Dr Clare Ling
Operations and Laboratory Manager, COMRU
Clare Ling has worked at COMRU in Siem Reap, Cambodia since January 2021. She currently manages the Microbiology department, with a focus on quality management and development of sequencing methods there. In addition, she is part of the Laboratory Team for A Clinically Oriented Antimicrobial Resistance Network (ACORN) project.
Following her honours degree in Medical Microbiology at Edinburgh University, Clare completed a three-year Clinical Scientist training programme at Raigmore Hospital, in Inverness. During this time, she obtained an MSc in Molecular Medical Microbiology at Nottingham University and carried out research on Borrelia burgdorferi, the aetiological agent of Lyme disease, and was part of the team that isolated it from ticks in the Highlands of Scotland for the first time.
Clare then moved to the Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust, London (RFH) where she ran the molecular diagnostic service and undertook a PhD investigating a recently discovered Mycoplasma spp., Mycoplasma amphoriforme, with University College London (UCL). She then worked for the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) and in 2012 moved to Thailand where she worked at the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) on the Thai-Myanmar border for eight years. During her time there she managed the Microbiology department and led the laboratories; contributing to both humanitarian and research activities. In 2021 Clare was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath).
Antimicrobial resistance in commensal opportunistic pathogens isolated from non-sterile sites can be an effective proxy for surveillance in bloodstream infections
Vihta K-D. et al, (2021), Scientific Reports, 11
A multi-country study using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry for rapid identification of Burkholderia pseudomallei
Watthanaworawit W. et al, (2021), BMC Microbiology, 21
Impact of delays to incubation and storage temperature on blood culture results: a multi-centre study
Ling CL. et al, (2021), BMC Infectious Diseases, 21
Determinants of Primaquine and Carboxyprimaquine Exposures in Children and Adults with Plasmodium vivax Malaria
Chu CS. et al, (2021), Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 65
Antimicrobial resistance detection in Southeast Asian hospitals is critically important from both patient and societal perspectives, but what is its cost?
Roberts T. et al, (2021), PLOS Global Public Health, 1, e0000018 - e0000018