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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.

Contact:

Office number (44) (0) 28 9097 2878
Fax number (44) (0) 28 9097 2671
m.valvano@qub.ac.uk

 

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).
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

Xiang Ruan

Xiang Ruan, Ph.D. (Tsinghua University, China), Postdoctoral Fellow

Tenacious at all cost, slower pace but but always stepping on solid ground, and ready to tackle the assembly of O antigen and its ligation to the lipid A-core oligosaccharide.

Crystal Schmerk

Crystal Schmerk, Ph.D. (University of Victoria, Canada), Postdoctoral Fellow

Multitasking, tireless, and always hungry. Ready to tackle intracellular survival of B. multivorans in macrophages, the role of hopanoids, and much more...

Anna Hanuszkiewicz

Anna Hanuszkiewicz, Ph.D. (Research Centre Borstel, Germany), Postdoctoral Research Associate

She agreed with my principles of why a PDF should do science...didn't get the job for that, but because she likes to work hard and smile a lot while unravelling how B. cenocepacia glycosylates proteins.

Kinnari Patel

Kinnari Patel, Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario) Postdoctoral Research Associate

Patiently and quietly trying to see how loops and pops ("loolypops") determine the function of O-antigen assembly proteins.

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 modifiy the lipopolysaccharide.

Cristóbal

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 remodelling 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. student

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.

 

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.

Tina Schmidt

Tina Schmidt, B.Sc. (University of Potsdam, Germany), M.Sc. student

Ready to tackle structure-function analyses on the WecA protein as a home run to complete her MSc Degree in the Free University of Berlin.

2013 Summer Students (from left): Raquel Medialdea, Jack Thompson, Chris Connolly, Kilian Schütt

Leslie Daille

 

 

 

 

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