Students

Nojoud Faqerah

PhD Student

I am a current PhD student at the University of Glasgow. I have a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery from King Abdulaziz University, KSA, and a Master degree in Infection Biology 2015- University of Glasgow, UK. My project focuses on the role of Adherent-invasive E. coli (AIEC) strains in paediatric Crohn’s disease (CD), and the impact of Exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN) and diet on E. coli population and AIEC behaviour in active paediatric CD and in healthy people. The study design of this project is based on isolating E. coli strains from culturing stool samples of CD patients before and after EEN treatment to study the phenotype and genotype changes in E. coli population by performing metagemonics analysis.

Kym Bain

PhD Student

Photo of Kym BainI am a PhD student in Simon Milling’s lab at the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow. I hold a joint BSc (Hons) in Immunology and Pharmacology and an MSc in Stratified Medicine. My project focuses on identifying the immunological mechanisms causing alopecia areata, a T cell mediated autoimmune disease leading to hair loss. I also work closely with Dr Gerasimidis investigating whether people with alopecia areata have intestinal dysbiosis that may be contributing to their immune dysregulation.

Caroline Kerbiriou

PhD Student

Photo of Caroline KerbiriouI graduated a BSc in Cell Biology and Animal Physiology from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France in 2015, before completing an MSc in Digestive Health and Nutrition in 2017. During the MSc, I studied the gut microbiome and immune system in intestinal and metabolic diseases including Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) and Diabetes. In 2017, I started my PhD at the University of Glasgow. My project focuses on studying the pathophysiology of non-IgE-mediated Cow's Milk Protein Allergy by profiling the gut microbiome and immune system in infants to use as a non-invasive diagnostic method.

Hannah Baer

PhD Student

Photo of Hannah BaerOriginally from Hamburg (Germany) I moved to Scotland to start an Undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Dundee. This BSc sparked my interest in Immunology, so I proceeded to do a MSc in Immunology and Inflammatory Disease with the University of Glasgow. After finishing my master’s course, I decided to stay at the University of Glasgow and joined the Milling Group for a PhD to investigate different disease mechanisms in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Konstantinos Gkikas

PhD Student

Photo of Konstantinos GkikasKonstantinos Gkikas is a Dietician and Nutritionist originally from Greece and is currently a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. After completing his undergraduate studies in Nutrition and Dietetics in Harokopio University in Greece, he completed his postgraduate studies in MSc Human Nutrition with Specialisation in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Glasgow. His research interests are focused on exploring the association between dietary triggers, inflammation and the gut microbiome in children with Crohn’s disease, in the early food reintroduction phase, after treatment with Exclusive Enteral Nutrition. Konstantinos aspires to become an academic one day and his goal is to improve the overall health and quality of life of Crohn’s disease patients through diet.

Rebecca Totterdell

PhD Student

Photo of Rebecca TotterdellI completed my undergraduate degree in Physiology at the university of Aberdeen in 2017, where I became interested in the role of nutrition in the prevention of chronic disease. Following this, I came to the University of Glasgow to study a postgraduate degree in MSc Human Nutrition, specialising in Public Health Nutrition. I decided to focus my career in developing interventions and using research to influence policy makers to improve health at population level. In 2018, I started my PhD with Dr Konstantinos Gerasimidis, Dr George Raptis and Dr Evi Germeni. The project involves developing a protocol for Scottish schools to help staff safely manage pupils with severe allergies. The comprehensive protocol will cover prevention, recognition and treatment of emergencies.

Anna Andrusaite

profile photo of anna andrusaiteI am a PhD student in the Milling Lab. I have obtained BSc in Genetics from University of Glasgow that was followed by MRes in Biomedical Sciences during which I started working within the Milling Lab. During my Master’s degree I developed an interest in basic science regulating immunity of the gastric tract. My current project focuses on molecular mechanisms of how food/microbiota derived molecules shape the immune cell development and function in the gut

Natasha Turner

PhD Student

Photo of Natasha TurnerI completed my undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Glasgow in 2017 and I am currently a PhD student at the University of Glasgow working with Professor Roe and Dr Gerasimidis. I am studying the role of D-amino acids in bacterial pathogenesis and will be looking at the dietary consequences these amino acids play on the microbiome.