Current Lab Members

Professor David Grainger

Dave trained as a biochemist and is interested in different aspects of bacterial chromosome biology, particularly gene regulation. He relocated his laboratory to the University of Birmingham in March 2011 having previously established a research group at the University of...

Dr. James Haycocks

Originally from London, James did his undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Virology at the University of Warwick, before completing his PhD in the Grainger lab. James currently studies the regulation of pathogenicity in Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) and Vibrio cholerae. James...

Dr. David Forrest

David grew up in Sheffield, and much to his parents dismay stayed there to study for his undergraduate Masters degree at The University of Sheffield. He then moved to the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology at Newcastle University for his...

Dr. Prateek Sharma

Prateek studied Genetic Engineering at SRM University, India, and did his undergraduate research project at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS). At NCBS he developed an interest in Molecular Microbiology and Plant defence systems. After his undergraduate degree, Prateek...

Dr. Emily Warman

Emily is from Devon and moved to Birmingham in 2012 to study at the University of Birmingham. After graduating with an MSci in Human Biology she returned to the university as a PhD student and Research Technician with the Grainger...

Dr Simon Legood

Simon moved to Birmingham to study Biological Sciences at Aston University. After a brief stint in finance, Simon completed his MSc at the IMI where he went to on to work as a technician in Jessica Blair's Lab. Simon returned...

Mr Matt Adams

Matt is originally from Hertfordshire and moved to Birmingham in 2018 to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham. He graduated with an MSci in Biochemistry. His interests in the molecular mechanisms of how pathogens cause disease brought...

Mrs Ksenia Klimova

Ksenia grew up in Tomsk (Russia), where she did her undergraduate degree in Biosciences. After graduation she moved to London and worked for Latis Scientific, Alpha Scientific and Procter&Gamble as a microbiologist. Ksenia joined the Grainger Lab as a PhD...

Mr. Charles Cooper

Charles, originally from London, spent most of his childhood in Portugal. He completed his integrated masters in biochemistry at the University of Oxford. He is interested in the regulation of antibiotic resistance and is studying these mechanisms in Acinetobacter baumanii. Charles is funded by the...

Mr. Andrew Fletcher

Born and raised in Milton Keynes, Andrew completed his undergraduate Masters in Biochemistry at The University of Birmingham. As part of his degree he completed a year placement at GSK, before returning for his final year where he explored the...

Mrs Rachel Hoare (nee Wheat)

Rachel started work at UoB in 2006 as a research technician, later undertaking a part-time MSc in Clinical Oncology. During her time at UoB she has gained experience in cell culture, molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, clinical oncology, genomics, and in-depth Nanopore sequencing...

Previous Lab Members

Dr. Shivani Singh

After completing her BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Central Lancashire, Shivani obtained an MSc in Medical Molecular Microbiology from University of Aberdeen. Following this, she took up a Research Assistant post with Professor Ian R Booth in...

Dr. Laura Sellars

Laura is from the Wirral and did a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of York. She came to Birmingham to join Steve Busby's lab for her PhD before moving across the IMI to the Grainger lab for a Wellcome...

Dr. Kiran Chintakayala

Kiran joined the group in 2010 as a BBSRC funded post-doctoral researcher having previously completed his PhD studies at the University of Nottingham with Prof. Panos Soultanas. Kiran is now Senior Scientist at Evotec in Oxfordshire.

Dr. Lisa Lamberte

Lisa, born and raised in Manila, is currently a post doctoral reseacher working on Escherichia coli gene expression and pervasive transcription. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree the De La Salle University-Manila. From there she went on to obtain...

Dr. Gemma Warren

Gemma grew up in County Durham and moved to the Midlands in 2000 to study Mathematics at the University of Warwick. After her undergraduate degree she stayed at Warwick and joined the MOAC Doctoral Training Centre, where she completed an...

Dr. Jai Manneh

Jainaba is from Birmingham and completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Wolverhampton. She moved to The Gambia to work at the MRC Gambia site before joining the Grainger Lab on a 3-year PhD programme. She has interests...

Dr. Rachel Kettles

Rachel is originally from Essex and completed her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Surrey in 2014, before joining the Grainger Lab for her PhD which was funded by the BBSRC as part of the Midlands Integrative Biosciences...

Dr. Alistair Middlemiss

Alistair grew up in East Sussex and completed his MSci degree in Microbiology at the University of East Anglia.  He is interested in bacterial pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance.  His PhD focused on MarR, the repressor of the multiple antibiotic resistance...

Dr. Tom Guest

Tom is originally from Somerset and completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He moved to Birmingham for his PhD and was funded by the BBSRC as part of the MIBTP. Tom work on gene...

Dr. Lucas Walker

Lucas grew up in Portsmouth and moved north to do his undergraduate Master's in Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield. After a year and a half in London, working as a research technician at UCL, he applied to the Grainger...

Dr. Alexandra Trigg

Alexandra is originally from Newcastle and completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Sheffield. She went on to study her MSc Microbiology and Infection at The University of Birmingham before completing her PhD, on mechanisms...