Dr. Kieran Bates​

E-mail: kieran.bates@biology.ox.ac.uk
My research focuses on how microbes interact with each other, their environment and the multicellular hosts that they colonise over space and time. I am particularly interested in the role of microbial communities in shaping ecological dynamics in nature and what impact these communities may have on the evolution of host resistance to infection.


Li, J.D., Bates, K.A., Hector, T.E., Hoang, K.L., Knowles, S.C., King, K.C. 2023. Experimental temperatures shape host microbiome diversity and composition. Global Change Biology 29, 41-56.
Wu-Chuang, A., Bates, K.A., Obregon, D., Estrada-Peña, A., King, K.C.*, Cabezas-Cruz, A.*. 2022. Rapid evolution of a novel protective symbiont into keystone taxon in C.elegans microbiota. Scientific Reports 12, 14045.
Bates, K.A., Neiman, M., Higgins, C., King, K.C. 2022. Turning the tide on sex and the microbiota in aquatic animals. Hydrobiologia. Published online.
Bates, K.A., Sommer, U., Hopkins, K.P. et al. 2022. Microbiome function predicts amphibian chytridiomycosis disease dynamics. Microbiome. In press.
Bates, K.A., King, K.C. 2021. Microbe of the month: Leucobacter. Trends in Microbiology.
Bates, K.A., Bolton, J.S., King, K.C. 2021. A globally ubiquitous symbiont can drive experimental host evolution. Molecular Ecology 30, 3882-3892.
Stevens, E., Bates, K.A., King, K.C. 2021. Host microbiota can facilitate pathogen infection. PLoS Pathogens 17, e1009514.
Marcogliese, D.J., King, K.C., Bates, K.A. 2021. Effects of multiple stressors on northern leopard frogs in agricultural wetlands. Parasitology 148, 827-834.
Bates, K.A., Shelton, J.M.G., Mercier, V.L., Hopkins, K., Harrison, X.A., Petrovan, S.O., Fisher, M.C. 2019. Captivity and infection by the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans perturb the amphibian skin microbiome. Frontiers in Microbiology 10, 1834.
Ghosh, P., Fisher, M.C., Bates, K.A. 2018. Tackling emerging fungal threats: a one health perspective. Frontiers in Genetics 9, 376.
Bates, K.A., Clare, F.C., O’Hanlon, S., Bosch, J., Brookes, L., Hopkins, K., McLaughlin, E., Daniel, E., Garner, T.W.J., Fisher, M.C., Harrison, X.A. 2018. Amphibian chytridiomycosis outbreak dynamics are linked with host skin bacterial community structure. Nature Communications 9, 693.
O’Hanlon, S…(56 authors)..Bates, K.A...Fisher, M.C. 2018. Recent Asian origin of chytrid fungi causing global amphibian declines. Science 360, 621-627.
Fisher, M.C., Ghosh, P., Shelton, J.M.G., Bates, K.A. et al. 2018. Development and worldwide use of a non-lethal and minimal population-level impact protocols for the isolation of chytrids from amphibians. Scientific Reports 8, 7772.
Dillon, M.J., Bowkett, A.E., Bungard, M.J., Beckman, K., O’Brien, M., Bates, K.A., Fisher, M.C., Stevens, J.R. Thornton, C.R. 2017. Tracking the amphibian pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans by using a highly specific monoclonal antibody and lateral-flow technology. Microbial Biotechnology 10, 381-394.


2018  PhD, Imperial College London.
2014 Biological Sciences MSci, UCL.


St. Hilda’s College Oxford Junior Research Fellowship
Christ Church College Oxford Research Grant, £28,000
NERC environmental OMICS course bursary, £2105
NBAF Metabolome Grant, £33,000
NERC PhD Studentship, £91,515