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 lab to undertake his PhD. Lucas’s work, on gene regulation in Vibrio cholerae, was funded by the BBSRC as part of the MIBTP. After completing his PhD, Lucas was appointed to the position of scientist at Apis Assay Technologies.

      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. 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 regulation and cyclic-di-GMP signalling in V. cholerae during his PhD. He has now taken up a post-doctoral position in Umeå working with Felipe Cava.

            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 operon and the downstream activator MarA.  Alistair was funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance. He is now senior scientist, molecular biologist, at GSK in Worthing.

              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 MSc and PhD in Mathematical Biology and Biophysical Chemistry. She then worked as a Post Doc at Warwick Medical School for 3 years. She moved to Aston University to work as a laboratory technician, before joining the Grainger lab as a research technician in 2016. Gemma moved back to the north east in 2020 and is currently Principle Science Technician at Nelson Thomlinson School in Cumbria.

                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 Training Partnership (MIBTP). After her PhD, Rachel worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manchester before joining the NHS as a clinical microbiologist in 2020.

                  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 Trust funded post-doc position. Laura joined Lab Support UK in 2015.

                    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 in the molecular mechanisms of virulence and pathogenesis of enteropathogens and was funded by the Islamic Development Bank’s Merit Scheme. After graduating, Jai worked as a research molecular biologist at Biofidelity Ltd.

                      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 her Master of Science in Microbiology degree at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. After attaining her degree, she worked at the Marine Science Institute at the same university working in close collaboration with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. In 2012, she moved to Birmingham and obtained her PhD in 2016. In 2017 Lisa obtained a post-doctoral position with Prof. Willem van Schaik to study antibiotic resistance and the microbiome.

                        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 University of Aberdeen. Shivani joined our group in 2009, obtained her PhD in 2014, and worked with us as a Leverhulme Trust funded post-doc until 2017. Shivani’s next destination was the MRC London institute of medical sciences, where she completed a post-doctoral research position. In 2020, Shivani joined Nucleus Global to work in medical communications.