PhD and MSc Researchers
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.
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.
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.
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.
My MSc project is investigating antimicrobial resistance in S. aureus with a particular focus on evolving resistance to Gentamicin. I am also investigating potentially undiscovered mode of action by this aminoglycoside in Gram-positive bacteria utilizing various molecular biology techniques including SIM microscopy.
Postdoctoral 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.
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. Bartek Salamaga
I’m investigating contribution of S. aureus peptidoglycan hydrolases in life and death of bacterial cell.
Dr. 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.
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.
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. Mariana Tinajero-Trejo
My research is focused on studying the function and interactions of some of the proteins involved in Staphylococcus aureus cell division.
Dr. Abimbola Feyisara Olulana
My research work focusses on deciphering the cell wall architecture of antimicrobial-resistant strains at the nanoscale using high-resolution atomic force microscopy.
Dr. Bohdan BilykMain 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.
Previous lab members
My research focuses on the mechanisms of daptomycin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus.
Dr. Oliver Carnell
I study S. aureus cell division, wall teichoic acids and S. aureus infection.
Dr. Victoria LundMy 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.