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., Emergence of dominant toxigenic M1T1 Streptococcus pyogenes clone during increased scarlet fever activity in England: a population-based molecular epidemiological study, Lancet Infectious Diseases, ISSN:1473-3099
et al., Risk factor profiles and clinical outcomes for children and adults with pneumococcal infections in Singapore: a need to expand vaccination policy?, Plos One, ISSN:1932-6203
et al., Staphylococcus aureus colonisation and acquisition of skin and soft tissue infection amongst Royal Marines recruits: A prospective cohort study, Clinical Microbiology and Infection, ISSN:1198-743X
et al., 2019, Two year analysis of Clostridium difficile ribotypes associated with increased severity, Journal of Hospital Infection, ISSN:0195-6701
et al., 2019, Sampling and diversity of Escherichia coli from the enteric microbiota in patients with Escherichia coli bacteraemia, Bmc Research Notes, Vol:12, ISSN:1756-0500