Championing Microbiology and the Microbiology Society

Issue: Metabolism, Health and Disease

07 May 2019 article

Champions are members who volunteer in their local place of work or study. They get involved in a wide variety of activities and initiatives to help raise awareness of microbiology and the Microbiology Society. Through their actions – and the actions of many others of you who aren’t specifically designated ‘Champions’ but who do similar things – the Society’s impact, influence and membership continues to increase.

Ed Cunningham-Oakes, a Society Champion, has said:

One of the greatest things about being a Society Champion is being at the frontline of networking and funding for researchers in the field, and being given the opportunity to disseminate useful information at a plethora of networking events. You can travel, meet other researchers, and become a hub of societal information and opportunities. I would highly recommend becoming a Champion to anyone looking to develop holistically, both as a researcher in the field, and an individual.

Have you ever considered becoming a Society Champion?

Do you not have a Champion based at your institution or in your local area? Being a Champion is a great way to develop new skills, give something back, or you can use your involvement to help advance your own career. As well as access to a budget to support Champion-led initiatives, you’ll also benefit from great support and encouragement from the Society in your role. Find out more about the Society Champions scheme and how you can get involved on our website (

If you don’t want to be a Champion in the formal sense, you could be one simply by helping spread the word about the Society to a friend or colleague. Word of mouth helps bring the Society to the attention of friends, work colleagues and students who may not yet be members, but could be, and helps to strengthen the microbiology community and networks. Whatever your involvement – as a formal Champion or an informal one, you make a very significant difference and help bring microbiologists together.

If you have any questions or need any support please contact us at [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 7685 2680.

Paul Easton

Head of Membership Services
[email protected]

Society Champions

Find out who the Society Champions are in your institution or local area:

Northern Ireland

Chris Proctor, Ulster University

Daniel Storey, Queens University Belfast

Georgiana Parau, Queens University Belfast

Linda Oyama, Queen’s University Belfast

Lindsay Broadbent, Queen’s University Belfast

Sara Pidcock, Queens University Belfast

Yinka Somorin, Queens University Belfast

Republic of Ireland

Gerard Sheehan, Maynooth University

Nathaniel Cole, Maynooth University

Sinead Corr, Trinity College Dublin


Connor Bamford, University of Glasgow

Elizabeth Wignall-Fleming, MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research

Katherine Duncan, University of Strathclyde

Kirsty Robb, University of Strathclyde

Sara Clohisey, The Roslin Institute

Zoe Leckie, University of Glasgow


Benjamin Johns, University Hospital of Wales

Daniel Morse, Cardiff University

Ed Cunningham-Oakes, Cardiff University

Eleanor Furness, University of Aberystwyth

Lauren Kerr, Cardiff Institute of Infection and Immunity

Michael Pascoe, Cardiff University

Eastern England

Lisa Crossman, University of East Anglia

Nicola Crewe, University of Lincoln


Arikana Massiah, St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Sreyashi Basu, University College London

Midlands of England

Alice Lanne, University of Birmingham

Anja Dokic, University of Birmingham

Carl Aston, University of Nottingham

Colman O’Cathail, University of Nottingham

Ethan Iles, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Magdalena Karlikowska, University of Warwick

Nathan Ashley, ALS Laboratories

Rebecca Philp, Science Oxford

Ruth Nottingham, University of Nottingham

Saba Amir, Nottingham Trent University

Vicky Smith, University of Nottingham

North West England

Angharad Green, University of Liverpool

Chloe James, University of Salford

Kate Baker, University of Liverpool

Maria Afonso, University of Liverpool

South East England

Alicia Russell, John Innes Centre, Norwich

Chinyere Okoro, University of Surrey

Laura Petch, University of Kent

Louisa Wallace, University of Surrey

Matthew Herdman, University of Oxford

Michael Macey, The Open University

Robert Will, University of Cambridge

South West England

Nigel Brown retired, previously University of Edinburgh

Ruth Maclaren, Sciencedipity

Tina Joshi, University of Plymouth


Alex Remmington, University of Sheffield

Lee Sherry, University of Leeds

Omololu Fagunwa, University of Huddersfield


Arindam Mitra, Adamas University, India

Alya Redhwan, Princess Nourah University, Saudi Arabia

Ayman Ahmed, Sudan

Bauyrzhan Tashmukhambetov, Kazakh National Medical University, Kazakhstan

Gayetri Ramachandran, Institute IMAGINE, France

Ikbal Agah Ince, Acıbadem University, Turkey

Jinxin Zhao, Monash University, Australia

Manoj Pradhan, Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal

Maria Davis, University of Regina, Canada

Marilia Costa, Paraiba State University, Brazil

Nilay Joshi, Unique Pharmaceutical Laboratories, India

Sagar Aryal, St Xavier’s College, Nepal and Kathmandu Center for Genomics and Research Laboratory (KCGRL), Nepal