Liam is 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. This project was under the supervision of Fabrizio and Jingfan. 

Mr Liam Cribbin

BSc student


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.

Mr Alexander Farnsworth

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.

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.

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.