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Group photo - May 2024. From left to right: Tiantian Fu, Michaël Tadesse, Jingfan Zhang, Richard Olumakaiye, Fabrizio Alberti, Sophie Jin, Joseph Newman, Panward Prasongpholchai, Kavi Biswas.

Present members

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Fabrizio is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. He started his independent research in 2018 through the support of a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship to investigate the biosynthesis of fungal meroterpenoids. Before then, 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.

Dr Fabrizio Alberti

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow (Associate Professor)


Panward (Pan) completed her PhD from the Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick under the supervision of Dr Manuela Tosin and Dr Christophe Corre. Her PhD focused on the elucidation of a cryptic polyketide synthase biosynthetic pathway from Rhodococcus sp. Pan first joined the Alberti lab between March and June 2021, where  she worked on improving the biomass production of mushroom-forming fungi when grown in different carbon sources. Before returning to the Alberti lab as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pan worked in Claudia Blindauer's group on the determination of Zn2+-binding proteins in plasma samples via 2D protein chromatography and MS.

Dr Panward Prasongpholchai

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Dr Tiantian Fu

Tiantian completed her PhD studies at the University of Warwick in Yin Chen’ lab at the School of Life Sciences (2013-2017), investigating the genetic and biochemical mechanism of quaternary amine degradation in the microbial community in human gut. Before joining the Alberti lab, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham working on host-microbial interaction using molecular microbiology techniques (2018-2020), a 3-month WISB Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017) and a 6-month WAMIC Early Career Research Fellow at Warwick University (2016).

Senior Research Technician

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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 completed her MSc by Research with Dr Christophe Corre (primary supervisor) and Fabrizio (secondary supervisor) on a project that aimed to develop new biocatalysts from streptomycete-derived biosynthetic enzymes. Jingfan started her PhD with Fabrizio (primary supervisor) and Chris (secondary supervisor) in November 2020 thanks to the award of a University of Warwick/China Scholarship Council studentship.

Ms Jingfan Zhang

PhD student

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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 went on to do his PhD in the Alberti lab, starting in November 2020, to continue with his research to study the biosynthesis of meroterpenoids in fungi.

Mr Richard Olumakaiye

PhD student


Ms Sophie Jin

PhD student

Sophie graduated from the French engineering school AgroParisTech where she obtained both her BSc and MSc in Biotechnology. In April 2021, she joined the Alberti Lab as a MIBTP PhD student (funded by both the University of Warwick and the BBSRC). She is now working under the supervision of Fabrizio and Dr Lijiang Song on the discovery of bioactive natural products from fungi of the genus Trichoderma that inhabit the rhizosphere of papaya plants, which could lead to the development of biocontrol agents to improve papaya crop yields.

Sophie is the 2022 recipient of the Brewster Scholarship, which is awarded to a PhD student from the Warwick School of Life Sciences in their second year of research whose work relates to crop improvement.

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Mr Michaël Tadesse

Michaël completed his BSc in Medical Sciences at the University of Exeter. He then obtained a MSc in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology from the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam. He is currently working on a project that looks at combining bacteriophages and basidiomycete-derived antibiotics to combat antimicrobial resistance. He joined the Sagona Lab as a MIBTP PhD student in November 2021 with Fabrizio as his secondary supervisor.

PhD student


Joseph completed his BSc in Chemistry at the University of Keele. He joined Warwick in 2022 to carry out his MRes under the supervision of Dr Matthew Jenner and Fabrizio, studying fungal siderophore biosynthesis. He is now a PhD student in the Jenner and Alberti labs, where he studies the biosynthesis of microbial siderophores.

Mr Joseph Newman

PhD student

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Group trip to Kew Gardens - August 2023. From left, clockwise: Fabrizio Alberti, Jingfan Zhang, Panward Prasongpholchai, Richard Olumakaiye, Lamita Abbas, Sophie Jin, Joseph Newman.

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