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Duha completed her PhD studies on the identification of the mechanism of action of stilbene antibiotics under the supervision of Fabrizio and Dr Nick Waterfield (Warwick Medical School). She then went on to work as a Senior Research Technician in the Alberti lab (maternity cover) for ten months.

Duha is now a Lecturer at the University of Leicester.

Dr Duha Alkhder

PhD student and Senior Research Technician


Jack completed both his BSc in Biotechnology & Microbiology and his MSc in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Bio-business at the University of Aberdeen. He completed his SynBio CDT PhD in the Alberti lab (co-supervised by Dr Christophe Corre), studying the biosynthesis of terpenoid natural products in fungi.

Jack now works as an Engineering Biology & Industrial Biotech Policy Officer at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.

Dr Jack Weaver

PhD student


Mr Jerry Cheuk Him Yu

Jerry completed his MBio (integrated masters) in Biochemistry in the Alberti lab on the engineering of yeast to produce natural rubber, co-supervised by Prof. Lorenzo Frigerio. Previously, Jerry was part of the University of Warwick team partaking in iGEM, an international synthetic biology competition. The team supervised by Fabrizio and Dr Alex Darlington went on to achieve a gold medal, and a top nomination in best environmental project. 

Upon completing his MBio, Jerry joined the University of Cambridge to pursue a PhD.

MBio student

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Dr Marlene Rothe

Marlene received her BSc and MSc in Chemistry from ETH Zurich (Switzerland), completing her final MSc project in the Moore lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego. She completed her SynBio CDT PhD in the Challis lab, with Fabrizio serving as her secondary supervisor.

Upon completing her PhD, Marlene joined Novartis (Switzerland) through their Early Talent Program.

PhD student


Mr Liam Cribbin

Liam was a final year Medicinal Chemistry student, in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Liam joined the Alberti lab in June 2021 to complete a 8 week mini project, thanks to funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry. His project involved using CRISPR/Cas9 to delete a transcriptional regulator involved in the biosynthesis of scleric acid.

Upon completing his degree, Liam joined the Senge group at Trinity College Dublin to pursue his PhD.

Visiting BSc student


Mr Alexander Farnsworth

Alex was an MBio student completing his final year in the Alberti lab between October 2020 and June 2021 on a project that aimed to engineer yeast to produce natural rubber. He has previously undertaken research looking at how the interaction between marine protists and bacteria alters under differing phosphate conditions. Alex completed his third-year dissertation investigating how microplastic contamination affects soil function.

Upon completing his MBio degree, Alex landed a job as an analyst at the National Audit Office.

MBio student

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Panagiotis completed a mini project in the Alberti lab on genome mining for meroterpenoid biosynthetic gene clusters. Previous to that, he completed his BSc in Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, followed by an MSc in Molecular Bioengineering at the Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (Technical University of Dresden, Germany). Panagiotis is now undertaking his PhD at the University of Leicester.

Mr Panagiotis Patsis

Mini-project PhD student


Divjot received her BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey, spending 12 months working in the Church lab at Harvard Medical School. From April to July 2019, Divjot worked on a rotation project for her SynBio CDT PhD programme in the Alberti lab (co-supervised by Dr Christophe Corre), studying Coenzyme Q production in yeast.

Upon completing her rotation project, Divjot went on to pursue her PhD in the MacLean lab at the University of Oxford.

Ms Divjot Kaur

Mini-project PhD student

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Saraa completed her MBio in Biochemistry, and as part of her course she carried out an experimental research project in the Alberti lab between October 2019 and June 2020. She worked on the biosynthesis of terpenoid natural products in fungi using yeast as heterologous host.

Upon completing her MBio, Saraa landed a job at the Rosalind Franklin Laboratory.

Ms Saraa Kaleem

MBio student

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Group photo - May 2021. From left to right: Panward Prasongpholchai, Alex Farnsworth, Richard Olumakaiye, Fabrizio Alberti, Jingfan Zhang, Duha Alkhder, Sophie Jin, Jack Weaver.

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