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Jessica Proctor

Technical Consultant
PhD Project Title
Mechanisms for aerosolisation of microbial particles from liquid surfaces – understanding fluid mediated transmission pathways of infectious diseases


Graduated in 2014 from University of Leeds, BSc Mathematics.

After graduation I took a year out to work in Austria as a chalet host and complete a ski season, after this I travelled Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Research Interests

My PhD aims to investigate the fundamental relationships between microorganisms, liquid properties and aerosolisation with a particular focus on airborne infection in people with cystic fibrosis. Through a series of biological experiments, a cross- section hospital study and mathematical modelling I aim to bring a fluid dynamics focus to what is seen as a biological problem. My work to date has focussed on providing robust evidence for airborne transmission and understanding the transmission process of two bacteria P. aeruginosa and M. abscessus.

Why I chose the CDT in Fluid Dynamics

Coming from a mathematical background I chose the CDT because of the interdisciplinary element as it gave me a great opportunity to develop my skills in many areas. It also appealed to me because of its strong links with industry and that I get to work with a cohort of students as we will be able to learn off each other and support each other through our PhD's.