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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 for 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).
Karolina Wojtania-O'Farrell

Karolina Wojtania-O'Farrell, MSc in Plant and Microorganisms Biotechnology and MSc in General and Experimental Biology, University of Silesia, Poland; MPhil in Immunology, Queen's University Belfast, Research Technician

The one entrusted with the mission to keep the lab going despite my efforts to mess it all up.

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 and a wealth of expertise in structural biology and protein secretion.

 Keren Turton

Keren Turton, PhD Biomolecular Chemistry (University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA), Postdoctoral Research Associate

From immunology to cellular microbiology and genetics ready to tackle how CFTR macrophages clear bacteria.

Nicolás Feldman

Nicolás Feldman, MSc Biology, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, PhD student

With great enthusiasm to decode the mechanism of action of bacterial lipocalins to protect membrane lipids from peroxidative stress.

Paulina Zarodkiewicz

Paulina Zarodkiewicz, MSc Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Queen's University Belfast, PhD student, ESR supported by the BactiVax ITN

Very committed to tackle antimicrobial resistance by developing vaccines against ESKAPE bacteria for which AMR pathogens will not be able to escape.

Lewis MacDonald

Lewis MacDonald, BScSc Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, University of St. Andrews, PhD student.

Scottish power to untangle lipopolysaccharide modifications and pro-inflammatory activities of Achromobacter species

Hannah Parks

Hannah Parks, MSci Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, PhD student

Peeking on Achromobacter species abilities to survive in macrophages.

Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson, MSci Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, PhD student

On a quest to understand the T6SS of Enterobacter cloacae complex isolates.

Paulina Baranowska

Paulina Baranowska, Biomedical Sciences, Ulster University, MSc student in Experimental Medicine; co-supervised in collaboration with Dr. Guillermo Lopez-Campos

Investigating the dark side of technology: How anthropogenic chemicals influence antimicrobial resistance.

Rebecca McClenaghan

Rebecca McClenaghan, School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, Placement student

Learning how to unravel the secrets of cardiolipins and lipid peroxidation upon bacterial stress.

Nana Eghele Adade

Nana Eghele Adade, West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, University of Ghana, Visiting PhD Student, Commonwealth Scholarship

Smiling at Vibrio cholerae getting dizzy at every transfer to explore experimental evolution.

Niki Sotiropoulou

Niki Sotiropoulou, MD student, Queen's University Belfast, Summer Student, WWIEM Summer Student Scholarship

Ready to query how lipocalins help Klebsiella strains to fight oxidative stress.

Mohamad Hamad

Mohamad Hamad (Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates), Visiting Researcher

A former trainee who has persevered to continue in academia and happy to come back to tame the genetics of Burkholderia.

Inmaculada Garcia-Romero

Inmaculada Garcia-Romero, PhD (Pablo Olavide University, Spain), Visiting Researcher

Until recently with us, now pursuing her own dream back in Spain but still happy to return from time to time.





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