PAST LAB MEMBERS
Nicola Baker (Postdoc, 2017-2023). Nicola worked on protein kinases of Leishmania involved in differentiation. She now holds a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship at the University of York to study protein kinases involved in haptomonad differentiation.
Catherine Russell (Graduate Student 2019-2023). Thesis title "Investigating bromodomain proteins as targets for antileishmanial drug discovery". Catherine has joined a Medical Animation company, Random42.
Giulia Bandini (Research Fellow 2020-2022). Giulia was a Centre for Future Health Fellow working on Toxoplasma gondii glycosylation. She joined Clarivate as a medical writer.
Ewan Parry (Graduate Student, 2017-2021). Ewan was a PhD student in the Walrad and Mottram labs. Thesis title "RNA-binding proteins required for differentiation and infectivity in Leishmania mexicana parasites". Ewan went on to a postdoc position with Steve Sinkins at the Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow.
James Smith (Technician 2021-2022). James worked in support of our Biological Services Facility activities. He left to join Pharmidex.
Vincent Geoghegan (Postdoc, 2017-2021). Vincent's work in the Mottram lab involved developing XL-BioID proximity proteomics and characterising the signalling pathways regulating kinetochore function. Vincent joined Luke Alphey's lab at the Pirbright Institute to work on pathogens of bees, and then returned to York to work with Gavin Wright on Plasmodium.
Rebecca Burge (Graduate Student, 2016-2020) Rebecca was an MRC iCASE student with a Thesis title "The ubiquitination enzymes of Leishmania mexicana". Rebecca is now an associate medical writer at Oxford PharmaGenesis Ltd.
Jayanthi Anand (Senior Research Technician, 2016-2020). Jayanthi was involved in supporting projects relating to drug discovery for tropical diseases. She is now working as a Senior Scientific Officer at Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, Glasgow.
Chris Bower-Lepts (Masters student, 2017-2019). Chris carried out his masters project in the Mottram lab and later returned as a research assistant. He went on to do a PhD with Julian Rayner at The University of Cambridge, working on Plasmodium.
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Manuel Alejandro Saldivia Concepción (Postdoc 2016-2018). Manuel's work in the Mottram lab involved testing novel compounds against T. brucei using a stage II animal model (in vivo imaging) and the identification and characterisation of probable targets. As of 2019, Manuel holds the role of Investigator II at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD) in San Francisco and is working on drug discovery for Chagas disease.
Elaine Brown (2006-2018). Elaine was the lab manager and a research technician in the Mottram lab for over 10 years. She left to take up a research technician position at The University of Glasgow.
Andreas Damianou (Graduate student, 2014-2018). Thesis title "Identifying and exploiting deubiquitinating cysteine peptidases in Leishmania". Andreas went on to a postdoc position with Benedikt Kessler in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford.
Sarah Forrester (Postdoc, 2016-2018). Sarah worked on a bioinformatic project that aimed to build a “virtual lab” to model visceralising leishmania infections through the use and integration of transcriptomic and other data sets. She later took up a postdoc position with Daniel Jeffares at The University of York, working on population genetics of Leishmania infantum in Brazil and then with James Chong working on methanogenics.
Jaspreet Singh Grewal (Postdoc, 2013-2018) was involved in the identification of peptidases which are essential for the proliferation of Leishmania parasites, focusing on Clan CD peptidases (exemplified by members such as metacaspase and separase). He went on to a postdoc position at The University of Warwick.
Elmarie Myburgh (Postdoc, 2008-2018). Elmarie's work in the Mottram lab focused on pathogen-host interactions and the role of Leishmania parasites in disease progression. She went on to become a Lecturer in Immunology and Infection at The University of York.
Carolina Catta Preta (Postdoc, 2015-2018). During her postdoc, Carol was involved in the development of new molecular tools for studying Trypanosomatids and investigating the roles of protein kinases in Leishmania differentiation and life cycle progression. She went on to a postdoctoral researcher position with Rafael Counago at SGC-Campinas in Brazil and then with David Sacks at the NIH USA
Amy Goundry (Postdoc, 2016-2017). During her postdoc, Amy investigated Leishmania virulence factors and host peptidases associated with visceral leishmaniasis on a UK-Brazil Neglected Infectious Diseases Partnership grant (Newton Fund, MRC-CONFAP). To achieve this she worked in Dr Ana Paula Lima's lab in the Instituto de Biofisica Carlos Chagas Filho (IBCCF) at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) from May 2016.
Eliza Ferreira (Senior Research Technician, 2016-2017). Eliza was a research technician in the Mottram lab with expertise in cellular and molecular techniques. She moved on to a postdoctoral position at the NIH with Michael Grigg.
Nilma Fernandes ('Science without Borders' visiting student, 2016). She finished her PhD in 2016 and went on to a technical support role at The University of the State of Paraná in Brazil.
Cintia Iana Monteiro da Silva (Postdoc, 2015). Cintia became a Veterinary Officer in the Biological Services Facility at the University of Glasgow and now works for Charles River.
Luciana Loureiro Penha (Postdoc, 2014-2015).
Juliana Brambilla Carnielli Trindade (Graduate student, 2014-2015). Now a postdoc in the Mottram lab.
Fernando Fernández-Cortés (Graduate student, 2013-2016). Fernando went on to work for Mike Barrett in the WTCMP at the University of Glasgow.
Benjamin Revill (Graduate student, 2012-2016).
Samuel Duncan (Graduate student, 2011-2015). Thesis title “Development of an inducible system for Leishmania gene deletion; application to the cell cycle protein kinase CRK3”. Sam is a postdoc with Mike Ferguson in Dundee.
Boris Rodenko (Research Fellow, 2012-2015). Boris co-founded the biotechnology company UbiQ and, as of 2019, is working as Associate Director Biology and Translational at Acerta Pharma in the Nertherlands.
Tiago Donatelli Serafim (Postdoc, 2013-2015). Tiago became a postdoctoral researcher with Jesus Valenzuela at NIAID, NIH, USA.
Cathy Moss (Research Fellow, 2006-2014). Cathy went on to an administrator position in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford.
Karen McLuskey (Research Fellow, 2010-2014). Karen became a software developer at Glasgow Polyomics, University of Glasgow.
Kathleen Scullion (Technician, 2012-2014). Kathleen went on to do an MSc by research in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.
Antonio Luis de Oliveira Almeida Petersen (Graduate student 2012-2013). Antonio became a postdoctoral researcher at the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil.
Nathaniel Jones (Graduate student 2008-2012 and postdoc 2013). Thesis title: “Validating protein kinases of Trypanosoma brucei as drug targets”. Nathaniel is currently working in the Mottram lab, having returned for his second postdoc.
Ben Cull (Graduate student 2008-2012 and postdoc 2013). Thesis title: “Autophagy and organelle turnover in Leishmania major”. Ben went on to a position as an Emerging Infections Scientist at Public Health England.
Esther Castanys-Muñoz (Postdoc, 2008-2011). Esther became a research scientist at Abbott Laboratories in Grenada, Spain.
Yuk-Chien Liu (Graduate student, 2006-2010). Thesis title: "The structure, biosynthesis and functions of surface glycoconjugates in Trichomonas vaginalis". Yuk went on to do a masters in Bioinformatics.
Lesley Morrison (Postdoc 2006-2010). Lesley went on to a postdoctoral researcher position in the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Glasgow.
Daniela Tonn (Graduate student 2006-2010). Thesis title: "Intracellular trafficking of Leishmania major peptidases". Daniela went on to become a patent lawyer.
Kerry Woods (Graduate student, 2005-2009). Thesis title: "Regulators of autophagy in Leishmania major". Kerry became a Group Leader in the Institute of Animal Pathology, University of Berne.
Jana Rudolf (Postdoc 2009-2010). Jana became a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bradford.
Herbert Guedes (Visiting graduate student 2008-2009). Herbert became an Adjunct Professor at the Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Tatiana Costa (Visiting graduate student, 2007-2009). Tatiana is a research fellow at the Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rod Walker (Graduate student 2005-2008). Thesis title "Leishmania CRK3:CYC6 cyclin-dependent kinase as a drug target". Rod carried out 2 post docs at Oxford University. He became a medical writer in 2014.
Jane Munday (Graduate student 2004-2008). Thesis title "Studies on oligopeptidase B of Leishmania major". Jane went on to a postdoctoral researcher position at the University of Glasgow.
Séverine Monnerat (Postdoc, 2004-2008). Séverine became the VL clinical co-ordinator for DNDi in Geneva.
Tomas Hermoso (Visiting graduate student, 2006-2007).
Giancarla Patuzzi (Visiting graduate student, 2007).
Felipe Gomes (Graduate student, 2003-2007). Thesis title "Analysis of cyclin-dependent kinases in Leishmania".
Walide Saad (MSc Student, 2005-2007). Thesis title "Investigation of genes that may contribute to disease tropism in Leishmania species".
Roderick Williams (Postdoc, 2003-2007) became a lecturer at the University of West of Scotland.
Nicholas Bland (Postdoc, 2005-2007).
Caroline Clucas (Postdoc, 2004-2007) became a postdoctoral researcher in Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, University of Glasgow.
Sébastien Besteiro (Postdoc, 2002-2006) went on to a INSERM chargé de recherche position in UMR5235 at the University of Montpellier.
Audrey Ambit (Technician, then graduate student, 2002-2006). Thesis title "Characterisation of Leishmania major metacaspase".
Sylvain Eschenlauer (Postdoc, 2002-2005) went on to a Radiopharmacy Research Technician position in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow.
Camila Santos (visiting graduate student, 2004-2005) returned to the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to complete her PhD studies.
Tansy Hammarton (Postdoc and grant holder, 1998-2005) became a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Glasgow.
Christina Naula (Postdoc, 1999-2005) became an Omics teacher and research co-ordinator in Glasgow Polyomics, University of Glasgow.
Matthew Helms (Graduate student, 2001-2004). Thesis title "Characterisation of metacaspases of Trypanosoma brucei". Matt became a teacher of Biology at a school in Glasgow.
Pauline Ward (Research Assistant, 2003-2004) went on to a data library Assistant position at the University of Edinburgh.
Karen Grant (Postdoc and research fellow, 1994-2004) became Deputy Director of Medical Studies at Lancaster University.
Xuerui (Colin) Li (Visiting research fellow, 2003-2004) returned to the LanZhou Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Mary Macleod (Graduate student, 2000- 2004).
Hubert Denise (Postdoc, 1997- 2003) later worked at EMBL-EBI Hinxton as a bioinformatician.
Miriam Ellis (Graduate student, 1999-2003).
Simon Lillico (Postdoc, 1999- 2002) became a lecturer at the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh.
Mohammed Sajid (Fellow, 2001-2002) went on to a protein biochemist role at Covance, Biopharmaceutical CMC Solutions, Harrogate, UK.
Nahla Ali (Graduate student, 1999-2001). Thesis title "An investigation of CRK protein kinases of Leishmania and the assessment of their potential as drug targets". Nahla returned to Sudan to take up a lectureship at the University of Khartoum.
David Fergusson (Postdoc, 1997-2000) left to pursue a career in IT.
Deepak Sharma (Postdoc, 1999-2000) joined the laboratory of Richard Pagano at the Mayo Clinic, USA. In 2004 he moved to Photometrics Corp, USA as an applications specialist.
Paul Hassan (Graduate student; 1995-1999). Thesis title "Analysis of the CRK3 kinase of Leishmania mexicana". He went on to join Scientific Solutions at Envision Pharma Group.
Jack (Ragnar) Ford (Graduate student; 1994-1999). Thesis title "Cyclin-dependent kinases and cell cycle control in Trypanosoma brucei".
Jaap Van Hellemond (Postdoctoral Research Fellow; 1998-1999) became an Associate Professor in Parasitology at the Erasmus MC University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Darren Brooks (Postdoc, 1995-1999) went on to become a lecturer in Molecular Bioscience at the University of Salford.
Last updated June 2020.