Dr Emma Monaghan

Dr Emma Monaghan

School of Biosciences
Senior Research Technician

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Dr Emma Monaghan is a research scientist interested in understanding how bacterial pathogens cause disease and persist. Emma currently works in an interdisciplinary team of scientists and mathematicians on research projects investigating the underlying biology and epidemiology of footrot in sheep. 



  • PhD in microbial ecology of sheep mammary glands, Life Sciences, University of Warwick 2014
  • MSc in developing laboratory tests to test bacterial pathogens associated with mastitis in sheep, University of Warwick, 2010
  • BSc in Biological Sciences with Microbiology, University of Warwick, 2009


Dr Emma Monaghan completed a BSc in Biological Sciences with Microbiology at the University of Warwick in 2009 where she developed an interest in how bacteria function and cause disease. This led her to join the research group of Professor Laura Green to complete a research masters developing laboratory tests to identify bacteria associated with mastitis in sheep.

Emma was then awarded a BBSRC CASE Studentship at the University of Warwick to investigate the bacterial communities in sheep udders before taking on a technical role working on projects on footrot in sheep. She is now based in the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham, where she is continuing her research on bacterial diseases in farmed animals.


  • Molecular epidemiology of infectious bacterial diseases
  • Bacterial persistence and transmission
  • Health and welfare of farmed livestock
  • High throughput sequencing technologies




Other activities

Additional roles

  • School of Biosciences Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Technical staff line manager
  • University of Birmingham A2B scheme tutor

Committee Membership

  • Deputy Chair of School of Biosciences Health and Safety Committee
  • Member of University of Birmingham Technical Academy Operations Group
  • Member of College of Life and Environmental Sciences Genetic Modifications Committee
  • Member of Microbiology Society (2011-present), British Society for Animal Sciences (2012-present) and Animal Welfare Research Network (2018-present)
  • Member of Institute of Science and Technology (2018-present)

Additional Qualifications

  • Home Office Personal Licence Holder


  • Shortlisted for Royal Society of Biology Technician of the Year (2018)
  • Nominated for Warwick Teaching Excellence Award (2017) for postgraduate supervision


Reeves, M.C, Prosser, N.S, Monaghan, E.M and Green, L.E. (2019). Footbathing, formalin and foot trimming: The 3Fs associated with granulomas and shelly hoof in sheep. The Veterinary Journal, 250, pp. 28-35. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2019.06.002

Atia, J., Monaghan, E.M, Kaler, J., Purdy, K.J., Green, L.E. and Keeling, M.J. (2017). Mathematical modelling of ovine footrot in the UK: the effect of Dichelobacter nodosus and Fusobacterium necrophorum on disease dynamics. Epidemics, 21, pp. 13-20. doi: 10.1016/j.epidem.2017.04.001

Smith, E.M.,Monaghan, E.M,  Huntley, S.J., Green L.E. (2011). Short communication: Preliminary investigation into the effect of freezing and a cryopreservant on the recovery of mastitis pathogens from ewe milk. Journal of Dairy Science, 94(10), pp.4850-4855. doi: 10.3168/jds.2010-4076