Patrick Taylor    

Pat received his B.Sc. in Cell Biology and Genetics in 2009 and his M.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology in 2014, both at the University of British Columbia. He then did his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Ottawa graduating in 2019. He is now a postdoctoral fellow studying how environmental bacteria can cause severe infections and is jointly supervised by Dr. Amy Lee and Dr. Fiona Brinkman here in the department. His work focuses on characterizing two notoriously antimicrobial resistant pathogens, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa that are among the World Health Organization top priority pathogens needing new therapeutics.

His aim is to gain new understanding of both how antimicrobial resistance occurs, as well as how these pathogens cause disease using both experimental and bioinformatic approaches to achieve this. The latter is being used to help identify novel antivirulence approaches for disease control. This work is being done from a One Health perspective where public health must be understood from the interconnectedness of human, environmental, and animal health. Pat grew up here on the south coast of British Columbia and feels a deep connection to the city, people, and nature we are privileged to have here. With this he has a strong sense of responsibility to use his abilities to help contribute to improving the health of both people and the environment.