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Dr. Valvano is a 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.

His 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 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.

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.

Sam Patterson

Sam Patterson, MSci Biological Sciences, MSc Student

In pursuit of novel pathways to regulate Type 6 secretion in Burkholderia cenocepacia.

Sean Keenan

Sean Keenan, MRes Biomedical Sciences, MSc Student

From biostatistics to silver staining of Achromobacter lipopolysaccharide: do not mess with me.

Dr. Sima Tokajian

Dr. Sima Tokajian, PhD, Associate Professor, Lebanese American University at Byblos; Visiting Professor

From the land of the Canaanites to the Belfast cloud to combat multidrug antibiotic resistance in ESKAPE pathogens.

2016 Honours' Students: Stephen Carson (Queen's University)





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