Project & research Interests: My research aims to determine the functional microbial ecology of slow sand filters (SSFs) by carrying out both field sampling (at an industrial SSF site) and laboratory experimentation (creation of lab-scale SSFs). To answer this complex question I am using a combination of traditional microbiological techniques alongside next-generation sequencing (454 and Illumina) and DNA-SIP.
Background: Previously I have worked on the virulence of Yersinia ruckeri in Atlantic Salmon and Rainbow Trout. I have also worked on understanding the adherence mechanisms of Mannheimia haemolytica to ovine and bovine bronchial epithelial cells and organ cultures. Furthermore, I have worked on the biofilm-forming potential of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on engineered surfaces.
My full profile is on the University of Glasgow website.
- S. Haig, G. Collins, R. Davies, C. Dorea, and C. Quince. Biological aspects of slow sand filtration: past, present and future. Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 11(4):468–472, 2011.
- S. Haig. Adherence of Mannheimia haemolytica to ovine bronchial epithelial cells. Bioscience Horizons, 4(1):50, 2011.
- D. Verner-Jeffreys, S. Haig, T. Welch, M. Pond, D. Stone, R. Davies, and R. Gardner. Characterisation of a serotype O1 Yersinia ruckeri isolate from the Isle of Man: further evidence that o antigen serotype is not a reliable indicator of virulence. European Association of Fish Pathologists, 31(3):86–91, 2011.
- S. Haig, R. Davies, T. Welch, R. Reese, and D. Verner-Jeffreys. Comparative susceptibility of Atlantic Salmon and Rainbow Trout to Yersinia ruckeri: relationship to O antigen serotype and resistance to serum killing.Veterinary Microbiology, 147(1-2):155–161, 2011.
- D. Verner-Jeffreys, T. Welch, T. Schwarz, M. Pond, M. Woodward, S. Haig, G. Rimmer, E. Roberts, V. Morrison, and C. Baker-Austin. High prevalence of multidrug-tolerant bacteria and associated antimicrobial resistance genes isolated from ornamental fish and their carriage water. PLoS One, 4(12):e8388, 2009.