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Meet our Champions

Edward Wright (University of Westminster, London, UK)

Ed is a Senior Lecturer based in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at  the University of Westminster, where he undertakes studies on viral zoonoses, including rabies and Ebola viruses. He actively promotes the Society and has made several media appearances in connection with his work.

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Nicola Crewe (University of Lincoln, UK)

Nicola CreweNicola is a Senior Lecturer at Lincoln University and has been a Champion since day one. She is a strong advocate of promoting microbiology widely among undergraduates from all relevant disciplines.

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Marilia Costa (University of Dundee, UK)

Marilia CostaMarilia is a PhD student based in Dundee. She became a Champion in her second year because she could see new students coming into the university who knew nothing about the Society, and wanted to do something about it.

"We need more interaction with the Society to help spread the word."

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Adegboyega Oladip (Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria)

Ade OladipoAde is a Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology. He is a PhD candidate and a Fellow of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.

"Becoming a Champion will enable me to align myself with the Society's global vision of active profile-raising and developing membership. It will also enhance my skills to initiate and deliver a range of local activities to colleagues, research beneficiaries and other stakeholders. This will in turn lead to a more fulfillinf and rewarding membership experience."

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Laura Bennett (University of Nottingham, UK)

Laura is completing a PhD at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham.

"I promose the Society to other PhD researchers in the field of veterinary and animal science. I want to share my experience of being a member of the Society with others, and communicate my knowledge and how being a member has helped me gain new skills."

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Arikana Massiah (Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK)

Arikana MassiahArikana is a Clinical Scientist in Microbiology at Barts Health NHS Trust, based at the Royal London Hospital. The hospital is associated with Barts and the London Medical School (Queen Mary University of London). Arikana became a Champion to help "current trainees in the Microbiology and Virology departments, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students at Barts and the London Medical School looking for a platform to showcase their work and receive academic support".

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Hajah Mohd Afsar (University of Surrey, UK)

Hajah is a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the university. Hajah actively promotes the Society to students across her department, and to new students at freshers' events too.

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Connor Bamford (University of Glasgow, UK)

Connor is a postdoctoral scientist working at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research in Scotland. As well as public understanding of science, Connor is keen to promote increasing engagement with members of research fields aligned with the areas of microbiology, who would not normally see themselves as Society affiliates, such as those working in chemistry (e.g. antibiotic development), engineering (e.g. synthetic biology), physics (e.g. antimicrobial surfaces) and immunology (e.g. vaccine generation).

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Alistair Walsham (Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK)

Alistair WalshamAlistair is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia.

"The Norwich Research Park, where I'm based, hosts a number of events dedicated to knowledge-sharing to the lay public, schools and scientific audiences. I look forward to using these to promote  the Society."

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Maria Afonso (University of Liverpool, UK)

Maria AfonsoMaria is based at the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool. She is busy preparing a series of talks to staff and students, as well as organising a panel discussion on microbiology careers.

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Amanda Rossiter (University of Birmingham, UK)

Amanda is a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow at the IMI, based at the University of Birmingham, where she is investigating H. pylori. Amanda is helping organise a series of talks within the university.

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Tadhg O'Croinin (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Tadhg O'CroininTadhg is a Lecturer in Microbiology and Associate Dean for Study Abroad at University College Dublin.

"I think this role would give me the opportunity to promote the discipline of microbiology and membership of the Society to a greater number of people in Ireland, including those in academic institutes, the biotechnology sector and governmental agencies."

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Ruth Nottingham (University of Nottingham, UK)

Ruth NottinghamRuth is a fourth-year PhD student.

"Being part of the DTP PhD scheme at Nottingham has created lots of opportunities to be in contact with other microbiology PhD students. The DTP management promotes contact between over a hundred PhD students in different year groups within the whole of biological sciences. This new system provides peer support throughout the PhD process and gives me the opportunity to engage with PhD students with a microbiology backgroubnd, and promote the Society."

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Lisa Crossman (University of East Anglia, UK)

Lisa CrossmanLisa is currently on the MinION access program (MAP), trialling the new Oxford Nanopore sequencer. Having undertaken an undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Bristol, and a masters in Molecular Genetics at the University of Leicester, Lisa has a lot of microbiology experience. She has been working in genomics, computational biology and bioinformatics since 2002, and currently works as a consultant based in the Norwich Research Park.

"I love Bacteria, but also have a soft spot for Archaea, Viruses and Fungi!"

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Benjamin Johns (Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK)

Ben JohnsBen is a first-year PhD student at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales, having completed both a BSc and MSc in Biomedical Science (specialising in Medical Microbiology in his masters). He is passionate about science communication and raising the aspirations of young people to pursue their interests in science. As a Champion, he has set up the Microbiology Wales/Microbioleg Cymru Facebook group as a platform for GCSE through to PhD students to engage and network with one another.

When he is not busy persuading his science colleagues that microbiology is the most interesting of all the scientific disciplines, his hobbies include streaking (plates), palying with dry ice, and trying to look busy in front of his PhD supervisor.

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Manoj Pradhan (Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal)

Manoj PradhanManoj is a Medical Laboratory Technologist for the Department of Microbiology at the Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences. His job requires him to instruct and conduct various laboratory practical classes and sessions of MBBS and Nursing students about clinical microbiology.

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Samanatha Yuille (University of West Scotland, UK)

Samantha is a PhD candidate at the University of West Scotland – Hamilton.

"As a recent postgraduate representative for UWS and a STEM Ambassador for my local area of Lanarkshire, I see potential for promoting and sharing my enthusiasm for microbiology and the Society itself to a variety of shcools and establishments in the nearby area, as well as a wider area covered by the four campuses of the University of West Scotland (Ayr, Paisley, Hamilton and Dumfries)."

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Colman O'Caithal (University of Nottingham, UK)

Colman O'CaithalColman is a recent graduate of  University College Dublin and an incoming MRes student at the University of Nottingham from September 2015.

"Reading about the role and responsibilities of a Society Champion, I found that it appealed to me immensely as a way to get involved in the Society."

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Corinna Glasner (Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK)

Corinna holds a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (cGPS) at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The cGPS aims to provide tools to analyse whole  genome sequencing data of pathogens of public health concern.

"I see a lot of potential here at my institute to promote the Microbiology Society."

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Rebecca Philp (Pirbright Institute, UK)

Rebecca PhilpRebecca is a PhD student in immunogenetics at Pirbright. She sees becoming a Champion as a means of "sharing knowledge and building relationships, particularly with the separation of sites and containment laboratories".

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Linda Oyama (Aberystwyth University, UK)

Linda OyamaLinda has a Microbiology degree, and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow and a member of Women in Science, with a passion for sharing and increasing science participation. She is also involved with the Widening Science Participation Unit (Spectroscopy in a Suitcase) at Aberystwyth University in Wales.

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Ikbal Agah Ince (Acıbadem University, Turkey)

Ikbal Agah InceAgah is an Associate Professor and Principal Investigator at the university, in Istanbul. In addition to his R&D activities, he enjoys organising itnernational training courses, entrepreneurial/partnership meeting organisations and symposia on special topics of interest to medical microbiologists. He focuses on understanding of the complexity of microbe–host interactions, applying systems biology approaches to provide the scientific basis for the development of novel biostrategies and designing of bioprocesses of products of a wide spectrum of interest in bioindustry.

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