Group photo - December 2019. From left to right: Marlene Rothe, Jack Weaver, Jingfan Zhang, Kerry Thompson (Corre group), Saraa Kaleem, Duha Alkhder, Fabrizio Alberti, Panward Prasongpholchai (Tosin/Corre groups).

Present members

Fabrizio is a Senior Research Fellow with joint appointment between the School of Life Sciences and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, where he currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. Before starting his independent research, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Corre Lab (2015-2018), working to discover new natural products from actinomycetes. He completed his PhD studies at the University of Bristol in the Foster/Bailey Lab (2012-2015), focusing on the biosynthesis of terpenoid antibiotics. He graduated from the University of Perugia (Italy) with a BSc and MSc in Biotechnology.

Dr Fabrizio Alberti

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

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

Mr Jack Weaver

PhD student

Jingfan completed her BSc in Chemistry at Sichuan University, China. She was a visiting student for 5 months at Columbia University, New York City. She is currently completing her MSc by Research with Dr Christophe Corre (primary supervisor) and Fabrizio (secondary supervisor) on a project that aims to develop new biocatalysts from streptomycete-derived biosynthetic enzymes. Jingfan has been awarded funding through the University of Warwick/China Scholarship Council to carry out her PhD with Fabrizio (primary supervisor) and Chris (secondary supervisor) starting from October 2020.

Ms Jingfan Zhang

MSc by Research student

Richard is a graduate of Microbiology from Landmark University, Nigeria. He completed his MSc degree from the University of Warwick where he studied Medical Biotechnology & Business Management. For his Master’s project he worked on understanding the biosynthesis of meroterpenoids in Basidiomycota, under Fabrizio's supervision. He will be joining the Alberti Lab for his PhD to continue with his research to study the biosynthesis of meroterpenoids in fungi, starting from November 2020.

Mr Richard Olumakaiye

PhD student

Duha is a second-year PhD student and she is currently working on the identification of the mechanism of action of stilbene antibiotics. She is co-supervised by Dr Nick Waterfield (Warwick Medical School).

Ms Duha Alkhder

PhD student

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 is currently working for her SynBio CDT PhD in the Challis lab, with Fabrizio serving as her secondary supervisor.

Ms Marlene Rothe

PhD student

Alex is an MBio student completing his final year in the Alberti lab between October 2020 and June 2021 on a project that engineers 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


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

PhD student

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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