Research Fellows:

Boris Rodenko ( 2012-present.  Boris obtained a doctorate from the University of Amsterdam for studies on combinatorial chemistry of anti-protozoal agents.  After postdoctoral study at the University of Glasgow, Boris became a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, where he supervised high-throughput compounds screening.  He is currently funded as a Wellcome Trust ISSF fellow to work on DUBs in trypanosomes.

Cathy Moss ( 2006-present. Cathy gained her PhD from Macquarie University, Sydney in 2000 for studies on vitronectin. She worked for Colin Watts at the University of Dundee from 2000-2006 investigating the proteases involved in antigen presentation. She worked on an SRDG-funded project to develop novel drug targets for trypanosomes and Leishmania from 2006-2008.  In 2008 she was awarded a Beit Fellowship to study serine peptidases of Trypanosoma brucei

Karen McLuskey (  2010-present.  Karen is an experienced postdoctoral researcher with extensive knowledge in the fields of protein production and purification, protein crystallography, X-ray structure determination and ligand-binding studies.  She is funded by the Wellcome Trust to solve the structure of metacaspases of Trypanosoma brucei.

Postdoctoral Research Associates:   

Tiago Donatelli Serafim ( 2013-present. Tiago gained his PhD in immunobiology of protozoa in 2012 at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil under the supervision of Dr. Luís C. C. Afonso.  He worked for 5 years on a project on the control metacyclogenesis of Leishmania. He is now working on protein kinases involved in control of DNA replication and repair in African trypanosomes in collaboration with Dr. Richard McCulloch, funded by the Brazilian Science Without Borders programme.

Elmarie Myburgh ( 2007-present.  Elmarie gained her PhD in immunology of infectious diseases in 2006 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa under the supervision of Frank Brombacher.  She worked for 3 years on a Wellcome Trust-funded project on the immunobiological activity of Leishmania cysteine peptidases, but is now working on the development of improved models for the assessment of drugs to treat Human African trypanosomiasis.

Eric Kalkman (  2009-present.  Eric gained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh working on fungi.  He is now a SULSA-funded technologist running the WTCMP IN Cell Analyzer 2000, developing high content RNAi and chemical library screens.

                               Graduate Students:

Fernando Fernández-Cortés ( 2013-present.  Fernando graduated with a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Seville, and a Master of Science from the University of Alcala de Henares, Madrid.  He is funded by the EU ITN ParaMet project to carry out an analysis of the role of protein kinases in trypanosome metabolic regulation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Benjamin Revill ( 2012-present.  Ben graduated with a BSc Hons in Microbiology from the University of Manchester (2009) and a joint Masters at the Universities of Salford, Manchester and Keele (2012). He is working on protein kinases and cell signalling in Trypanosoma brucei, funded by SULSA and in collaboration with Professor Malcolm Walkinshaw at the University of Edinburgh.

Amy Goundry ( 2010-present. Amy graduated in 2010 with a degree in Molecular Biology from the University of York. She is funded by the MRC to study virulence factors and disease tropism in Leishmania

Samuel Duncan ( 2011-present. Sam graduated in 2011 with a degree in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh. He is working on Leishmania and the early immune response, co-supervised by Professors Paul Garside and Jim Brewer and funded by the MRC.



Kathleen Scullion ( 2012-present is working on developing screening protocols for parasitic protozoa.

Jim Scott ( 2007-present.  Jim acts as the laboratory manager.

Elaine Brown ( 2006-present. Elaine is working on Leishmania peptidases.

Alana Hamilton (nee Black) ( uk) supports biological services

Ryan Ritchie ( 2010-present runs the IVIS imaging facility


Ex-Lab Members (left 1999 or later)

Antonio Luis de Oliveira Almeida Petersen (Graduate student 2012-2013).  Antonio completed his Science without Borders Sandwich year in Glasgow and returned to the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil to complete his PhD on HSP90 inhibitors and Leishmania.

Nathaniel Jones (Graduate student 2008-2012 and postdoc 2013).  Thesis title: “Validating protein kinases of Trypanosoma brucei as drug targets”.  Nathaniel moved to Washington University, St Louis, USA as a postdoc in David Sibley’s laboratory.

Ben Cull (Graduate student 2008-2012 and postdoc 2013).  Thesis title: “Autophagy and organelle turnover in Leishmania major”.  Ben got a job with Public Health England working on prevention of infectious diseases.

William Proto (Graduate student, 2006-2010 and postdoc 2010-2012). Will obtained his PhD in 2010 with a thesis entitled "Characterisation of autophagy and a metacaspase in Trypanosoma brucei." He continued to work on autophagy of trypanosomes as an MRC-funded postdoctoral researcher before taking up a second postdoctoral position at the Sanger Institute in 2013.

Esther Castanys-Muñoz (Postdoc, 2008-2011).  Esther returned to Spain to pursue postdoctoral studies.

Yuk-Chien Liu (Graduate student, 2006-2010).  Thesis title: "The structure, biosynthesis and functions of surface glycoconjugates in Trichomonas vaginalis".  Yuk-Chien moved to  Stanford University in 2011 to take up a position in Upi Singh's laboratory.

Jim Hilley (Postdoc 2005-2010).  Jim left science to set up his own internet business. and

Lesley Morrison (Postdoc 2006-2010).  Lesley moved to the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences to work with Professors Jim Alexander and Duncan Graham on in vivo reporting using nanosystems chemistry.

Daniela Tonn (Graduate student 2006-2010).  Thesis title:  "Intracellular trafficking of Leishmania major peptidases".  Daniela worked as a postdoctoral research assistant in Michael Boshart's laboratory in Munich, Germany before leaving to become a patent lawyer.

Kerry Woods (Graduate student, 2005-2009). Thesis title:  "Regulators of autophagy in Leishmania major".  Kerry has taken up a postdoctoral position with Dirk Dobbelaere in Berne, Switzerland working on Theileria.

Jana Rudolf  (Postdoc 2009-2010).  Jana moved on to Neil Bulleid's laboratory in the Institute of Molecular Cellular and Systems Biology at the University of Glasgow

Herbert Guedes (Visiting graduate student 2008-2009).  Herbert returned to the Laboratory of Immunopharmacology at the Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to complete his PhD studies on Leishmania serine peptidases, under the supervision of Dr Bartira Rossi-Bergmann. He currently has a lectureship at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Tatiana Costa (Visiting graduate student, 2007-2009). Tatiana returned to the Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to continue her PhD studies on cysteine peptidases of trypanosomes, under the supervision of Dr Ana Paula Lima.

Rod Walker (Graduate student 2005-2008).  Thesis title "Leishmania CRK3:CYC6 cyclin-dependent kinase as a drug target".  Rod took up a postdoctoral position in the chemistry department at the University of Oxford.

Jane Munday (Graduate student 2004-2008).  Thesis title "Studies on oligopeptidase B of Leishmania major".   Jane took up a postdoctoral position with Harry de Koning at the University of Glasgow

Séverine Monnerat (Postdoc, 2004-2008). Séverine left to gain experience of field work in Thailand and Africa. She then took up a postdoctoral position at the Seattle Biomedical Research Centre, working with Professor Ken Stuart.

Tomas Hermoso (Visiting graduate student, 2006-2007). Tomas returned to the Universidad Central de Venezuela in December 2007 to continue his work on cyclin-dependent kinases and their inhibitors in Leishmania.

Giancarla Patuzzi (Visiting graduate student, 2007), returned to the Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho Federal University of Rio de Janeiro 

Felipe Gomes (Graduate student, 2003-2007).  Thesis title "Analysis of cyclin-dependent kinases in Leishmania".  Felipe moved to Holland as a postdoc upon completion of his PhD.

Walide Saad (MSc Student, 2005-2007). Thesis title "Investigation of genes that may contribute to disease tropism in Leishmania species".  Walide returned to the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Omar AL-Mukhtar, EL Beida, Libya.

Roderick Williams (Postdoc, 2003-2007) moved to Strathclyde University to continue work with Graham Coombs. In 2012 he took up a lectureship in Environmental Microbiology at the University of the West of Scotland.

Nicholas Bland (Postdoc, 2005-2007) joined INSERM U609 in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, Glasgow as a postdoc.  He carried out a postdoc at the University of York before moving to Woods Hole, MA.

Caroline Clucas (Postdoc, 2004-2007) left to take up a postdoctoral position in the Tait, Turner, MacLeod laboratory in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, Glasgow.  She is currently working for Annette MacLeod. 

Sébastien Besteiro (Postdoc, 2002-2006) has an INSERM charge de recherche position in the Braun-Breton department in Montpellier.

Audrey Ambit  (Technician, then graduate student, 2002-2006).  Thesis title " Characterisation of Leishmania major metacaspase".  Audrey has a posdoc position in the Cavailles laboratory in Montpellier.

Sylvain Eschenlauer (Postdoc, 2002-2005) joined INSERM U609 in the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology, Glasgow as a postdoc. He is currently a radiopharmacy research technician in the School of Medicine, 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) was awarded an RCUK fellowship and an MRC Career Development Fellowship and has set up her own laboratory at Glasgow in the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation.

Christina Naula (Postdoc, 1999-2005) took up a second postdoctoral position with Dr Richard Burchmore in the Division of Infection & Immunity, IBLS, University of Glasgow.  She now teaches in the Medical Faculty at the University of Glasgow

Matthew Helms (Graduate student, 2001-2004).  Thesis title "Characterisation of metacaspases of Trypanosoma brucei".  Matt became a Biology teacher at a school in Glasgow.

Pauline Ward (Research Assistant, 2003-2004) moved to the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh.  

Karen Grant (Postdoc and research fellow, 1994-2004) took up a lectureship in the Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology at the University of Keele. In 2006 she moved to the University of Lancaster as a Senior Lecturer. She is currently deputy director of medical studies.

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) left to pursue other interests.

Hubert Denise (Postdoc, 1997- 2003) took up a lectureship at the Laboratoire de Parasitologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Université Blaise-Pascal Clermont-Ferrand II, France. In 2006 he moved to Pfizer, Sandwich, Kent, UK. In 2012 he took up a position as a bioinformatician at the European Bioinformatics Institute.

Miriam Ellis (Graduate student, 1999-2003) took up a postdoctoral research position in Malcolm McConville's laboratory in Melbourne, Australia.

Simon Lillico (Postdoc, 1999- 2002) took up a second postdoctoral position in the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh to work on transgenic chickens.

Mohammed Sajid (Fellow, 2001-2002) took a research position in the Sandler Centre for Basic Research in Parasitic Diseases, UCSF, San Francisco with Professor J. McKerrow.  In 2008 he moved to Leiden.

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 the Sudan to take up a lectureship at the University of Khartoum.

David Fergusson (Postdoc, 1997-2000) left to pursue a new 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".  Paul won a Marie-Curie Fellowship from the EC to work in Michael Boshart's laboratory at the Free University of Berlin. He returned in 2001 to work in the MRC Virology Institute, University of Glasgow. In 2005 he joined Envision Scientific Solutions (;

Jack (Ragnar) Ford (Graduate student; 1994-1999).  Thesis title "Cyclin-dependent kinases and cell cycle control  in Trypanosoma brucei".  Ragnar moved to a postdoctoral position at York University, where he works in the laboratory of Jo Milner.

Jaap Van Hellemond (Postdoctoral Research Fellow; 1998-1999) moved to the Hubrecht laboratory at the Netherlands Institute for Developmental Biology in Utrecht for a second postdoctoral position. In October 2000 Jaap took up a faculty post in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Netherlands.  In 2007 he moved to the Erasmus MC University Medical Centre, Rotterdam.

Darren Brooks (Postdoc, 1995-1999) moved to a second postdoctoral position in Leeds to work with Professor Isaacs on metalloproteinases of C. elegans. In 2003 Darren took up a lectureship in the Biosciences Institute at the University of Salford (