I completed a BSc Microbiology and MRes Bioscience degree at Cardiff University before joining the Hinton lab as a PhD student in 2013. My MRes project was completed under the direction of Dr Tom Connor, and was predominantly computational, focusing on describing the population genetics of Salmonella Paratyphi B and Salmonella Java in collaboration with the Sanger Institute.
My PhD project focusses on characterising novel lysogenic bacteriophages found in African lineages of Salmonella Typhimurium, with the ultimate aim of understanding the genetic basis for the strong association between these lineages and invasive non-typhoidal Salmonellosis in sub-Saharan Africa.
After graduating from Biochemistry at the University of Chile, I completed an MSc (Res) in Biochemistry (University of Chile) looking at the genes involved in toxin production in Dinoflagellates. My PhD (funded by a Chancellor's International scholarship, University of Warwick) focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of phage resistance in marine Synechococcus, under the supervision of Prof. David Scanlan. I recently joined the Hinton lab to study the virulence properties of S. Enteritidis of 2 novel clades identified in sub-Saharan African regions, related to bloodstream invasive infection.
Dr. Rocio Canals received her Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2007, studying molecular mechanisms of bacterial virulence in Aeromonas. She was post-doctoral fellow at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy), characterizing the structure of bacterial cell surface carbohydrates from different bacteria, including Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. She spent five years as a member of Dr. Michael McClelland’s lab in San Diego (USA), where she worked on Salmonella functional genomics and the development of high-throughput sequencing protocols. During the last year, she was also involved in a prostate cancer research project at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Canals joined Jay Hinton’s group in 2013 where she is studying the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of an emergent Salmonella strain in sub-Saharan Africa using a comparative RNA-seq-based transcriptomic approach. She was awarded with a two year Marie Curie International Incoming fellowship (IIF) that started in 2014.
Lizeth did her PhD in Bacterial Molecular Pathogenesis at the University of Bristol, investigating Nutritional determinants of bacterial intracellular replication and currently works on infection models for Salmonella.
Nico Wenner is a molecular biologist and a bacterial geneticist. He joined the Hinton Lab in June 2015 and is currently working on the impact of regulatory small RNAs on the metabolism of Salmonella and on its prophages.
Having recently graduated top of my class with a first class honours degree in Tropical Disease Biology, I am excited to be starting my PhD with the Hinton Lab in October 2016!
As part of my undergraduate honours project, I had the opportunity to work collaboratively with Professor Jay Hinton at the Hinton lab and Dr Robert Harrison at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine venom research unit. The predominant focus of my project was reptile-associated Salmonella in venomous snakes.
I am currently undertaking a summer internship at the lab, which I am thoroughly enjoying. My summer research project is focused on assessing the evolutionary diversity and phylogenetics of reptile-associated Salmonella using a genome sequence-based analysis I have a deep interest in Salmonella infection, gene regulation, bioinformatics and international health research. My PhD will be focused on the evolution of invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella in the African epidemic.
I did my honours project of BSc Microbiology at the Hinton lab in 2016, focusing on the regulation of promoter activity of two Salmonella Typhimurium small regulatory RNAs STnc1080 and STnc1390. I'm interested in Salmonella and its gene regulations. In 2017, I am now doing a MRes, still at the Hinton lab. My MRes project focusses on regulation of succinate utilization in Salmonella Typhimurium.
I completed a BSc in Biology and MRes in Biomedical Research (Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection) at Imperial College London, and joined the Hinton lab as a PhD student in October 2016. During my MRes studies I completed two projects, identifying antibiotic resistance gene regulators in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and investigating the secretion of toxins of Salmonella toxin-antitoxin modules, under the guidance of Professor Sivaramesh Wigneshweraraj and Dr Sophie Helaine respectively. I have also worked in the Singapore education service for several years. My PhD project focuses on identifying virulence factors of invasive African Salmonella strains using a RNA-seq-based intracellular transcriptomic approach.