Elita Jauneikaite is an Imperial College Research Fellow in Bacterial Genomics and Epidemiology at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Elita's research focuses on evolution, transmission and antimicrobial resistance of vaccine preventable and healthcare associated bacterial infections.
Prior her fellowship, Elita was a postdoctoral research associate at NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in HCAI and AMR, leading analysis of whole genome sequences of methicillin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, C. difficile, Streptococcus and other strains collected from specified populations. Additionally, Elita was studying the phenotypes of these bacteria in relation to the WGS data to determine virulence traits and that may be linked to successful colonization, transmission or invasiveness in the case of skin and soft tissue infections or bacteraemia.
Elita completed her PhD in 2014 investigating the prevalence of serotypes and genotypes of disease-causing Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates in Singapore over the last 15 years. Elita used 1760 pneumococcal whole genome sequences to investigate the structure of this pneumococcal population in relation to the epidemiological data available and pneumococcal vaccine implementation in Singapore. This was achieved with a collaboration between four major hospitals in Singapore, Genome Institute of Singapore and University of Southampton.
et al., 2018, Serial Clustering of Late-Onset Group B Streptococcal Infections in the Neonatal Unit: A Genomic Re-evaluation of Causality, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol:67, ISSN:1058-4838, Pages:854-860
et al., 2017, Nosocomial Outbreak of Drug-Resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae Serotype 9V in an Adult Respiratory Medicine Ward, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Vol:55, ISSN:0095-1137, Pages:776-782
et al., 2015, Current methods for capsular typing of Streptococcus pneumoniae, Journal of Microbiological Methods, Vol:113, ISSN:0167-7012, Pages:41-49
et al., 2014, Genetic diversity of Streptococcus pneumoniae causing meningitis and sepsis in Singapore during the first year of PCV7 implementation, Emerging Microbes & Infections, Vol:3, ISSN:2222-1751
et al., 2012, Direct molecular typing of Bordetella pertussis from clinical specimens submitted for diagnostic quantitative (real-time) PCR, Journal of Medical Microbiology, Vol:61, ISSN:0022-2615, Pages:1662-1668