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

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

Panward (Pan) recently completed her PhD from the Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick under the supervision of Dr Manuela Tosin and Dr Christophe Corre. Her PhD work focused on the elucidation of a cryptic polyketide synthase biosynthetic pathway from Rhodococcus sp. Pan joined the Alberti lab in March 2021 in which she is working on improving the biomass production of mushroom-forming fungi when grown in different carbon sources.

Ms Panward Prasongpholchai


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 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

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

Duha is a third-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


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

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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