Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Associate



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Wright Fleming WingSt Mary's Campus





Alex is a Research Associate whose work focuses on the microbiota of infants.

He is currently studying the correlation between the development of the gut microbiota and cases of necrotising enterocolitis and late-onset sepsis. This work is being conducted as part of the Neonatal Microbiota study (NeoM), an ecological study of the microbiota of premature infants, and is supported by the Winnicott Foundation and previously Meningitis UK.

Alex completed his PhD at the University of Manchester where he applied Systems Biology approaches to the study of DNA replication in human cell lines. He also obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Bioinformatics from Imperial College.



Wopereis H, Sim K, Shaw A, et al., 2018, Intestinal microbiota in infants at high risk for allergy: Effects of prebiotics and role in eczema development, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol:141, ISSN:0091-6749, Pages:1334-+

Shaw AG, Black N, Rushd A, et al., 2017, Assessing the Colonic Microbiota in Children: Effects of Sample Site and Bowel Preparation, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Vol:64, ISSN:0277-2116, Pages:230-237

Rose G, Shaw AG, Sim K, et al., 2017, Antibiotic resistance potential of the healthy preterm infant gut microbiome, Peerj, Vol:5, ISSN:2167-8359

Shaw AG, Sim K, Powell E, et al., 2016, Latitude in sample handling and storage for infant faecal microbiota studies: the elephant in the room?, Microbiome, Vol:4, ISSN:2049-2618

Shaw AG, Sim K, Randell P, et al., 2015, Late-Onset Bloodstream Infection and Perturbed Maturation of the Gastrointestinal Microbiota in Premature Infants, Plos One, Vol:10, ISSN:1932-6203

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