Meet our Champions

Society Champions help raise the profile of the Microbiology Society in their local area. They do this by initiating activities and events of their own, or participating in Society-led events.

Find out more about the Champion(s) in your local area.

Eastern

  • Nicola Crewe (University of Lincoln, UK)

    Email: ncrewe@lincoln.ac.uk

    Nicola is a Senior Lecturer at Lincoln University and has been a Champion since day one. She is a strong advocate of promoting microbiology widely among undergraduates from all relevant disciplines. Currently she is based in the National Centre for Food Manufacturing on the Holbeach campus, and as such, works closely with a wide range of industrial partners within the food industry. The majority of students enrolled on courses within the school are apprentices working in the food industry and carrying out their studies as part-time distance learners. She is also involved in a number of research projects that involve both academic and industrial collaborators. Recently she was appointed to the Professional Development committee, and was involved in developing the “Teaching Microbiology in Higher Education” symposium that took place at the Annual Conference in 2019.

    “Microbiology is a critical part of the development and success of the food industry, not only to ensure that products are safe for the consumer, but also to limit the loss through spoilage. Our students are aware of microbiology within their workplace, but often to a limited extent. Being able to support them in their growing understanding of this field of science is a real joy, and many tell me that my teaching sessions provide them with a desire to find out more about the impact of microbiology within their discipline. Collaborating with industrial partners both in the context of supporting their staff and working to enhance their processes through research projects is an exciting opportunity”

  • Lisa Crossman (University of East Anglia, UK)

    Email: l.crossman@uea.ac.uk

    Lisa is currently on the MinION access program (MAP), trialling the new Oxford Nanopore sequencer. Having undertaken an undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Bristol, and a masters in Molecular Genetics at the University of Leicester, Lisa has a lot of microbiology experience. She has been working in genomics, computational biology and bioinformatics since 2002, and currently works as a consultant based in the Norwich Research Park.

    "I love Bacteria, but also have a soft spot for Archaea, Viruses and Fungi!"

  • Eyinmisan Nikatsekpe (John Leggott College, Lincolnshire, UK)

    Email: e.n.nicks@gmail.com

    Eyinmisan works at the John Leggott College in Scunthorpe.

  • Danny Ward (John Innes Centre and University of East Anglia, UK)

    Email: danny.ward@jic.ac.uk

    Danny Ward is a PhD student at the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

    He is a researcher in the field of molecular microbiology where he is focusing on understanding how certain bacteria are able to infect their hosts. He aims to better understand the type III secretion system and a new regulatory mechanism associated with it. The type III secretion system is a tiny biological machinery which looks and acts like a needle. It is what certain bacteria use to infect us humans, as well as animals and plants.

    Outside of the lab, Danny takes part in a variety of science communication and outreach events to help spread awareness and appreciation of science and his research.

  • Robert Will (University of Cambridge, UK)

    Email: rcw59@cam.ac.uk

    Robert is a PhD student in the Dougan & Mutreja groups at the University of Cambridge Department of Medicine and CITIID, as well as Hughes Hall. He is funded by Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Program, after graduating with First Class BSc (Hons) Biology with a Year in Industry from Swansea University. Robert is interested in translational research, focusing on infectious diseases, bacterial evolution and genomics, as well as how communicating science impacts policy and public perception. He is also passionate about widening participation, especially in postgraduate research.

    Robert represents the Microbiology Society as part of the Champions initiative and was elected to be the Communications Representative of the Early Career Microbiologist's Forum for 2020/21 by its members, and sits on the Cambridge MRC DTP committee as a PhD representative.

  • Muhammad Yasir (Quadram Institute, UK)

    Email: muhammad.yasir@quadram.ac.uk

London

  • Arikana Massiah (Barts Hospital, London, UK)

    Email: Arikana.Massiah@gstt.nhs.uk

    Arikana is also a member of the Professional Development Committee.

  • Linda Dekker (UCL, UK)

    Email: ucbtlde@ucl.ac.uk

    Her current research involves constructing, characterising and optimising biosensors to detect metabolites important in gut microbiota disorders.  She has spent several years working as a microbiologist and has worked on a variety of environmental and medical microbiology projects ranging from 'investigating microbial mechanisms of uranium resistance' to 'programming diverse material properties into engineered bacterial cellulose'.

    Linda is keen to share her knowledge and passion for Microbiology and promote the awesome opportunities the Microbiology Society has to offer.

  • Cadi Davies (The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK)

    Email: Cadi.Davies@lshtm.ac.uk

    I am a third year PhD student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine studying Campylobacter jejuni outer membrane vesicles and interactions with bile salts. I am eager to become more involved in science communication and outreach, and hope London as a science hub combined with the tools and opportunities accessed through becoming a Microbiology Society Champion will enable me to achieve this while raising the profile of the Society.

  • Andrea Majstorovic (Imperial College London, UK)

    Email: a.majstorovic18@imperial.ac.uk

    My goal is to outreach science to our broader community and becoming a Champion would give me the knowledge, tools and potential to do so.

Midlands

  • Magdalena Karlikowska (University of Warwick, UK)

    Email: M.Karlikowska@warwick.ac.uk

    Magdalena, a PhD student at the University of Warwick, is keen to raise the profile of the Society amongst other students. She is also involved in outreach activities as part of her STEM Ambassador role.

  • Alice Lanne (University of Birmingham, UK)

    Email: alice.lanne94@gmail.com

    Alice is in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham.

  • Ruth Nottingham (University of Nottingham, UK)

    Email: stxrn5@nottingham.ac.uk

    Ruth is a fourth-year PhD student.

    "Being part of the DTP PhD scheme at Nottingham has created lots of opportunities to be in contact with other microbiology PhD students. The DTP management promotes contact between over a hundred PhD students in different year groups within the whole of biological sciences. This new system provides peer support throughout the PhD process and gives me the opportunity to engage with PhD students with a microbiology background, and promote the Society."

  • Colman O'Cathail (University of Nottingham, UK)

    Email: colman.o-cathail@ucdconnect.ie

    Colman graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Science from UCD in 2015 and an MRes from the University of Nottingham in 2016. He is currently enrolled as a BBSRC funded PhD student at the University of Nottingham working bovine tuberculosis surveillance and reporting.

    "Reading about the role and responsibilities of a Society Champion, I found that it appealed to me immensely as a way to get involved in the Society."

    Colman is also a member of the Early Career Microbiologist’s (ECM) Forum Executive Committee and a Finance & Operations Committee Representative.

  • Vicky Smith (University of Nottingham, UK)

    Email: victoria.smith@nottingham.ac.uk

    Vicky is a second year BBSRC-funded PhD student based at the University of Nottingham. Her research uses archaea to decipher the importance of replication origins in DNA replication in archaea.

    “Being a Champion allows me to share my enthusiasm about microbiology with others. It is a great opportunity and it makes me feel really involved with the Society.”

  • Saba Amir (Nottingham Trent University, UK)

    Email: saba.amir@ntu.ac.uk

    Saba is at the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University.

  • Rebecca Hall (University of Nottingham, UK)

    Email: Rebecca.Hall2@nottingham.ac.uk

    Rebecca is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham working on coincident gene relationships in prokaryote pangenomes. Her PhD research was on the adaptation and evolution of an insect-microbe symbiosis, and she is interested in the genomic changes that occur to allow symbioses to establish and persist. Outside of the lab, Rebecca has a keen interest in science communication, public engagement and outreach. 

  • Blessing Oyedemi (Nottingham Trent University, UK)

    Email: blessing.oyedemi@ntu.ac.uk; blessing.mbabie@gmail.com

    It's a privilege to be part of change agents and source of inspiration in the development of my students, especially to encourage and support females in STEM education. Becoming a microbiology champion offers me a step to that goal. 

Northern Ireland

  • Linda Oyama (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

    Email: l.oyama@qub.ac.uk

    Linda has a Microbiology degree, and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology. She is currently a research fellow at Queen's University Belfast and a member of Women in Science, with a passion for sharing and increasing science participation. She is also involved with the Widening Science Participation Unit (Spectroscopy in a Suitcase) at Aberystwyth University in Wales.

  • Chris Proctor (Ulster University, UK)

    Email: proctor-c1@ulster.ac.uk

    Chris is currently a PhD student at the Centre for Molecular Bioscience at Ulster University, investigating new ways to inhibit biofilm formation. Chris has completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree (Cardiff University), a BSc in Biotechnology (Ulster University) and an MRes in Translational Medicine, focusing on infection and immunity (Queen’s University Belfast). Chris enjoys public engagement, especially communicating new scientific ideas to specialists and non-specialists alike. He is eager to help promote the Society through public as well as internal events within Ulster University and he would welcome collaboration with other members of the society. 

  • Yinka Somorin (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

    Email: Y.Somorin@qub.ac.uk

    Yinka is a young, motivated early career scientist with a strong passion for public engagement and policy activities to promote microbiology.  His research interests include molecular diagnostics development, understanding the molecular mechnanism of bacterial survival and persistence in different ecological niches and food safety.  He currently works as a Research Fellow in the Halo Research Group within the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast.

  • Sara Pidcock (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

    Email: spidcock01@qub.ac.uk

    Sara is at the School of Biological Sciences, QUB.

  • Brenda Morris (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

    Email: brenda.chalkedup@gmail.com

  • Amy Sterling (Ulster University, UK)

    Email: Sterling-A2@ulster.ac.uk

    Amy is a PhD student at Ulster University and is investigating ways of preventing antibiotic resistance gene transfer. Amy has an MRes in Translational Medicine and a BSc in Biomedical Science both from Queen’s University Belfast. Amy is passionate about public engagement and hopes to raise awareness of the society through outreach events.

Republic of Ireland

  • Nathaniel Cole (Maynooth University, Ireland)

    Email: natelewis520@gmail.com

    Nate is a third-year Biological and Biomedical Sciences undergraduate in Maynooth University. He joined the Microbiology Society to develop his professional skills and help promote student engagement in his university. He has a keen interest in biology and hopes to continue an academic career in environmental microbiology.

  • Sinead Corr (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

    Email: CORRSC@tcd.ie

    Sinead is actively engaged with both undergraduates and postgraduates, helping to promote microbiology within the college and further afield too.

  • Gerard Sheehan (Maynooth University, Ireland)

    Email: Gerard.Sheehan@mu.ie

    Gerard is in his final year PhD in the Medical Mycology Laboratory at Maynooth University in Ireland. His research examines the interactions between fungal pathogen and their host and how they respond to each other. He dabbles in broad areas of microbiology from biofims in beer lines to viral infections of honey bees. He particularly loves sharing his research and can't wait to move from PhD to postdoc and get immersed in a new project.

  • Angela Medina (University College Cork, Ireland)

    Email: angela.coralmedina@ucc.ie

    Angela is a second year PhD student of the YEASTDOC Programme, currently based in University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. In her PhD research, she is motivated by the study of non-traditional yeasts to improve flavour and aroma in fermented beverages. Angela is an Industrial Microbiologist with an MSc degree in Molecular Biology with Biotechnology. As a Microbiology Society Champion, she would like to highlight the importance of microbiologists in society and show how microbiology is applied in many fields.

North East

  • Hannah Gibson (Newcastle University, UK)

    I studied Cellular and Molecular Biology BSc (Hons) at Newcastle University from 2015 to 2018. I am currently a PhD student at Newcastle University. I am keen to use my role as Champion as an opportunity to share my passion for microbiology.

  • Andrea Giachino (Newcastle University, UK)

    I am an Italian-born, EU-educated PhD student in Newcastle University. My current research aims at elucidating the effects of metal toxicity on bacterial metabolism. I also cultivate numerous academic interests beyond the main project, including computational biology, teaching, and academic writing. I am excited to represent our Society in Newcastle, supporting our thriving community of Early Career Researchers through dedicated networking events, and liaising with other Learned Societies to maximise our common mission to empower researchers.

North West

  • Kate Baker (University of Liverpool, UK)

    Email: kbaker@liverpool.ac.uk

    Kate is a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow.

  • Angharad Green (University of Liverpool)

    Email: angharad.green@liverpool.ac.uk

    Angharad is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Liverpool, and is an enthusiastic science communicator.

    "I believe becoming a Microbiology Society Champion would be a fantastic opportunity for my career development and I would be able to use my enthusiasm for microbiology to raise the profile of the Society."

  • Chloe James (University of Salford, UK)

    Email: c.james@salford.ac.uk

    Chloe is a Champion based at the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford.

  • Matthew Kelbrick (University of Liverpool, UK)

    Email: Matthewkelbrick@hotmail.co.uk

    Matthew is currently enrolled as a NERC funded PhD student at the University of Liverpool in the Institute of Integrative Biology. His PhD focuses on examining the effects of microbial interactions on the adaptive evolution of microbial communities when exposed to various stresses (e.g. antibiotics, temperatures, or heavy metals). Matthew’s previous research during his Undergraduate and Masters degrees focused on identifying novel extremophiles and their applications in the fields of biotechnology, ecology, and astrobiology.

  • James Oliver (Edge Hill University, UK)

    Email: jwinoliver@gmail.com

    James is currently studying BSc Biology at Edge Hill University. His third-year dissertation project is focused on the study of bacteria involved in the decomposition process of mammals in high-salinity conditions.

    Most recently, his microbiological work outside of university has focused on two different internships: first, at the forensics department in Wrexham, where the pilot for his dissertation was carried out; and second, with the astrobiology team at the Open University, where he carried out work on the survivability of anaerobic microbes in a Mars simulant brine.

    James is an avid supporter of LGBTQ+ scientists, as a transgender individual himself, and wishes to increase visibility of LGBTQ+ academics through his future work and involvement in the Microbiology Society and beyond.

  • Jason Williams-James (The University of Central Lancashire, UK)

    Email: jdbwilliams-james@uclan.ac.uk

    Having come from a biomedical science and veterinary medicine background, Jason is a part-time PhD student and lecturer (SPH) with the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire. Jason is a member of the Taphonomy Research Group and his research focuses on the microbiome that exists within the burial soil in the UK.


    Outside of the lab or away from the graveside, Jason pursues a keen interest in Anatomy, Forensic Archaeology & Anthropology in the context of human rights violations. He is actively involved in a wide range of science communication and outreach events to help spread awareness and appreciation of science and research.

  • Joe Latimer (University of Salford, UK)

    Lecturer in Antimicrobial Resistance and Lead for the Salford Antibiotic Research Network

    Email: j.latimer2@salford.ac.uk

    I look forward to bringing together the public, industry and researchers from a wide range of disciplines, to explore the discovery, development and use of antibiotics as well as the medical, social, environmental and global implications of resistance.

  • Ian Goodhead (University of Salford, UK)

    Email: I.B.Goodhead@salford.ac.uk

    My career has focused on the adoption and development of next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies and applications. I facilitate NGS applications in a wide-range of subject areas in both the wet-lab and computational biology settings. My passion is in using multi-omic strategies to better understand microbial pathogenesis, infection, host/pathogen interaction and bacterial genome evolution.

  • Norman Van Rhijn (University of Manchester, UK)

    Email: norman.vanrhijn@manchester.ac.uk

    Norman is a Research Associate in the Manchester Fungal Infection Group at the University of Manchester. 

    His research revolves around the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, which can cause severe diseases in humans. By looking at adaptation to environmental stresses in a systematic manner, he tries to understand the evolution of pathogenesis in Aspergilli. Furthermore, he is interested in antimicrobial resistance and the role of the environment in developing resistance traits.

    Norman is very keen to share his knowledge and passion about microbiology, fungi and pathogenesis and to promote the Society to raise the profile of microbiological research.

Scotland

  • Elizabeth Wignall-Fleming (University of St. Andrews, UK)

    Email: ewf2@st-andrews.ac.uk

    Elizabeth is a Society Champion in Glasgow.

  • Sara Clohisey (The Roslin Institute, UK)

    Email: Sara.Clohisey@roslin.ed.ac.uk

    Sara is with the Roslin Institute , University of Edinburgh.

  • Kirsty Robb (University of Strathclyde, UK)

    Email: kirsty.robb@strath.ac.uk

    Kirsty is at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.

South East

  • Laura Petch (University of Kent)

    Email: lap40@kent.ac.uk

    Laura is a current PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Kent Fungal Group at the University of Kent, under the supervision of Mick Tuite. Her research project explores extrachromosomal regulators of phenotypic heterogeneity in Saccharomyces sensu stricto. Laura also has a passion for outreach, and as a Champion of the Microbiology Society sees great potential in promoting the world of microbiology, research and the Society as a whole – not only to undergraduates, but to younger students in relevant disciplines.

  • Louisa Wallace (University of Surrey, UK)

    Email: l.wallace@surrey.ac.uk

    Louisa is in the Department of Microbial Sciences at the University of Surrey.

  • Matthew Herdman, (University of Oxford, UK)

    Email: matthew.herdman@balliol.ox.ac.uk

    Matthew is a DPhil Student reading Interdisciplinary Biosciences at the University of Oxford.

  • Chinyere Okoro (University of Surrey, UK)

    Email: chinyere.okoro@cantab.net

    Dr Chinyere Okoro is a Lecturer in Bacteriology at the University of Surrey, UK. Chinyere’s research focuses on understanding factors that underpin the emergence and transmission of enteric bacteria that cause infectious diseases (including antimicrobial resistant bacteria).  Chinyere is also involved in science communication, outreach and advocacy for STEM.

    As a Microbiology Society Champion, she will promote research activities in microbiology and engagement with the Society.

  • Michael Macey (The Open University, UK)

    Email: michael.macey@open.ac.uk

    Michael is at the Faculty of Science, The Open University.

  • Caray Walker (Anglia Ruskin University, UK)

    Email: caray.walker@anglia.ac.uk

  • Joanne Kite (University of Surrey, UK)

    Email: j.kite@surrey.ac.uk

    I am keen to promote the society within my department, and advertise the benefits that are less widely known, for example, the travel or visiting researched grants.

  • Rachel Exley (University of Oxford, UK)

    Email: rachel.exley02@path.ox.ac.uk

  • Marwa Hassan (University of Surrey, UK)

    Email: m.hussainalihassan@surrey.ac.uk

    Marwa is a Research Fellow at School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, UK. She works on developing novel quick diagnostics to track AMR and study the spread of AMR in zoonotic diseases. Marwa previously worked as a postdoc at Warwick University on biofilms of polymicrobial communities in cystic fibrosis and studies AMR in bacterial populations in cystic fibrosis. Marwa received her PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia, where she worked on developing culture-independent bacterial detection methods for quick identification of bacterial sepsis and antibiotic persistence. She is passionate about microbes, science communication and teaching.

South West

  • Nigel Brown (retired, previously University of Edinburgh)

    Email: nigel.brown@ed.ac.uk

    Nigel is in “active retirement” having worked in several universities and at BBSRC. He lives in west Wiltshire and brings microbiology (and other science) to public attention through a monthly article on science in his village magazine, talks to local groups and occasional national press interviews for the Society. He was the press contact for the Antibiotics Unearthed project.

    Nigel is also past President of the Society and a member of the Professional Development Committee.

  • Tina Joshi (University of Plymouth, UK)

    Email: tina.joshi@plymouth.ac.uk

    Tina is a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology who specialises in development of novel rapid point of care detection systems for antibiotic resistant bacteria and in infection control.

    Tina has become a Microbiology Society Champion to promote public understanding of important microbiological issues.

  • Ruth Maclaren (Sciencedipity, UK)

    Email: sciencedipity@outlook.com

    Ruth is a Biomedical Scientist and teacher who founded the Community Interest Company (CIC), Sciencedipity, based in Devon. Sciencedipity is dedicated to bringing fun and hands-on science to children, families and educators. Ruth is passionate about creating unique hands-on workshops and lessons in all areas of science for schools, as well as organising her own events locally. She has run her own workshops in microbiology and was delighted to work for The Eden Project on the launch week of their Invisible Worlds Exhibit, facilitating hands on microbiology for their thousands of visitors. 

  • Daniel Morse (University of Bristol, UK)

    Email: daniel.morse@bristol.ac.uk

    "I'm keen to promote the Society and microbiology in general through public engagement, speaker events within the university and collaborations with other universities in the local area."

  • Emily Speakman (University of Exeter, UK)

    Email: es675@exeter.ac.uk

    My scientific career started at The University of Aberdeen where I studied Biomedical Science (Pharmacology). I am currently an immunology PhD student with Prof Gordon Brown in the Medical Mycology department at the University of Exeter. My research looks at the adaptive immune response during systemic Candida albicans infection. I have joined the Microbiology Society as a Champion to promote the benefits of membership to others and to be part of a society with the same passion and interests as myself.

  • Benedict Paulukiewicz (University of Plymouth, UK)

    Email: benedict.paulukiewicz@students.plymouth.ac.uk

  • Eliza Wolfson (Freelance Scientific Illustrator, Bristol, UK)

    Email: elizawolfson@gmail.com

    Eliza is a Scientific Illustrator based in Bristol, UK, who specialises in drawing the invisible world of microbes – from the architecture of their communities, their lifestyles and evolution, to their molecular regulation and responses. She designed the Microbiology Society’s Multicoloured Microbiomes colouring book, and as a Society Champion, works with her local community arts trails and street exhibitions to spread the appeal of microbiology to a wider audience.

    https://lizawolfson.co.uk/

  • Winnie Lee (Bristol University, UK)

    Email: winl18@hotmail.com

Wales

  • Lauren Kerr (Cardiff Institute of Infection and Immunity)

    Email: KerrLE@cardiff.ac.uk

    Lauren is a Society Champion in Cardiff.

  • Michael Pascoe (Cardiff University, UK)

    Email: pascoemj@cardiff.ac.uk

    Mike is a final-year PhD student at Cardiff University, developing an alternative disinfection technology for medical devices. He's passionate about science outreach and is looking forward to explaining to other early career scientists the ways in which the Society can help support them in their own engagement activities.

  • Eleanor Furness (University of Aberystwyth, UK)

    Email: elf18@aber.ac.uk

    “I graduated with a Microbiology BSc last year and I’m currently an MPhil student at Aberystwyth University. I start my PhD there this September. My research is based on the microbial ecology of the cryosphere. I’m currently experimenting with isolates obtained from cryoconite holes on Arctic glaciers. I’m interested in extremophilic microbial life and the diverse adaptations such life utilises to withstand these environments.  

    I joined the Microbiology Society in the first year of my undergraduate degree and have been involved in a number of Society events since.

    I’ve presented posters in the Annual Conferences, volunteered for the Antibiotics Unearthed events, was awarded a Harry Smith Vacation Studentship and joined the Policy Team at a Science and the Assembly event. With so many opportunities to get involved the Microbiology Society has been a central part of my professional development. That’s why I wanted to not only give back to the Society, but to let others know about these opportunities by becoming a Society Champion. I’m looking forward to hosting my own events and to many more years of involvement with the Microbiology Society.”

  • Issy Centeleghe (Cardiff University, UK)

    Email: CentelegheI@cardiff.ac.uk

    Issy is a PhD student at Cardiff University, currently investigating dry surface biofilms and their resistance to disinfectants. Issy has undertaken a lot of outreach work throughout her masters and the beginning of her PhD and is keen to tell others all about the great world of microbiology.

Yorkshire

  • Omololu Fagunwa (University of Huddersfield)

    Email: Omololu.Fagunwa@hud.ac.uk

    Omololu has a degree in Microbiology, masters in Biotechnology and is a PhD student at the University of Huddersfield. His research focuses on isolation and characterization of potential probiotics. As a theology doctoral holder, he is passionate about science communication in religious/faith setting. As a champion, he is keen about internationalisation of the society.

  • Alex Remmington (University of Sheffield, UK)

    Email: aremmington1@sheffield.ac.uk

    Alex is in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, The Florey Institute for Host-Pathogen Interactions, at the University of Sheffield. 

    "I am a doctoral researcher at the Florey Institute for Host-Pathogen Interactions at the University of Sheffield, investigating the contribution of lysogenic bacteriophage to the pathogenesis of Group A streptococcal infections in the laboratory of Dr Claire Turner. I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences at the University of Brighton, before completing an MSc in Medical Microbiology at the University of Manchester. I am passionate about diversity and equality in science and education, science policy, raising the status of microbiology and infectious diseases in the public mind and red pandas. In my spare time, I enjoy reading about true crime, listening to Stevie Nicks, and catching up on other areas of microbiology."

  • Lee Sherry (University of Leeds, UK)

    Email: L.W.Sherry@leeds.ac.uk

    “I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds working towards a new virus-like particle vaccine against poliomyelitis using Pichia pastoris. I took up the role of Society Champion after my PhD when I saw the enthusiasm and support the Society has for its Early Career Members. During my PhD, grants from the Society helped me undertake research in a different country whilst also allowing me to attend a major international conference to present my research. Therefore, I wanted to increase awareness of the opportunities afforded by the Society to both prospective and current members.”

  • Katherine Ansbro (University of Sheffield, UK)

    Email: kwong22@sheffield.ac.uk

    Katherine is a PhD student at the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield. Her project focuses on developing in vitro dental plaque biofilm models to study periodontitis (severe gum disease) and testing microbial community composition dynamics in response to glycan-active compounds. She is always keen to raise the profile of the Microbiology Society and to promote its many benefits for Society members. 

Overseas

  • Ikbal Agah Ince (Acıbadem University, Turkey)

    Email: agah.ince@acibadem.edu.tr

    Agah is an Associate Professor and Principal Investigator at Acibadem University, Istanbul. In addition to his R&D activities, he enjoys organising international training courses, entrepreneurial/partnership meeting organisations and symposia on special topics of interest to medical microbiologists. He focuses on understanding the complexity of microbe–host interactions, applying systems biology approaches to provide the scientific basis for the development of novel biostrategies and designing of bioprocesses of products of a wide spectrum of interest in bioindustry.

  • Marilia Costa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation [Embrapa])

    Marilia works as a postdoc for the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). She became a Champion in her second year at the University of Dundee, where she undertook her PhD, because she could see new students coming into the university who knew nothing about the Society, and wanted to do something about it.

    "We need more interaction with the Society to help spread the word."

  • Arindam Mitra (Adamas University, India)

    Email: mitra.arindam@gmail.com

    Arindam Mitra holds a PhD from University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Currently, Dr Mitra is working as Associate Professor and Head in the Department of Microbiology at Adamas University, Kolkata, India. As Society Champion, he organises workshops, seminars and conferences on various aspects of microbiology at Adamas University. He works with students to help raise awareness of microbiology and the Microbiology Society. Dr Mitra also reviews books, research papers in journals and grants for the Microbiology Society. Dr Mitra’s research examines the development and regulation of biofilms in the natural, industrial and clinical settings.

  • Manoj Pradhan (Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal)

    Email: manoj.pradhan23@yahoo.com

    Manoj is a Medical Laboratory Technologist for the Department of Microbiology at the Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences. His job requires him to instruct and conduct various laboratory practical classes and sessions of MBBS and Nursing students about clinical microbiology.

  • Jinxin Zhao (Monash University, Australia)

    Email: Jinxin.Zhao@monash.edu

    “I come with over three years of experience in Antimicrobial Systems Pharmacology, Genome-scale metabolic modelling and Bioinformatics. My research is highly relevant to global public health, where multidrug-resistant (MDR) is one of the three greatest global threats to human health. Due to the dry antibiotic discovery pipeline, polymyxins are increasingly used as a last-resort against infections caused by MDR Gram-negative bacteria. My PhD project is on systems pharmacology of polymyxins and their synergistic combinations against MDR GNB infections using an integrated virtual cell approach.”

  • Gayetri Ramachandran (Institut Imagine, Paris, France)

    Email: gayetri.ramachandran@institutimagine.org

    Gayetri is a postdoctoral researcher at Institut Imagine, Paris, where she works as a microbiologist in an immunology lab with Dr. Pamela Schnupf and Dr. Nadine Cerf-Bensussan since last October. Here she is trying to understand the methylation pattern of a gut-inhabiting bacterium with the purpose of modifying it to ultimately produce vaccines with it.

  • Thiru Vanniasinkam (Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia)

    Thiru is a Senior Lecturer and leads the Medical Science Discipline Group in the School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia. Thiru teaches microbiology and immunology courses to undergraduates in a range of programs such as B. Med Science, B. Food and Nutrition, B. Pharmacy and B. Animal Science, and mentors Masters and PhD students in microbiology related research projects. Thiru has a keen interest in microbiology education and is involved in a range of outreach and mentoring activities promoting microbiology in the local community.

  • Sreyashi Basu (previously University College London, UK)

    Email: koyel98@gmail.com

    Sreyashi is a third-year undergraduate student at UCL.

    "I believe that the in-depth study of microbes will help us acquire more innovative techniques towards sustaining life on earth, and as a part of the microbiology society I am prepared to help educate the public of the opportunites that this field brings to modern science."

  • K. M. Salim Andalib (Khulna University, Bangladesh)

    Email: kms.andalib@gmail.com

    K. M. Salim is a highly motivated undergraduate student from Khulna University, Bangladesh, who is very fascinated with life science research. Apart from doing well in university, he is involved in other extracurricular activities that enhance his communication skills. He is also a full-time content creator for BioDaily - the first ever life science magazine in Bangladesh.