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I am Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom, and also Professor Emeritus in Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

My laboratory is in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute of Experimental Medicine, Queen's University Belfast.


Office number (44) (0) 28 9097 6025


Research is fun...just a lifestyle, not a job.

Lab's Mission Statement

  • To carry out hypothesis-driven research in microbiology
  • To train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to become outstanding biomedical scientists
  • To develop and foster an environment of scientific inquiry, and at the same time respect for each individual's expertise and contribution
  • To place an emphasis on personal and scientific integrity and on team player skills

Advice for Young (and Old too) Professors

  • "...although you've been hired for your scientific skills and research potential, your eventual success will depend heavily on your ability to guide, lead, and empower others to do their best work..." (Thomas Cech).
  • "...only science, exact science about human nature itself, and the most sincere approach to it by the aid of the all-powerful scientific method, will deliver man from its present gloom, and will purge him from his contemporary shame in the sphere of interhuman relations..." (Ivan Pavlov, 1922).
  • "...We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing..." (George Bernard Show).
Shi-qi An

Shi-qi An, PhD in Molecular Microbiology (Guangxi University, China), Postdoctoral Research Associate

From China via Ireland and Scotland and back, to shine sunlight on Burkholderia global regulation of virulence.

Julia Monjaras Feria

Julia Monjaras Feria, PhD in Biomedical Sciences (UNAM, Mexico), Postdoctoral Research Associate

From Mexico to us bringing spice to Burkholderia secretion systems.

Fabiana Bisaro

Fabiana Bisaro, BSc Biotechnology (University of Rosario, Rosario, Argentina), International PhD Student

Willing to exchange sun for clouds to better herself while getting her hands entangled with actin fibers in disarray...and smiling about it.

Marwa NaGuib

MarWa NaGuib Khobaz, MSc Pharmaceutical Microbiology (University of Alexandria, Egypt), Newton-Moshraf International PhD Student

From the land of sun and sand to the Irish rocks to unravel novel mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in Burkholderia.

Georgiana Parau

Georgiana Parau, BSc Biomedical Sciences (Queen's University, UK), PhD Student

Fresh to tackle the cellular microbiology of Enterobacter cloacae complex, an understudied multidrug resistant opportunist.

Sam Patterson

Michael Gilmore, MSci Biological Sciences, MSc Student

In pursuit of novel mechanisms of antibiotic heteroresistance in Enterobacter species.

Amy Sterling

Amy Sterling, MRes Biomedical Sciences, MSc Student

Trying to figure out how bacterial membrane lipids survive damage from peroxidation.

Abiola Isawumi

Abiola Isawumi, West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, University of Ghana, Visiting PhD Student

On a quest to control the spread of antimicrobial resistance of hospital acquirted infectioons.

2017 Honours' Students: Lena Glaser, James Allen, Matthew Herdman





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