Susan Paton


Susan Paton

Project Team Leader, Aerobiology and Bacteriology
Public Health England








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Research area keywords:

TB aerosol challenge, animal models



I have 11+ years of experience in conducting research on a wide range of bacteria and viruses, with particular focus on aerobiology and environmental survival. I have recently moved into the field of TB research, as a project team leader of a team testing novel therapeutics in small animal models. Currently focussed on applying my aerobiology and bacteriology experience to refinement of ultra-low dose challenges and post-exposure treatments.


Key Publications:

Patel, M.R., Pearson, V.K., Evans, D.J., Summers, D.J., Paton, S., Truscott, P., Pottage, T., Bennett, A., Gow, J.P.D., Goodyear, M.D., et al. (2019). The transfer of unsterilized material from Mars to Phobos: Laboratory tests, modelling and statistical evaluation. Life Sci. Space Res.

Paton, S., Thompson, K.-A., Parks, S.R., and Bennett, A.M. (2015). Reaerosolization of spores from flooring surfaces to assess the risk of dissemination and transmission of infections. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 81, 4914–4919.

Thompson, K.-A., Pappachan, J.V., Bennett, A.M., Mittal, H., Macken, S., Dove, B.K., Nguyen-Van-Tam, J.S., Copley, V.R., O’Brien, S., Hoffman, P., et al. (2013). Influenza Aerosols in UK Hospitals during the H1N1 (2009) Pandemic - The Risk of Aerosol Generation during Medical Procedures. PLoS ONE 8.

Thompson, K.-A., Paton, S., Pottage, T., and Bennett, A.M. (2018). Sampling and inactivation of wet disseminated spores from flooring materials, using commercially available robotic vacuum cleaners. J. Appl. Microbiol. 125, 1030–1039.