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. 

TWITTER : @sbi5ar

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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.
 
TWITTER: @JamesJW90
 

 

 

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Jennie French

Jennie French

ECS Communications Officer

Jennie joined the ECS committee a year ago as the undergraduate representative while studying for her Microbiology degree at the University of Nottingham. She is currently studying for an MSc in Science Communication at the University of West England, Bristol and has recently become the Publications Officer for the ECS committee. While her interests are still firmly within microbiology, Jennie has begun to explore the theory and practice behind engaging audiences in public spaces such as science festivals and museums. Learning how to produce successful scientific radio and TV programmes similar to ‘Planet Earth’ is also a key part of her masters.
 
During our recent events, Jennie has enjoyed meeting new people and learning about their research, Tweeting about the talks and posters and being able to report on the events in the ECS section of the society’s magazine ‘Microbiologist’
 
TWITTER : @jenniefrench95
 

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Jake Bell

Jake Bell

ECS Committee Member

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.

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Binod Rayamajhee

Binod Rayamajhee

ECS International Representative

Binod Rayamajhee received his MSc in Medical Microbiology from Tribhuvan University in 2016. He taught biology courses for A level of Kathmandu University High School in Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal and has worked as research intern in Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases Hospital, Teku, Kathmandu. He has involved in organization of several national, and international conferences and workshops and has contributed more than a dozen of health-related articles in national daily newspapers of Nepal. His research interest includes, antimicrobial resistance, viral pathogenesis such as HIV/AIDS, host defence mechanism, drug discovery, and molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases.

Currently, he works as a research faculty of infectious diseases at the Kathmandu Research Institute for Biological Sciences, a non-governmental non-for-profit organization dedicated to promote advanced health researches in Nepal. He is also involved as teaching faculty at National College, where he teaches research methodology and disease diagnosis courses to the MSc and BSc students of Tribhuvan University. Binod is planning for his doctoral degree in antimicrobial resistance in near future.

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Allison Cartwright

Allison Cartwright

ECS Publications 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 regular contributor to microbeblog.org the Society for Applied Microbiology blog.

 

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Lucky Cullen

Lucky Cullen

ECS Policy Officer & Policy Subcommittee 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. 
 
TWITTER : @LuckyCullen
 

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Robert Millar

Robert Millar

ECS Committee Member

Robert is currently a PhD student at the University of Warwick in his hometown of Coventry, trying to find new bacterial hosts for metabolic engineering on the degradation of lignin. Before this, he completed his undergraduate masters in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (University of Oxford) whilst being fortunate enough to be enrolled on the Erasmus program to complete his final year research in Marburg, Germany, trying to elucidate the formation of [4Fe-4S] clusters in the mitochondrion.
 
Having worked with SfAM for 3 months as part of an internship in the first year of his PhD, Robert was determined to get back involved with the organisation, and so applied to be a member of the ECS committee. He is particularly interested in science communication and media, and hopes to be able to expand these skills in the near future.
 
TWITTER : @ScienceMillar
 

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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.

TWITTER : @tasmin_redgwell

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Phillip Butterick

Phillip Butterick

ECS Committee Member

Phil completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences (Cardiff Metropolitan University) in 2013. Phil then moved on to work for the NHS pathology department specializing in microbiology. During his time there Phil has developed an interest in the isolation, identification and treatment of pathogenic bacteria and has seen the prevalence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
 
Phil has since left the NHS employ due to his interest in the development of new antibacterial agents. Phil is currently completing his PhD in Medical Microbiology with Dr. Rowena Jenkins and in conjunction with industry partner Neem Biotech Ltd. The project aims to determine the effects of a novel new bacterial agent against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
 
Phil joined the ECS committee in January 2018 and hopes to raise the awareness of SfAM across all sectors that employ microbiologists and how they can assist people who are new to the field.
 
TWITTER: @Micro_phil
 

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Abi Colclough

Abi Colclough

ECS Committee Member

Abi joined the ECS Committee in 2018 as an ordinary member, after being nominated by Jessica Blair at the Institute for Microbiology and Infection (IMI), University of Birmingham.

Abi first developed an interest in microbiology whilst studying for her undergraduate degree in Medical Science at Exeter University. Her degree programme included a professional training year, which she completed in the Environment and Sustainability Institute in Cornwall.   As a PhD student in Dr Blair’s lab at IMI, Abi's work aims to improve our understanding of the regulation of efflux systems in Salmonella in order to identify new targets for efflux inhibitors.

TWITTER: @abicolclough22

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