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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 UK laboratory is in the Health Sciences Building, Queen's University Belfast. His Canadian laboratory is in the Siebens-Drake Research Building, University of Western Ontario.


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).
Katie Nurse

Katie Nurse, Bachelor of Applied Technology in Biotechnology (Fanshawe College), Research Assistant

Enthusiastic and dependable, keeps me on top of the game, the lab remains organized, and nobody dares to say no when she asks for volunteers

Janet Torres-Bustos

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

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

Ángel Andrade Torres

Ángel Andrade Torres, Ph.D. (Universidad Autónoma de México), Postdoctoral Fellow

Interested in learning molecular pathogenesis, Ángel is exploring why B. cenocepacia likes to delay phagosomal maturation.

Faviola Tavares

Faviola Tavares, Ph.D. (Universidad Autónoma de México), Postdoctoral Fellow

Interested in how complex membrane proteins work Faviola is exploring proteins that modify the lipopolysaccharide.


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.

Gonzalo Pradenas

Gonzalo Pradenas, Ph.D. in Microbiology (Universidad de Santiago de Chile), Invited Research Fellow

From an winning team to another, hoping to unravel key features common to the pathogenesis of Burkholderia cenocepacia and other cystic fibrosis pathogens.

Omar El-Halfawy

Omar El-Halfawy, M.Sc. (University of Alexandria), Ph.D. (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), Ph.D. student Queen's University

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

Tina Schmidt

Amy Ford, MRes Biomedical Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Ph.D. Student Queen's University

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

2014 Summer Students: Emma Kavanagh, and Shane O'Sullivan

Summer Students





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