Jordan Ashworth

Current Research Project

My research focuses on virus discovery and zoonosis within human and animal populations in Vietnam. In partnership with the the VIZIONS (Vietnamese Initiative on Zoonotic InfectiONS) consortium, I analyse metagenomic sequence data derived from faecal samples collected from enteric hospital patients, animals (including bats, pigs and rats) and high risk individuals with occupational exposure to animals.



I completed my undergraduate studies in Biomedical Sciences BSc at the University of Manchester (2012-2015) where I first became interested in Bioinformatics and infectious disease. My research project involved predicting the stability changes in HIV surface proteins during infection through homology modelling with Modeller and stability analysis with Foldx. I then progressed on to a Bioinformatics MSc at Newcastle University (2015-2016) where I was optimising bacterial genome assembly for identification of novel antibiotics through genome mining. This was in partnership with Demuris, a drug discovery company based on campus.


  • Biomedical Sciences BSc(Hons), University of Manchester (2012 - 2015)
  • Bioinformatics MSc, Newcastle University (2015 - 2016)
  • Global Health PhD, University of Edinburgh (2016 - Present)


  • MSc - Women in STEM Scholarship (£10,000)
  • PhD - WT-VIZIONS (Vietnamese Initiative on Zoonotic InfectiONS)


Woolhouse M, Ashworth J, Bogaardt C, Tue, N. T., Baker, S., Thwaites, G., Phuc, T. M. Sample descriptors linked to metagenomic sequencing data from human and animal enteric samples from Vietnam. Scientific Data. 2019; 6(1): 202.


Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Micobiology

Hinxton, 2019

'Investigating Virus Diversity in Humans and Non-Human Aminals in Vietnam'

Microbiology Society Annual Conference

Birmingham, 2018

'Diversity of CRESS-DNA Viruses Circulating in Bats, Swine and Humans in Vietnam'