Prof Mark Stevens obtained a first class honours degree in Microbiology & Virology at the University of Warwick in 1992 before undertaking doctoral studies with Prof. Ian Roberts at the University of Leicester.
He obtained his PhD in 1996 on transcriptional control of capsule expression in E. coli associated with neonatal meningitis.
His initial postdoctoral research with Prof. Wendy Barclay at the University of Reading focused on transcription and replication of the influenza B virus genome and nucleoprotein trafficking.
He joined the Institute for Animal Health in 1999 to analyse the role of enterohaemorrhagic E. coli genes in intestinal colonisation of cattle together with Dr Tim Wallis. He extended this research in the years to follow, developing interests in the molecular basis of virulence of Salmonella, Campylobacter, Burkholderia and avian pathogenic E. coli.
He has used award-winning genetic, surgical, ex vivo and whole-animal approaches to unravel the basis of bacterial persistence and pathogenesis in food-producing animals.
He was promoted four times in seven years at IAH, leading the Enteric Bacterial Pathogens Laboratory at Compton from 2005. He joined The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in January 2011.