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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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  1. Graduate Students

Graduate Students

Harriet Bartlett
  • PhD Candidate
  • I research livestock sustainability: the relationships between biodiversity loss, GHG emissions, antibiotic use and welfare.
Carlos Bastos
  • Development of metal-based nanominerals for antimicrobial applications.
Dorien Braam
  • PhD Student
  • I study the prevalence of zoonoses in displaced populations, to gain a better understanding of disease dynamics and control.
Hayley Brodrick
  • Research assistant with the Peacock Research group regarding MRSA
Daniel Buhl
  • Application of novel mass spectrometry methods for the rapid identification of bacteria and AMR directly from clinical samples
Elliott Bussell
  • Modelling the effect of the host landscape on plant diseases
Bihe Chen
  • Type III toxin-antitoxin
Ruby Coates
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • PhD candidate studying fundamental and molecular biology of Campylobacter jejuni
Lily Cohen
  • MPhil Student
  • Department of Social Anthropology and HPS
  • Anthropology of outbreak response systems, social determinants of disease, and conservation medicine (One Health)
Laura Cooper
  • Exploring the potential for serogroup replacement following the introduction of MenAfriVac in the African meningitis belt
Matthew Corney
  • My current work is based around solving the structure and biosynthesis of a novel new fungicide from Dickeya Solani
Audrey Crousilles
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence and the glyoxylate shunt.
Matthew Dorman
  • PhD Student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
Suzie Forrest
  • PhD Student
  • Post-translational modifications of proteins secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Nicholas Gleadall
  • Clinical microbiology, development and spread of resistance to antimicrobial and antiviral agents.
Emma Glennon
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate Student
  • Disease dynamics and ecological drivers, particularly of bat-borne viruses and other emerging pathogens.
Cassi Henderson
  • I am a biomedical engineer working on solutions for enabling low-cost diagnostics
Sophie Ip
  • Graduate Student: Working on mathematical and computational modelling of systems in immunology.
Aminu Jahun
  • Novel sensing mechanisms of non-enveloped viruses.
Andromachi Karachaliou
  • PhD Student
  • Using mathematical models to evaluate and inform immunisation strategies with MenAfriVac in the African meningitis belt
Venetia Karamitsou
  • Mathematical models for the evolution of influenza that link the within- and between-host scales
Panayiota Katsamba
  • I develop mathematical models of the physical mechanics of bacterial locomotion and bacteriophages, viruses infecting bacteria.
Ellis Kelly
  • PhD Candidate
  • Indole signalling in E. coli.
Stephen Kissler
  • PhD candidate studying the population dynamics of pandemic influenza
Vivian Lam
  • PhD Student
  • Towards "Defeating meningitis by 2030": an interdisciplinary contribution to the WHO's global roadmap
Marissa Ledger
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • My research is focused on the detection of parasites in past populations and their co-evolution with humans
Emily Lees
  • Graduate Student
John Lees
  • I am studying host-pathogen interaction in bacterial meningitis, based on sequencing data from the Netherlands
Jia Lu
  • Pathogen Biology and Evolution
Marta Matuszewska
  • PhD student
  • I am currently investigating the ability of bacteria to adapt to new hosts and the ecological context for host switching.
Alyssa McVey
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Characterisation and Regulation of Malate Synthase G in the glyoxylate shunt of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Monique Merchant
  • Glycoprotein structural studies and phylogenetic analysis to study evolutionary virology.
Marcel Meyer
  • Department of Plant Sciences
  • Mathematical modelling of atmospheric dispersion of pathogens.
Ana Mosterin
  • I'm a graduate student and administrator in the Pathogen Evolution group. I'm interested in flu and vaccines.
Angalee Nadesalingam
  • PhD candidate
  • Studying the transmission and risk factors of Lassa virus.
Valentina Ndolo
  • Studying the spatial distribution of anthrax in Uganda using ecological niche modelling.
Máire Ní Leathlobhair
  • Genetic diversity and evolution of transmissible cancers
Thomas O'Brien
  • PhD Student and Research Assistant
  • Developing an in vitro model for the stable recapitulation of cystic fibrosis associated polymicrobial communities in the lab.
Yue Yuan On
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • PhD candidate studying the development and road-testing of an inducible hypermutator strain of P. aeruginosa
Christian K. Owusu
  • I am using genomic tools to better understand the Th2 response in the murine model of Schistosoma mansoni infection.
Velislava Petrova
  • Characterisation of B cell immune repertoires in measles infection.
Daniel Plaza
  • PhD Student
  • I am studying bacterial production of secondary metabolites at the Department of Biochemistry.
Alex Quintero
  • Role of quorum sensing in the regulation of gas vesicles, prodiogiosin and carbapenem in enterobacteria
Gianmarco Raddi
  • Anopheles gambiae hemocyte response to Plasmodium infection
Avinash Reddy
  • Graduate Researcher, Department of Genetics
  • Computational approaches to understand the influence of host-protein molecular interactions on global viral evolution
Stephanie Reikine
  • I am using biophysical tools to understand the properties that underlie TLR9 activation by ssDNA from pathogens.
Tomas Kappes Reveco
  • Bacteriophages host range engineering for biotechnological applications
Andy Russell
  • PhD Student
  • Transcriptomics
Thomas Sanford
  • PhD student studying the influence of G-quadruplexes on positive strand RNA virus replication.
Muriel Leandra Schicketanz
  • MPhil
  • Investigation of the plant pathogen Dickeya solani, in particular what is controlled by Quorum sensing.
Dushanth Seevaratnam
  • PhD Student, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Local production of cheap and rapid diagnostic tools for the detection of malaria and leptospirosis.
Andrea Strakova
  • PhD student leading the canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) project
Wai Wan (Vivian) Sze-To
  • Use of clinical informatics to understand the epidemiology of invasive fungal infection among hospitalised patients
Maria Tang
  • PhD Student, Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics
  • Mathematical modelling of population dynamics of infectious diseases such as influenza
Gerry Tonkin-Hill
  • WSI/Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • PhD Student
  • Applied statisticianinvestigating transmission in endemic diseases such as Streptococcus pneumoniae
Emem-Fong Ukor
  • Understanding and predicting acute pulmonary exacerbations in adults with Cystic Fibrosis
Arporn Wangwiwatsin
  • Recently started PhD student aiming to look at interactions between liver fluke parasite and its host.
Robert C Will
  • PhD Student
  • Department of Medicine
  • Researching the evolutionary variations on global C. diphtheriae genomes
Katriina Willgert
  • BBSRC PhD student
  • Infectious disease dynamics at the human-animal interface
Laura Williamson
  • Investigating host-pathogen interactions during BK Polyomavirus infection. Working in the Crump Lab.
Professor James Wood
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinarian, epidemiology with interests in the infection dynamics and control of a number of diseases in Africa and globally.
Ziyue Zeng
  • Isolating and investigating generalised transducing LamB-dependent phages from the environment