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.

UNITED KINGDOM & REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

England

    East Anglia

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      Anne Bishop (Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK)

      I am a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, but I live in Nottingham and am keen to work with people in both regions. My expertise is in diarrhoea! Specifically Gram-negative faecal-orally-transmitted bacterial pathogens. I am passionate about public engagement around AMR, vaccines and hygiene and inspiring people to consider STEM careers. Being a Microbiology Society Champion links me with other researchers keen to engage with their community and helps me to promote this brilliant Society.

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      Lisa Crossman (University of East Anglia, UK)

      I am an enthusiastic Microbiologist and Bioinformatician working at the intersection of genomics, bioinformatics and machine learning! Previously based at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge on pathogen genomics and prior to that in the labs on the Norwich Research Park, I’ve been able to experience both environmental and clinical microbiology. Now freelancing, I use scripting, programming and cutting-edge AI methods to study genomes and metagenomes.  Beyond research, I enjoy running outreach projects such as coding with the Raspberry Pi!

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      Luke Mitchell (Quadram Institute, UK)

      My research aim is to evaluate the impact of manipulating the gut microbiota on the development and progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). I am particularly interested in how these manipulations influence the immune response in both the primary tumour and metastatic sites. I chose to be a Champion to help spread awareness of the society and of Microbiology in particular probiotics and their interaction with the immune system and food.

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      Caray Walker (Anglia Ruskin University, UK)

      My research interests are in transmission of antimicrobial resistant zoonotic bacteria and vaccine development. I am the outreach coordinator for the biomedical sciences course group at ARU, where I am involved in engagement activities with local schools and at science festivals. Through these activities I apply my knowledge to help younger audiences understand AMR and the importance of antimicrobial stewardship.

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      Muhammad Yasir (Quadram Institute, UK)

      I am working as a Research Scientist at the Quadram Institute in Norwich, UK. My interest lies in bacterial genomics, particularly functional genomics. Additionally, I am passionate about science communication, as exemplified by my 'Audio Paper Science Sound Bite' series. Being a Microbiology Society Champion allows me to assist the community and it aligns well with my outreach work. It also connects me with other researchers who are equally passionate about their science and enriching the community.

    London

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      Amy Jacobs (University College London, UK)

      Amy is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Professor Judith Breuer’s Lab Group at the Institute of Child Health (ICH), UK, working on repurposing antiviral drugs, alone and in combination, for the treatment of severely immunocompromised paediatric patients infected with respiratory viruses. Previously in her role as a postdoctoral researcher for Professor Steve Hart, also at ICH, she utilised gene therapy approaches to target and block virus entry, working with pseudoviruses. She undertook her PhD in virology at Imperial College London, UK and the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, UK, looking into the effects of Herpes Simplex Virus 1 latency on human neurons. Amy is fascinated by host-virus interactions, especially the way in which viruses commandeer host cell components to aid their own propagation, often at the expense of the host. She is hoping to put this interest to good use in her role as a Champion by getting more involved in science communication and outreach. She sees this as a great opportunity to use her connections within UCL and beyond to encourage interdisciplinary involvement in the Microbiology Society.

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      Daniel Gonçalves-Carneiro (Imperial College London, UK)

      Daniel is a fellow in the Department of Infectious Disease at Imperial College London, UK. He completed a BEng at the University of Porto, Portugal. In 2017, he was awarded his PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK, for his work on measles virus entry. Daniel did his postdoctoral training at the Rockefeller University in New York, USA, where he studied how the zinc finger antiviral protein recognises viral RNA. He is currently investigating how viruses evade recognition by our immune system and how we can modify virus genomes to develop better vaccines for emerging diseases. As a Champion, he has been involved in the promotion of the LGBTQ+ community of the Microbiology Society.

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      Winnie Lee (Imperial College London, UK)

      Winnie is a postdoctoral researcher working in the Population Health and Policy Theme within HPRU AMR at Imperial College London, UK. Her current role involves research into data linkage, AI and modelling around urinary tract infections. Her PhD focused on optimising antimicrobial therapy through local genomic surveillance of resistant patterns of bacteria among patients with bloodstream and urinary tract infections. Winnie has been a Champion since 2019 and has worked on various Society Committees e.g. the Prokaryotic Division and Sustainability Committee. She became heavily involved with the Society as she enjoys public engagement to increase awareness of infectious diseases and the importance of surveillance in infection control.

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      Enas Newire (Middlesex University, UK)

      Enas is a molecular microbiologist focused on understanding and combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Her research activities focus on AMR emergence and dissemination through Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT) amongst bacteria; particularly, bacterial evolutionary studies, bacterial plasmid transfer and fitness studies, CRISPR-Cas systems identification, anti-plasmid activity and bioinformatic analysis of bacterial genome sequences. Enas contributes to the Society as a member of Prokaryotic Division and a member of the Building Communities Committee. Enas has led and co-led teams and activities supporting ECRs, Women Microbiologists and Research Integrity.

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      Linda Dekker (University College London, UK)

      Her current research involves engineering live biotherapeutic products that secrete bacteriocins.  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.

    Midlands

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      Eyinmisan Nikatsekpe (John Leggott College, UK)

      I lead the Medical Bioscience degree program at DN Colleges Group, with emphasis on Microbiology. Engaging in science outreach programmes across the Yorkshire and Humber region, my goal is to offer captivating activities, fostering understanding, and encouraging future scientists' participation. I look forward to collaborating with other Society Champions and actively participating in the Society's events.

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      Blessing Oyedemi (Nottingham Trent University, UK)

      I am a research microbiologist  and also teach UG and PG modules. Gained PhD from UCL School of Pharmacy, my research centers on anti-infective strategies that target resistance mechanisms such as efflux, R-plasmid and biofilms in bacteria. Microorganisms are significant in our everyday lives. Although we could not see them with naked eyes, they are essential for the benefit of our environment, medical breakthroughs, industry, agriculture and biotechnology. Microbes are integral part of our rich natural reservoirs and still hold the potential of producing a novel antibiotic that could mitigate the current challenges posed by antibiotic resistance. This is an exciting time as I engage with the Society as a Champion, this is an opportunity to become to help unlock and express my potentials as well as contribute to the objectives of MBS. It is a great privilege to be part of a team that help promote the future of microbiology and I’m committed to using my talents, knowledge and time to make an impact.

       

    North East

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      Bruno Silvester Lopes (Teesside University, UK)

      Dr. Bruno Lopes is interested in the molecular epidemiology, AMR and ecology of Gram-negative bacteria such as Campylobacter, Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and Helicobacter. He collaborates with a diverse range of researchers to find evidence-based solutions for global challenges. He became a microbiology society champion because he is a strong advocate of making microbiology accessible to people from all backgrounds and especially those in countries where resources are limited.

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      Charlotte Roughton (Newcastle University, UK)

      I’m interested in the mechanisms that underpin virulence and antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens. During my PhD at Newcastle University, I researched the molecular mechanisms of sporulation in the superbug Clostridioides difficile. I enjoy getting involved in public engagement and outreach projects, and feel passionate about incorporating unique methods into the ways we communicate science. I’m looking forward to getting more involved with the Microbiology Society as a Champion to forge new connections and continue sharing exciting science.

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      Diana Githwe (Newcastle University, UK)

      My PhD focussed on investigating complex sugar breakdown in the human gut. As a microbiologist, I’m keen to help shape how the public view microbes. Being empowered to understand the effects of infection, disease and the benefits of microbes is really important. I hope by Championing the Society, I can work to bring scientists together to achieve this mission.

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      John Clark-Corrigall (Newcastle University, UK)

      I am a final year PhD student at Newcastle University, UK, looking at interactions between pathogenic Salmonella and protective probiotic E.coli. I’ve worked on a plethora of topics from childhood cancer, muscular dystrophy and vaccines, before ending up on the gut microbiota; I’m passionate about science but particularly microbiology and sharing that with the public. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in as a Microbiology Society Champion to facilitate in providing great outreach events and career development within the Society.

    North West

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      Aisling Brady (University of Liverpool, UK)

      I am a postdoctoral research associate working at the University of Liverpool, UK. My research focuses on African Salmonella, particularly the genetics of invasive non-Typhoidal Salmonella (iNTS), a major causative agent of bloodstream infections across sub-Saharan Africa. I have always enjoyed taking part in public outreach events, so I am really keen to share my enthusiasm for microbiology and get involved in new events as a Microbiology Society Champion!

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      Chloe James (University of Salford, UK)

      My primary research explores how temperate bacteriophages affect the biology of their bacterial hosts and how this influences pathogenicity. I also lead projects investigating host-pathogen interactions and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
      I became a Microbiology Society Champion because I am passionate about the open sharing of scientific research through public engagement and outreach. I work across disciplines and with creative practitioners to develop immersive and engaging installations to inspire public interest in microbiology, especially phage.

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      Rebee Penrice-Randal (University of Liverpool, UK)

      Dr Rebee Penrice-Randal is a molecular virologist with a particular interest in RNA sequencing and bioinformatics. Rebee conducted postdoctoral research in molecular virology and informatics in the Hiscox Laboratory, University of Liverpool, UK, where they also obtained their PhD. In 2022, Rebee joined start-up company TopMD Precision Medicine, to utilise their expertise and knowledge in the field of precision medicine. Rebee is passionate about facilitating conversations about LGBTQ+, neurodiversity and EDI in STEM.

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      Blanca Perez-Sepulveda (University of Liverpool, UK)

      I wanted to become a Champion because I strongly believe in the power of the Microbiology Society as a community. I am Molecular Microbiologist interested in how bacteria and phages interact and survive in their environments, using computational and molecular tools. I moved to the UK to complete a PhD at the University of Warwick, when I first joined the Society. I have seen the Society’s commitment to changing culture, which motivated me to get more involved.

    South East

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      Marwa Hassan (University of Surrey, UK)

      Marwa is a Senior Research Fellow at School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, UK. She works on developing rapid AMR diagnostics and investigating the spread of AMR in zoonosis. Marwa also works on polymicrobial biofilms and bacterial persistence. She received her PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia, where she worked on developing culture-independent detection of bacterial sepsis and persistence. She is passionate about science communication and teaching. As a Champion, she is supporting the Society and hopes to inspire and support others.

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      Chrysanthos Kleanthous (University of Reading, UK)

      Chrysanthos Kleanthous is a postgraduate student at the University of Nottingham, studying an MSc in Clinical and Molecular Microbiology. He is interested in pursuing a career in the gut microbiome and its influence on various intestinal diseases, including IBD and colorectal cancer. Additionally, he is interested in science communication and inspiring the general public with scientific knowledge.

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      Kasia Parfitt (University of Oxford, UK)

      Kasia is an enthusiastic early career researcher with a passion for all things microbiology. She completed her PhD in late 2022 at Cardiff University, UK, investigating the population biology of the understudied cystic fibrosis lung pathogen Burkholderia multivorans through next generation sequencing. During her studies and career, Kasia has shown much interest in sharing microbiology with the wider community through public engagement opportunities and societies.

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      Daniel Yara (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, UK)

      Daniel was awarded his PhD in 2021 from the University of East Anglia, UK, after investigating the interaction of the human gastrointestinal tract and outer membrane vesicles secreted by enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli. Since his PhD, Daniel attained experience in various microbiological fields and is currently studying the serological response elicited by natural infection and vaccination. Daniel has been a member of the Microbiology Society since 2017 and is keen to be involved in the promotion of both the Society and microbiology.

    South West

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      Jazz Conway (University of Plymouth, UK)

      I am a final year PhD Student at the University of Plymouth, UK, my research involves investigating Deep Sea Sponges for novel antimicrobial compounds to combat AMR related infections. I have become a Champion in order to help educate and raise awareness with the general public and politicians, with the aim that everyone at least understands the meaning and threat AMR poses.

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      Ruth Maclaren (Sciencedipity, UK)

      Ruth is a Biomedical Scientist and teacher and founded the science outreach company, Devon Science (formerly Sciencedipity). The Devon Science team takes fun and hands-on science education to children, families and educators. Ruth is passionate about getting kids hands-on with all areas of science from a young age, and is particularly keen on getting kids interactive with microbiology such as for The Eden Project and The Somerscience Festival, as well as her own events.

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      Daniel Morse (University of Bristol, 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."

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      Emily Speakman (University of Exeter, 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.

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      Eliza Wolfson (Freelance Scientific Illustrator, UK)

      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/

    Yorkshire

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      Kelly Capper-Parkin (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

      I am a Research Associate at Sheffield Hallam University where my main research interest is in novel antimicrobial coatings to prevent infection. Alongside my laboratory-based work I am very keen on science communication, public engagement and outreach. I have been involved with a number of events within Sheffield and would like to broaden this further. I am also currently a memebr of the ECM Forum Executive Committee as the representative for the Building Communities committee of the Microbiology Society. 

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      Omololu Fagunwa (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

      I obtained a degree in Microbiology, masters in Biotechnology and a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences. My research interest broadly focus on Microbiome dynamics, Global Health and tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). I also engaged in citizen science and science communication in faith setting. As a champion, I am keen about supporting society's vision and harnessing microbiology to tackle global challenges. 

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      Raphael P. Galleh (University of Sheffield, UK)

      Raphael Peter Galleh completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield, UK where his research focused on 'Testing for Novel Inhibitors of Oral Pathogens and their Enzymes' with the aim of abrogating host-pathogen interactions. He has been involved with the Society as an Early Career (EC) Forum Representative for the Scientific Conferences Panel and an Editor for Microbiology Today. He is passionate about teaching, research and promoting microbiology. With his research interest in Infection, Inflammation and Immunity (Host-Pathogen Interactions), Dr Galleh is enthusiastic about drug development and the prevention of infectious diseases.

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      Mel Lacey (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

      Mel is an Associate Professor at Sheffield Hallam University. Throughout her scientific career she has had a keen interest in public engagement and outreach, receiving her first public engagement grant in 2007, in the second year of her PhD. Currently, she is working with partner organisations across South Yorkshire to deliver impactful public engagement and widening participation events to wide range of participants. Her research interests, as well as public engagement and widening participation, span higher education pedagogy, production and delivery methods of novel anti-microbial agents and the impact of the microbiome on human health.

Northern Ireland

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      Julia Monjaras-Feria (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

      I am Julia Monjaras-Feria, I did my PhD at National Autonomous University of Mexico in collaboration with the Osaka University in a fascinating project that introduced me to the bacterial secretion systems world. I got interested in the bacterial secretion mechanisms so much, that I went to Tübingen Germany for a postdoctoral stay. My path continued in the same field and I moved to Belfast, UK to become a Senior Research Fellow. Currently, at the Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen's University Belfast, I am focused on elucidating the secretion mechanism and activity in eukaryotic cells of numerous bacterial toxins or effector proteins secreted by the T6SS. 

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      Linda Oyama (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

      I am microbiologist and lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast.  Becoming a Champion allows me to share my love for microbiology and actively achieve my desire to inspire and contribute to the education of young people.  The Microbiology Society has played a pivotal role in my career, giving me access to a rich network of role models, collaborators, and friends. For me, the Champion Scheme presents an excellent opportunity to show gratitude, give back to the Society and pay it forward.

Scotland

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      Aisling Brady (University of Liverpool, UK)

      I am a postdoctoral research associate working at the University of Liverpool, UK. My research focuses on African Salmonella, particularly the genetics of invasive non-Typhoidal Salmonella (iNTS), a major causative agent of bloodstream infections across sub-Saharan Africa. I have always enjoyed taking part in public outreach events, so I am really keen to share my enthusiasm for microbiology and get involved in new events as a Microbiology Society Champion!

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      Daniel Larcombe (University of Strathclyde, UK)

      I was awarded my PhD in Medical Mycology from the University of Aberdeen. I am now a postdoctoral researcher in the Hoskisson lab at Strathclyde working with antibiotic producing Streptomyces. My main interests are improving antibiotic yield, strain robustness, and our available molecular toolset. I have always been fascinated by microbiology, and the Champion scheme is an ideal way to spread this fascination to a wider audience and to integrate myself deeper into the field I am passionate about.  

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      Liam Rooney (University of Strathclyde, UK)

      Liam is a Postdoctoral Research Associate based at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. His research focuses on the development and application of new optical microscopy methods to the field of microbiology. Liam is heavily involved with the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS), where he Chairs the Early Career Committee and sits on several other RMS Committees and Council.

      Liam's interests in microbiology and imaging has resulted in a varied research background, ranging from bacterial motility and interactions to biofilm architecture and colonisation behaviours. His interdisciplinary research and involvement with the imaging community provide exciting cross-over opportunities for microbiologists interested in microscopy.

Wales

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      Dan Shelley (Cardiff University, UK)

      Dan is a fluent Welsh speaker from North Wales but moved to study at Cardiff University. He has experiences within the School of Biosciences Microbiomes, Microbes, and Informatics group and the Medical Microbiology Laboratory at the University Hospital of Wales also. He is set to follow a carrier in Microbiology and to accomplish new challenges by studying bioinformatics. Dan become a Society Champion to help raise the awareness of microbiology and the threat of antimicrobial resistance but also to network with other microbiologists globally. 

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      Jason Williams-James (Cardiff University Medical School, UK)

      I am an infection and immunity microbiology lecturer passionate about bringing microbiology to a broader audience and engaging the public. Working at Cardiff University School of Medicine as a Champion fulfils my desire to inspire and contribute to educating young people in microbiology. The Microbiology Society has played a crucial role in shaping my career by providing invaluable access to a diverse network of role models, collaborators, and friends. The Champion Scheme offers me a remarkable opportunity to express my gratitude, give back to society, and pay it forward by promoting the understanding and appreciation of microbiology.

AFRICA

Benin

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      Philippe Sessou (University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin)

      Philippe Sessou is a PhD holder in Food Microbiology, Associate Professor, and a lecturer and researcher at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin. He is Former Head of Animal Health and Production Department in his institution and the current Coordinator of the Research Group 'Food Safety and Animal Production' at the Research Unit of Communicable Diseases. His research focuses on microbial communities in food, in particular in milk and dairy products, as well as on zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19, rabies, tuberculosis, and toxoplasmosis. He is the current National Coordinator of the International Citizen Project Covid-19He became a Champion to expand his network, share experiences with his colleagues, advance the microbiological sciences in all their dimensions, train young researchers throughout the world and particularly in Africa.

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      Victorien Dougnon (University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin)

      Victorien Dougnon works as Senior Lecturer at the Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. He is involved, through his work, in the fight against antimicrobial resistance in Africa. Victorien's interests are linked to molecular microbiology, hygiene and public health. Through a collaboration with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), he has initiated the establishment of an MsC program in Molecular and Medical Microbiology. Victorien is a founding member of the Research Unit in Applied Microbiology and Pharmacology of natural substances, Research Laboratory in Applied Biology, Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi, University of Abomey-Calavi. Annually, more than 150 young scholars are impacted by this lab’s activities.

Ghana

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      Joseph Acolatse (Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Ghana)

      I am deeply committed to advancing clinical microbiology, particularly in low-resource settings, where accurate diagnostics can significantly impact patient care outcomes. As a Microbiology Society Champion, I am proud to be part of a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to promoting the Society's vital work through advocacy and collaboration. My areas of interest are surveillance, molecular diagnostics, and bacterial genetics. 

Nigeria

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      Oni Eniola (Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria)

      Dr Oni Eniola is an early career scientist with research interest in food safety and mycotoxin control. She has over 11 publications, 9 conference presentations and a poster award (IUFoST 2018) to her credit.

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      Bamidele Odumosu (Lagos, Nigeria)

      Bamidele is a Pharmaceutical Microbiologist lecturing at the prestigious University of Lagos. Bamidele’s broad research interest involves microbial natural products and medicinal plants appropriate for innovative drug formulation and the use of nanosized drug particles as an alternative form of chemotherapy, in treatments and prevention of infectious diseases. Bamidele is a Fellow of the World Academy of Science (TWAS) and was a visiting researcher to the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research and is currently a Research Fellow of INTI University Malaysia. Bamidele is an active member of some scientific bodies and societies and is the immediate past National Publicity secretary of the Nigerian Society of Microbiology. 

      I aim to leverage my passion for advocacy to elevate public understanding of microbiology's role in daily life. I yearn to connect with like-minded fellows and established experts from whom I can glean vital knowledge and learn.

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      Michael Ukwuru (The Federal Polytechnic Idah, Nigeria)

      Michael Ukwuru has a PhD in Food Microbiology and was the former Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the The Federal Polytechnic Idah, Nigeria. He was ranked as the number one researcher in his institution in 2022 and 2023 in the World Scientists and University Rankings by the AD Scientific Index. He is an active member of the Microbiology Society, as a member of the Building Communities Committee and the Microbiology Today Editorial Board. Michael has a wide international research network and is a mentor to many early career scientists. His research areas are food microbiology, food fermentation technology, food safety and quality management systems, and bioprocessing. Passionate about fostering positive change, he became a Society Champion to catalyse innovation and bridge gaps in our rapidly evolving world.

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      Yinka Somorin (Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Nigeria)

      I hold a PhD in Microbiology with research experience in antimicrobial resistance, food safety, and One Health. I am currently a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Ajayi Crowther University, Nigeria. I became a Society Champion to share my excitement for microbiology and have promoted microbiology through school visits, events/demonstrations at science festivals and workshops. I joined the Microbiology Society in 2013 and as Co-Chair of the Nigerian Applied Microbiologists Network, I support the career development of Early Career Microbiologists.

ASIA

Bangladesh

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

      Andalib is a recent graduate of Biotechnology from Khulna University, Bangladesh. His undergraduate thesis focused on how human gut bacteria and their derived metabolites act together to keep us healthy. As an RA his current research involves in understanding the host-microbiome interactions. Eager to share his research findings and passion for microbiology, Andalib is committed to promoting the incredible opportunities available within the Microbiology Society.

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      Nairita Ahsan Faruqui (Brac University, Bangladesh)

      Nairita Ahsan Faruqui is a Ph.D. student of Biological Sciences, specialising in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from BRAC University, Bangladesh. Owing to her prior research interests in Virology, her Ph.D. research focuses on the aspects of viral infection and immune responses. Previously, she has organised several international scientific conferences and scientific talks focusing on microbiology, in efforts to raise awareness and engage individuals in knowledge-focused discussions. Being a Society Champion, Nairita aspires to promote and share scientific discussions, knowledge, and research on a global scale.

India

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      Punyasloke Bhadury (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India)

      Punyasloke Bhadury is a Professor of Biological Sciences at IISER Kolkata. He is trained as a microbial ecologist with M.Sc. from Edinburgh and Ph.D. from Plymouth in UK. He is an Editor Mentor of Access Microbiology and has research interests spanning from understanding the ecological basis of microbial biocomplexity to development of antimicrobial therapeutics connecting with surveillance of antimicrobial resistance across ecosystems.

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      Arindam Mitra (Adamas University, India)

      Arindam Mitra is Professor and Head of Biological Sciences at Adamas University. Arindam obtained his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park, and subsequently conducted postdoctoral research at Arizona State University. His research focuses on microbial biofilms, AMR, and vaccines. He organizes microbiology events as Society Champion to promote microbiology and the Society. Arindam reviews books, research papers, and grants for the Microbiology Society and is currently serving on the Members Panel, Microbiology Today editorial board, and Sustainability Committee. 

Nepal

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      Pankaj Chaudhary (Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital, Nepal)

      Namaste everyone, I am Pankaj Chaudhary, Microbiologist at National Public Health Laboratory, Teku, Kathmandu,Nepal. Currently, I am involved in Laboratory based surveillance of Measles/Rubella, Japanese Encephalitis, Rota virus, Dengue Virus, Environmental Surveillance of polio Virus. Besides that, I am a Frontline FETP graduate and have been involved in outbreak investigation of diseases including mentoring FETP cohort fellows. Medical Mycology is my area of interest and I would like to contribute to the advocacy of Fungal diagnostics, surveillance of fungal diseases in Nepal.

Sri Lanka

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      Sudarshan Vishvani (Coventry University, UK)

      I am a final year undergraduate in Biomedical Sciences at the International Institute of Health Sciences, Sri Lanka, — offered by Coventry University, UK. I have presented my research study on Investigating the antimicrobial properties of aerial roots of Ficus benghalensis against E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus. I am interested in investigating the bioactive properties of novel plant species and innovating beneficial outputs for the community. Owing to my interests in microbiology and herbal technology, I am performing research studies and look forward to developing commercial products utilising my research findings as an efficacious Society Champion.

EUROPE

Iceland

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      Darya Chernikhova (University of Iceland, Iceland)

      I'm a Master's student at the University of Iceland, Iceland. I completed my BA in Biophysics at Columbia University in New York, USA. After a sojourn in software, I made my way back to biology to work on cryopreserving endangered microbiomes. Microbiomes are everywhere, and they're complex and changeable. My goal is to work towards establishing cryobanks of mixed microbial communities. We need them for uses such as providing reference samples to improve reproduceability in basic research, and acclimatizing captive-bred fauna and nursery-reared flora in restoration programs. I also volunteer with the Conference for Advancing Participatory Sciences, which is a sister conference to the European Citizen Science Association conference. I like talking science to anyone who doesn't run away, and I joined the Champions Scheme to connect with others who are as excited about biology as I am. 

Netherlands

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      İkbal Agah İnce (University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands)

      Agah is a senior research scientist at University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands. He is a biochemist with a specialisation in molecular virology and vector biology. He holds a PhD degree in virology-biochemistry from Wageningen University Research, Netherlands. His postdoctoral researcher experience includes Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award in 2013 for his project entitled EpiFlu: Epigenetics of influenza virus to work at INRAE. He also served as a consultant at Seibersdorf Laboratories at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, where he developed viral disease control protocols to improve the production quality of mass-rearing facilities for Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) applications in Africa. He is a bioentrepreneur and international mentor for diverse levels of science lovers.

OCEANIA

Australia

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      Roshan Nepal (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia)

      Roshan is a postdoctoral fellow at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia and is currently based in Hobart, Tasmania, working on expanding the application of phage-based biocontrol into aquaculture. Roshan completed his PhD in prophage biology from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, primarily focussing on Staphylococcus aureus. His primary research focuses on applying phage-based strategies in the biocontrol of bacterial diseases, including those caused by antimicrobial-resistant strains. Apart from academics, he has volunteered in multiple academic societies in various roles like young ambassador (ASM), social media editor (FEMS), members panel (Microbiology Society) and has a keen interest in advancing science through effective communication and creating equitable opportunities for researchers all around the world. Mr Nepal is passionate about advancing phage therapy beyond human applications to various agricultural areas and is also keen on promoting science and opportunities to the wider community through public engagement programmes.

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      Thiru Vanniasinkam (Charles Sturt University, Australia)

      Thiru Vanniasinkam is Associate Professor in Immunology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Thiru teaches microbiology and immunology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is a Course (Program) Director in the School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences. Her research interests include veterinary and medical microbiology and vaccine development. Thiru has a keen interest in microbiology education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE), UK. She is involved in outreach and mentoring activities, promoting microbiology in the local community.

NORTH AMERICA

Mexico

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      Angélica M. Jara (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)

      Angelica is a PhD student at National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her project focuses on analyzing the composition of microbial communities associated with the roots of plants under different conditions. She's passionate about science communication and wants to increase awareness of the importance of microbiology and the current research that is being done around the world. Environmental microbiology and microbial genomics interest her the most and she believes that communicating about them would turn on the spotlight on the role that microbes play on the environment.

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      Guillermo Pérez Esteban (Chapingo Autonomous University, Mexico)

      I am Guillermo Pérez Esteban a doctoral student in Agri-Food Sciences at the Autonomous University of Chapingo, Mexico. I love microbiology, I am fascinated by isolating lactic acid bacteria and using them as starters for other dairy products. I consider that microbiology is a fundamental subject for the progress of various areas of knowledge, Likewise, we have the social commitment to continue contributing to the community to continue searching for scientific vocations.

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      Karla Ortiz Trapala (Chapingo Autonomous University, Mexico)

      My name is Karla Ortiz Trapala; I am a Master in agri-food science and technology for the Chapingo Autonomous University. I am fond of microbiology and molecular biology; I am learning about bioactive peptides and a little about massive sequencing data analysis. I joined the group of Champions because I like to share with society the knowledge that is acquired in the laboratory and that contribute to combating misinformation, shiring experiences and knowledge that can be a source of inspiration for young people.

Canada

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      Alain Richard

      I have a Ph.D. in Microbiology-Immunology. My 25-year career was mostly in human therapeutics. I wish to share ideas and tips in academia-industry technology transfer. I am studying archaeology in continuing education at the University of Oxford, U.K. I am also interested in the history of microbiology, as well as archaeological microbiology. I want to raise awareness about the society's activities and publications in Eastern Canada, to students and professionals in the innovation ecosystem.

SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil

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      Bruno Francesco Rodrigues de Oliveira (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)

      Bruno is an Assistant Professor of Bacteriology and Principal Investigator in the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology at the Fluminense Federal University in Niterói, Brazil. Currently, his research group focuses on marine microbiology and bacterial (pan)genomics. In addition to his research activities, Bruno is interested in science communication and outreach, finding the "translation" of complex science language to the broader public essential. He hopes to publicise the awesome work of the Microbiology Society in Brazil and abroad, particularly to highlight  the importance of academic societies to undergraduate and postgraduate students in microbial sciences. As a Champion, he has been working towards bringing more visibility to the LGBTQ+ microbiologists' community.