ECS Committee

ECS Committee

Aled Roberts

Aled Roberts

ECS Chair

Aled completed his undergraduate degree in Microbiology (Cardiff University) in 2009 which included an industrial placement year with Pfizer’s Bioprocess Development Group at their European research headquarters.  Aled then went onto complete a PhD in Microbiology in Prof. Rose Cooper’s lab (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) in 2013, looking at the inhibition of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by manuka honey. 

During this period he became acquainted with various members of the ECS committee whilst attending both ECS and SfAM events. Aled went on to complete a Post-Doc in Dr. Steve Diggle’s lab in 2015, looking at the evolution of biofilms and their 3D-spatial structure before returning to Cardiff. He's currently looking into the effects of manuka honey on Cystic Fibrosis pathogens in Dr. Rowena Jenkins’ lab. 

Aled joined the ECS committee September 2014 as an events officer and became ECS Chair following the conclusion of the 2016 ECS Research Conference. 

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Zara Gerrard

Zara Gerrard

ECS Secretary

Zara is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham and SRUC, working jointly within Food Science and Veterinary Science. She originally graduated from Bishop Burton College with a BSc(Hons) Equine Science. This is where she first discovered her love for infectious disease and epidemiology, leading her to move on to the University of Liverpool to complete an MSc in Veterinary Science with a concentration on epidemiology and infectious disease modelling, also gaining skills in statistics and outbreak control.

She is currently working on the impact of a new detection method for Johne’s disease in dairy cattle, with an aim to model how this method could be used to influence control procedures and other management practises. She is very interested in science communication, especially within the agricultural and veterinary sector, where new research is often lost.

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Christiana Adesanwo

Christiana Adesanwo

ECS Communications Officer

Christiana is a member of the Events team. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and is currently in the process of completing her IBMS Registration Portfolio in the discipline of Microbiology. Christiana came to know about SfAM as the result of a Students into Work project  in molecular microbiology with Kingston University. Christiana is a self-motivated, enthusiastic and lively individual who is keen to make a positive contribution.

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Ali Ryan

Ali Ryan

ECS Publications Officer

Dr Ryan did his degree at Imperial College during which he spent a sandwich year designing high throughput screening assays for GlaxoSmithKline.  His PhD was with Prof. Stephen Curry at Imperial College using structural biology to understand the transport of drugs around the body. He then moved to take up a postdoctoral position with Prof. Edith Sim in Oxford University studying novel antibacterial targets in M. tuberculosis and Ps. aeruginosa. In 2012 he moved to Kingston University to run their new biotechnology laboratory. As Publications Officer Ali is responsible for commissioning and editing the ECS articles for Microbiologist and organising the news and congratulations sections.

 

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Ellen W. Evans

Ellen W. Evans

ECS Events Manager

Ellen is a PhD student in the ‘Food Safety and Nutrition Research Group’ in the Cardiff School of Health Sciences at the Cardiff Metropolitan University. Ellen is a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Award at the University for the research she's been conducting on consumer food safety. Ellen's research interests focus particularly on Listeria monocytogenes and domestic practices that may be associated with the risk of listeriosis among older adult consumers (aged ≥60 years).

Ellen's background is somewhat varied; a chef by trade, with experience in food media and Welsh food promotion, Ellen wanted to explore the scientific side of food, which led to her completing a BSc in Food and Consumer Science at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC), with a first class honours degree, prior to commencing on a PhD in 2009 and the discovery of her interests within microbiology.

Ellen has particularly enjoyed attending SfAM Summer Conferences and is looking forward to being involved in the organisation of events for students as part of the ECS events team.
 

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Sabrina Roberts

Sabrina Roberts

ECS Policy Officer

Sabrina has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and is now writing up her PhD thesis. Her research focused on the roles of Correia Repeat Enclosed Elements in regulation of gene expression in the Neisseria spp. Sabrina currently works as a Scientific Policy officer for the Food Standards Agency. Her role at the FSA sees her provide advice on Novelfoods, review applications, take part in negotiations at EU working groups and brief government officials.

Sabrina is also a qualified pharmacy dispenser and an avid antimicrobial resistance campaigner. When Sabrina joined the committee she began on the events team, then became secretary before moving on to becoming chair. She is now using her experience in science policy to become the first policy officer for the ECS committee. Sabrina is friendly, outgoing, has a wide breadth of experience and is full of ideas. She's enjoyed being involved with the organisation of ECS events and is constantly trying to build a better experience for all the early career members of the society.

 

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Alison Cartwright

Alison Cartwright

ECS Committee Member

Alison completed her undergraduate degree in Marine Science before carrying out a MRes studying freshwater crayfish at Ulster University, Northern Ireland. She's remained at Ulster University and is currently a third year PhD student. Alison's project combines environmental science and microbiology to study freshwater sponges in Ireland.

Alison is a new member to the ECS and looks forward to contributing in the future.

 

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Dianne Flynn

Dianne Flynn

ECS Committee Member

Dianne Flynn is a Quality Control Microbiologist at TC BioPharm, a company developing cell based treatments for cancer.

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James Williamson

James Williamson

ECS Committee Member

James is currently a Post doc at the University of Warwick, focusing on engineering environmental bacteria for the utilisation of waste plant material, with an aim to produce high value products.
 
As a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, his research centred on trying to integrate high value plant chemical biosynthetic pathways into carotenogenic members of the Enterobacteriaceae.
 
His research interests include industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology.
 
James joins the ECS after attending several of their events and observing how the group makes such a difference to the microbiology community.
 

 

 

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Jennie French

Jennie French

ECS Commitee Member

Jennie is an undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham and currently in her third year studying for a Microbiology BSc. She's particularly interested in immunology and intricate components that help us to stay healthy. After university Jennie would like to pursue a career in science communication, and specifically science writing, with the aim to make all areas of science research and development appeal to the public

Jennie heard about the opportunity of becoming a committee member through Zara Gerrard, who supervised her practical classes in year two of her degree and persuaded her to apply for a role. Through being part of the ECS committee Jennie hopes to meet new people and become more involved in the science community outside of university. She loves discussing science and is keen to learn more about how to involve students in the ECS events whilst wanting to share her passion for microbiology.

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Paulina Fernandez

Paulina Fernandez

Events Officer

Paulina's academic interests have always been focused on antimicrobial resistance. She did her bachelor in Clinical Biochemistry in Ecuador and then worked for two years in the clinical diagnostic of M. tuberculosis and Brucella. She came to the UK to study an MSc in Medical Microbiology at The University of Manchester after being awarded a scholarship from the Ecuadorian Government.  Paulina was awarded another scholarship by the Ecuadorian Government to study a PhD in Microbiology at The University of Manchester. 

She's in her second year of PhD in the Tabernero group lab. Her research focus is on drug development for M. tuberculosis using virulence factors as potential targets. She joined the ECS committee in the hope of sharing her experiences in Ecuador. Paulina's main interests are bacterial virulence factors known as phosphatases to understand their role in pathogenesis.
 

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Tamsin Redgwell

Tamsin Redgwell

ECS Committee Member

Tamsin completed her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at Cardiff University in 2015. This included a placement year at Oregon State University, looking at the infection dynamics of Microcystis aeuriginosa and its cyanophage. Staying within environmental microbiology, she is currently undertaking her PhD at Warwick University trying to understand interactions of cyanophage S-PM2 and its host Synechococcus sp. WH7803. Interested in all things relating to bacterial stress, phage and bioinformatics.

 

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Jana Schniete

Jana Schniete

ECS Observer

Jana joined the ECS Committee in 2014 as an ordinary member, after attending the SfAM Summer Conference in the previous year where she joined the Steering Group. Currently she is doing a PostDoc in Dr Paul Herron’s lab work at the University of Strathclyde working novel tools for genetic manipulations in Streptomycetes. Previously, she did her PhD with Dr Paul Hoskisson at Strathclyde working on metabolic engineering of streptomycetes for improved bioactive metabolite production.

She holds a BSc in Industrial Biology obtained from the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen and a MSc in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Bonn. She is an outgoing and reliable person who likes to communicate about science. Jana was appointed to the role of ECS Secretary in 2015 and from October 2016  will be acting as advisor for the Committee.

 

 

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