Becca is a digital marine biologist within the Marine Ecology and Biodiversity group. She has broad expertise in bioinformatics and is passionate about the application of high throughout sequencing to understand marine ecosystems and how these are affected by stressors such as pathogens, pollutants and climate change.
Becca completed her PhD in bioinformatics in 2020 where she applied high throughput sequencing to study the transcriptomic responses of susceptible and resistant crustaceans to White Spot Syndrome Virus challenge. She is knowledgeable in all aspect of sequencing experimental design from nucleotide extraction to analysis.
Prior to joining PML in 2023, she held positions as a Senior Bioinformatician at Sanquin in The Netherlands, as a Data Analyst, and as Team Leader for the Epidemiology and Risk Modelling group at Cefas.
- Millard RS, Bickley LK, Bateman KS, Verbruggen B, Farbos A, Lange A, Moore KA, Stentiford GD, Tyler CR, van Aerle R and Santos EM. 2022. Resistance to white spot syndrome virus in the European shore crab is associated with suppressed virion trafficking and heightened immune responses. Frontiers in Immunology 13:1057421. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.1057421
- Millard RS, Bickley LK, Bateman KS, Farbos A, Minardi D, Moore K, Ross SH, Stentiford GD, Tyler CR, van Aerle R, Santos EM. 2021. Global mRNA and miRNA Analysis Reveal Key Processes in the Initial Response to Infection with WSSV in the Pacific Whiteleg Shrimp. Viruses. 13(6). doi: 10.3390/v13061140
- Millard RS, Ellis RP, Bateman KS, Bickley LK, Tyler CR, van Aerle R and Santos EM. 2021. How do abiotic environmental conditions influence shrimp susceptibility to disease? A critical analysis focussed on White Spot Disease. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 186. doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2020.107369