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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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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James Williamson

James Williamson

ECS Secretary

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 Publications Officer

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

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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Allison Cartwright

Allison Cartwright

ECS Events Officer

Allison 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.

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

 

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Christiana Adesanwo

Christiana Adesanwo

ECS Events 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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Sabrina Roberts

Sabrina Roberts

ECS Policy Officer & Policy Subcommittee Member

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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Tamsin Redgwell

Tamsin Redgwell

ECS Events Officer

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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Jake Bell

Jake Bell

ECS Undergraduate Representative

Jake is currently an undergraduate student at Kingston University, studying for a BSc in Human Nutrition. Between the second and third year of his degree, he worked as an intern in the microbiology project labs at Kingston, looking at the carriage of antibiotic resistant organisms in beef products. Additionally, as part of his sandwich degree, he spent a year at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, working on the fungal diversity of Orchids and the effects of these fungi on protein and metabolite expression in leaves and roots of selected plant species. Jake has a strong interest in food microbiology, antibiotic resistance and bioinformatics, hoping to progress to PhD study in the microbial sciences when he graduates.

Jake is new to the ECS committee and hopes to raise the societies profile with students and increase their attendance at events.

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Lucky Cullen

Lucky Cullen

ECS Committee Member

Lucky completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Biochemistry at Kingston University in 2014, where her passion for microbiology originated through summer research internships and a research scholarship funded by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC). A recurring factor in all of her research was antimicrobial resistance including next generation sequencing techniques to identify antimicrobial resistance within the nasopharyngeal niche, pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation and the bacterial profiling of mastitic cows. Lucky progressed onto a PhD at Kingston University, where she is characterising the emergence of antimicrobial resistance through mutation mapping of the resistome.
 
During her PhD Lucky has attended many ECS and SfAM conferences, as well as events such as Parliamentary Links Day. Lucky presented her research at the ECS Research Symposium in 2016, and was given the opportunity to present at the SfAM Antimicrobial Resistance Meeting. Lucky was recently awarded the SfAM presidency fund to present at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) conference in New Orleans. 
 

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Ali Ryan

Ali Ryan

ECS Committee Observer

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. Ali was recently awarded SfAM's prestigious New Lecturer Research Grant.

 

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