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Dr. Valvano is a Professor holding a Chair of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Centre for Infection and Immunity, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom, and is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

His laboratory is in the Health Sciences Building, Queen's University Belfast.


Office number (44) (0) 28 9097 2878
Fax number (44) (0) 28 9097 2671


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).
Janet Torres-Bustos

Janet Torres-Bustos, Biochemist, University of Chile, Research Assistant

Enthusiastic, reliable and well organized. Always ready for new challenges with smile


Cristóbal Mujica Troncoso, Ph.D. (Universidad de Santiago de Chile), Postdoctoral Research Associate

Combining biochemistry and genetics to find out how B. cenocepacia can escape from dormancy by remodeling its peptidoglycan cell wall.

Omar El-Halfawy

Omar El-Halfawy, M.Sc. (University of Alexandria), Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario), Postdoctoral Fellow

Rigorously trained in microbial pharmacology and with impeccable work ethics, he will tell us how Burkholderia communicates its extraordinary antimicrobial resistance to its neighbors.

Maryam Khodai-Kalaki

Maryam Khodai-Kalaki, M.Sc. (University of Western Ontario), Ph.D. student

Very soft spoken but with strong determination to succeed in science and impeccable planning of the experiments, Maryam is learning how AtsR works as a global virulence regulator.

Yasmine Fathy

Yasmine Fathy, M.Sc. (University of Alexandria), International Ph.D. student

Comes from the land of pharaohs to investigate the multitude of flippases and oligosaccharyltransferases in B. cenocepacia.

Amy Ford

Amy Ford, MRes Biomedical Science (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow), Ph.D. Student

From Scotland to Northern Ireland, to shine sunlight on the structure-function of O-antigen initiating membrane enzymes... despite the rain everywhere else.

Fabiana Bisaro

Fabiana Bisaro, BSc Biotechnology (University of Rosario, Rosario, Argentina), International Ph.D. Student

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

Angela Zurita Guisado

Angela Zurita Guisado, Pharmacy (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain), Erasmus Visiting Research Scientist

Fascinated about scientific research and with an indomitable will to succeed understanding what Burkholderia cenocepacia protein secretion sytems do to macrophage cells.

2015 Summer Students: Nicola Osborne (Newcastle University) and Jamie French (Cambridge University)

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