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Katie Robins

Assessing the different sources of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the UK.


Project supervisors

  • Prof David Graham
  • Dr Anke Neumann

Project description

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) refers to microbes that become resistant to antibiotics. AMR is a global problem and poses a threat to human and animal health. According to a recent review on AMR, infections resistant to treatment may result in 10 million deaths. This figure exceeds deaths by cancer.

Common sources of AMR include wastewater treatment plants, agriculture and healthcare clinics. There is widespread pollution in highly populated areas such as the UK. This means that the contribution of different sources of AMR is difficult to define.

I will investigate the relative contribution of sources that result in the spread of anthropogenic AMR in the UK. I will carry out my investigations against the backdrop of pristine environments.

Ultimately, I will identify signature outputs. This will enable policymakers to design interventions to reduce environmental AMR. My research is focusing on the Eden catchment in Cumbria and the Coquet catchment in Northumberland.

The Environment Agency, UK (EA) and the Department of Food and Rural Affairs, UK (DEFRA) are supporting my research.


I like climbing, running and generally being outside


  • MSc Environmental Engineering (Newcastle University)
  • MEarthSci Geology and Physical Geography (University of Edinburgh)