syphilis and gonorrhoea. A particular interest is antimicrobial resistance in STIs and specifically Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Received B.Sc. in Infectious Diseases from the University of East London and subsequently gained an M.Sc. in Clinical Microbiology by Queen Mary University of London and Pg.Dip. in Sexual Health by Glasgow Caledonian University. Was accepted in the competitive clinical scientist training programme with the British National Health Service and as part of this, sat the FRCPath Part 1 examination in Clinical Microbiology.  

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Division of Education
Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology

Centres

Antimicrobial Resistance Centre

Teaching

MSc Programmes:

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Control of Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases (DL)

MSc Modules:

  • Core bacteriology & Virology
  • Clinical Bacteriology 1 & 2 (Deputy MO)
  • Clinical Virology (Deputy MO)
  • Mycology
  • Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Bacterial Infections (DL - Deputy MO)

She leads the Core Bacteriology and Core Virology module practical teaching for the MSc in Medical Microbiology and supports practical classes for clinical bacteriology, clinical virology and mycology modules. She also the deputy module organiser for the Clinical Virology, Clinical Bacteriology 1& 2 and DL Bacterial Infections modules.

She also delivers lectures in the Core Bacteriology and Clinical Bacteriology modules. She regularly supervises MSc project students.

  • 2013-2014: Multisite Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection and antimicrobial resistance
  • 2014-2015: Optimisation of broth culture for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and gene transfer from commensal Neisserias
  • 2016-2017: Understanding the mechanism of resistance for the novel antimicrobial closthioamide in Neisseria gonorrhoeae  

Research

Research interests: Clinical diagnostics, Antimicrobial resistance, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Pharyngeal gonorrhoea, AMR surveillance, Health Services Research.

Victoria’s research focuses on antimicrobial resistant gonorrhoea and how pharyngeal infection facilitates development and transmission of AMR. Specifically she is interested in the role of commensal species in the genetic transfer of AMR genes, as well as the evaluation novel treatments for gonorrhoea such as topical antiseptics.

She is now evaluating the in vitro efficacy of chlorhexidine against N. gonorrhoeae with the view to implement chlorhexidine containing solutions as gonococcal treatment, thereby improving antimicrobial stewardship.

As part of her expertise in diagnostics, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and public health, she is also interested in multi-site gonorrhoea infection and how that impacts on the above areas. She has found that ina small cohort of male and female patietns with multi-site gonorrhoea, 16% of these patients carried different strains in the different sites.

Research Area
Diagnostics
Drug resistance
Sexual health
Reproductive health
Discipline
Bacteriology
Microbiology
Molecular biology
Virology
Disease and Health Conditions
Syphilis
Herpesviruses
HIV/AIDS
Infectious disease
Hospital acquired infection
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Sexually transmitted infection
Region
Euro area

Selected Publications

In vitro susceptibility to closthioamide among clinical and reference strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Miari, V.F. ; Solanki, P. ; Hleba, Y. ; Stabler, R.A. ; Heap, J.T. ;
2017
Antimicrob Agents Chemother
Is there a role for topical antiseptics in the treatment of gonorrhoea?
Miari, V.F. ; Ison, C.A. ;
2016
Sex Transm Infect
See all Miss Victoria Miari's Publications