My background is in the social interactions between bacteria and the impact of these interactions on pathogen virulence. Most of my past work has been theory and mathematical modeling, and I am now doing experiments and working with big data.
I grew up in Los Alamos, NM and Houston, TX. I attended the University of Texas at Austin for my undergraduate degree in math. After that I did my graduate work in evolutionary biology in the UK– the first two years at the University of Oxford and the second two at the University of Edinburgh. I then began working in the Whiteley lab.
Cornforth, D. M. et al. ‘Erratic Flu Vaccination Emerges from Short-Sighted Behavior in Contact Networks’. PLoS Computational Biology. (2011).
Brown, S. P., D. M. Cornforth, and N. Mideo. ‘Evolution of Virulence in Opportunistic Pathogens: Generalism, Plasticity, and Control’. Trends in microbiology (2012).
Cornforth, D. M. et al. ‘Synergy and Group Size in Microbial Cooperation.’ The American Naturalist (2012).
Faculty of 1000 Recommended Cornforth, Daniel M., and Kevin R. Foster. ‘Competition Sensing: The Social Side of Bacterial Stress Responses’. Nature Reviews Microbiology (2013).
Cornforth, Daniel M.*, Roman Popat*, Luke McNally*, James Gurney, Thomas C. Scott-Phillips, Alasdair Ivens, Stephen P. Diggle, and Sam P. Brown. "Combinatorial quorum sensing allows bacteria to resolve their social and physical environment." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2014). (* indicates shared first authorship)
Popat, R., Cornforth, D. M., McNally, L., & Brown, S. P. Collective sensing and collective responses in quorum-sensing bacteria. Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2015).
Cornforth D. M., Matthews A., Brown S. P., Raymond B. "Bacterial cooperation causes systematic errors in pathogen risk assessment due to the failure of the Independent Action Hypothesis". PLoS Pathogens. (2015).
Cornforth, Daniel M., and Kevin R. Foster. 'Antibiotics and the art of bacterial war.' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). (Commentary on http://www.pnas.org/content/112/35/11054.abstract )