Lab members

PhD Students

Josh Sutton


I research S. aureus host-pathogen interactions with a focus on the role of the cell wall. I use HPLC, mass spectrometry and in vivo techniques to study the importance of peptidoglycan metabolism in virulence.
Twitter @mrjafs

Tom Hamer


I study S. aureus surface proteins using Atomic Force Microscopy and Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy. Using these super-resolution techniques, I plan to localise a range of surface proteins down to a nanometre scale.
Twitter @HamerMicroBio

Amy Tooke


I'm investigating S. aureus host-pathogen interactions and biofilm formation. I am focussing on the response of S. aureus to antibiotic treatments using an in vivo model combined with fluorescence microscopy techniques.
Twitter @AKTooke

Callum Portman Ross


My research focusses on protein interactions between resistance determinants in Staphylococcus aureus.
Twitter @callumr2017

Katie Walton


I am studying the cell wall architecture of S. aureus with a focus on cell wall-associated proteins and their secretion. I plan to use a range of molecular and microscopic techniques to better understand how and why proteins end up where they are on the cell surface.
Twitter: @katiewalt0n

Lucia Lafage


My research is focused on the bacterial envelope of Staphylococcus aureus. The use of various Electron Microscopy techniques paired with biochemical approaches can help us understand what happens during antibiotic-induced death. I am particularly interested on the exoplasmic space and its role in turgor maintenance.

Yuyao Yin


My research focuses on the mechanisms of daptomycin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus.

Natalia Hajdamowicz


My PhD project is about how human neutrophils (immune cells which respond rapidly to control infections) kill Staphylococcus aureus, a major cause of human disease and death, and how hypoxia interferes with this bacterial killing process. Read more here.

Oliver Carnell


I study S. aureus cell division, wall teichoic acids and S. aureus infection.

Post Doctoral Research Staff

Dr. Josie Gibson


I'm investigating how S. aureus is able to cause infection, specifically how S. aureus can take advantage of commensal bacteria to promote its own survival within phagocytes.

Twitter: @JosieFGibson

Dr. Kasia Wacnik


I’m studying S. aureus essential proteins involved in cell division and peptidoglycan synthesis using a combination of genetics and fluorescence microscopy approaches.

Dr. Grace Pidwill


I'm looking at the mechanism behind augmentation of S. aureus virulence, which is when commensal bacteria protect S. aureus from killing by host immune cells.

Twitter: @GracePidwill

Dr. Bartek Salamaga


I’m investigating contribution of S. aureus peptidoglycan hydrolases in life and death of bacterial cell.
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Dr. Victoria Lund

My work focuses on the application of super-resolution microscopy (STORM & SIM) to bacterial samples. In particular to investigate peptidoglycan synthesis and cell division of Gram positive bacteria.

Dr. Laia Pasquina


My research focuses on understanding the organization and architecture of the bacterial cell wall at molecular level, using AFM. I am currently developing new approaches to improve our current resolution.
Twitter: @Laia_Pasquina

Dr. Viral Panchal


My research focuses on investigating the underlying mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and how antibiotics kill bacteria using a set of biochemical approaches.

Dr. Bohdan Bilyk

Main goal of my work is to identfy the mechanisms of resistance to cell wall targeting antibiotics in Staphylococcus aureus. I am also interested in studying physiological differences between antibiotic resistant and sensive bacteria.

Dr. Mariana Tinajero-Trejo


My research is focused on studying the function and interactions of some of the proteins involved in Staphylococcus aureus cell division.