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Former members of the Webb group

Former PhD students

Eva Dai (2019-2023) was a Marie Curie ITN-funded PhD student working with Bruce and Mike on new strategies for artificial cell formation. She is now a PDRA working at the University of Cambridge.
Jonathan Dolan was a EPSRC-CASE funded PhD student working with Bruce Turnbull and Mike Webb and Iceni Diagnostics on new methods to generate glycoconjugate proteins. He now works at Keele University.
Holly was a BBSRC-funded PhD student from 2017-2021 working with Bruce Turnbull and Mike on new strategies for orthogonal protein modification. She is now a ADC production scientist with Sterling Pharma Solutions.
Tomasz Kaminski was a BBSRC-funded PhD student from 2016-2021 working with Mike, Bruce Turnbull and Professor Mike McPherson on new strategies for protein delivery into cells. He is now a PDRA working in FBS at Leeds
Asif Fazal (2016-2021) was a Wellcome-funded PhD student working with Dr Ryan Seipke and Mike on the enzymology and genetics of natural product biosynthesis. He is now a BBSRC-funded PDRA with Ryan and Mike.
Ryan McBerney was an EPSRC-funded PhD student working with Bruce Turnbull and Mike on new ways to generate glyconeoproteins. He is now a PDRA at the University of Manchester.
Sarah Atkinson (2015-2019) was a University of Leeds PhD student working with Professor Paul Taylor and Mike on mobile genetic elements. She now works as a science writer.
Zoe Arnott (2014-2018) was a University of Leeds/University of Hamburg co-funded PhD student working on strategies for protein modification enabling biophysical methods. She is now a research scientist at CPI in Darlington.
Matt Balmforth (2013-2017) was a WT-funded PhD student working with Bruce Turnbull, Jim Deuchars and Mike on the use of bacterial toxins as neuronal tracers. He is now a scientist working in the pharmaceutical industry.
Darren Machin (2012-2015) was a BBSRC CASE-funded student working on chemoenzymatic modification strategies. Following periods as a PDRA in FBS and physics, he is currently a PDRA in the group working on protein engineering strategies.
Arthur Mercer (2014-2016) was an EPSRC-funded PhD student working on bacterial toxin engineering. He is now working in California.
Ivona Petrache (2011-2015) was an EU-funded PhD student (co-supervised with Paul Beales) who worked on lipid nanodiscs. She is now a Technology Analyst at Strategic Business Insights in London.
Phil Morrison (2011-2015) was a WT-funded PhD student (co-supervised by Mike McPherson and Darren Tomlinson) studying chemical methods to generate dehydroalanine-containing and multicyclic peptides. Following work at KPMG, he is now a consultant specialising in the healthcare sector.
Diana Monteiro (2011-2015) was a WT-funded PhD student (co-supervised by Arwen Pearson and Stuart Warriner) studying the development of photocaging strategies for proteins as well as the structure of the panDZ complex. She is now a staff scientist at the Hauptmann-Woodward Institute in Buffalo, NY.
Katherine Horner was a BBSRC-funded PhD student studying the synthesis and application of triazole- and triazine-containing amino acids. Following a PDRA position with Mike and then Andrew Wilson, she acted as the Interim Research and Innovation Manager for the Astbury Centre. She now works at the University of Manchester.
James Gowdy (2010-2015) was a WT-funded PhD student (co-supervised by Arwen Pearson and Emanuele Paci) working on new strategies for time-dependent crystallography.
Dan Williamson (2010-2014) was an EPSRC-funded PhD student (co-supervised by Bruce Turnbull) working on the application of sortase for protein labelling. He is now a senior scientist working with Iksuda
Briony Yorke (2009-2013) was a WT-funded PhD student (co-supervised by Arwen Pearson and Emanuele Paci) working on new strategies for time-dependent crystallography and ADC. She was a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the University of Leeds, Bath and Hamburg. She is now a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the University of Leeds.
James Ross (2009-2013) was a WT-funded PhD student (co-supervised by Bruce Turnbull and Emanuele Paci) working on reengineering of bacterial toxins. He subsequently undertook PDRA work with Dek Woolfson (Bristol), Mark Howarth (Oxford), Bruce Turnbull (Leeds) and is now an independent research fellow in Synthetic Biology based in FBS, Leeds.
Heather Cox (2009-2013) was an EPSRC-funded PhD student working on the enzyme AICAR transformylase. She now works for Rolls-Royce.
Tom McAllister (2008-2012) was an EPSRC-funded PhD student working on the development of triazoles as mimics of phosphohistidine. He worked as a PDRA working with Akane Kawamura in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. He is now a Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle.
Jeff Hollins (2008-2012) was an EPSRC-funded PhD student working on protein-protein interactions in bacterial gluconeogenesis. Following research work at the University of Cambridge, and Kymab therapeutics he is now Head of Protein Sciences at T-Therapeutics.

Former PDRAs

Louise Kime was a short-term PDRA funded by a Yorkshire Cancer Research Pump-Priming award to work on purine biosynthesis. She is currently a PDRA with Alex O'Neill at the University of Leeds.
Zhenlian Ling was a BBSRC-funded PDRA in the group.
Nathalie Valette was an EPSRC-funded PDRA in the group working on nitrogen-rich amino-acid synthesis.
Daniel O'Sullivan was a NERC-funded PDRA in the group working on the role of biological material in atmospheric ice nucleation.
After his PhD, Dan was a BBSRC-funded PDRA with Dr Bruce Turnbull. He now works for Glythera in Newcastle.
After her PhD, Kat worked as a WT-funded teaching fellow, before working with Andy Wilson.
Kristian Hollingsworth was employed as a short-term PDRA to work on protein bioconjugation technologies. He is currently a PDRA with Professor Bruce Turnbull at the University of Leeds.
Ludwig Pilsl was a Leverhulme Trust-funded PDRA working with Professor Andy Wilson and Mike. He now works for Patheon.
Danuta Witkowska was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow studying the protein-protein interactions of phosphorylated proteins.
Claire Grison was a Leverhulme-Trust funded PDRA working with Professor Andrew Wilson and Mike on the development of 'bionic proteins'.
Gemma Wildsmith was a BBSRC-funded PDRA working with Professor Bruce Turnbull and Mike on the generation of artificial protein assemblies. She now works for Avacta in Wetherby.
Zoe Arnott worked as a National Productivitiy Investment Fellow in the group between 2018 and 2019. She now works for CPI in Darlington.

Former MSc/MChem/MNatSci project students

Former MSc Chem Biol Students.

Devin van Geersdale (19/20)
Leoni Brill (19/20)
Shuai Shao (18/19)
Yixin Li (18/19)
John Harris (17/18)
Reem Al-Shidhani (15/16)
Will Law (13/14)
Michael Rugen (10/11)
Abigail Williams (09/10)
Andrew Grimes (09/10)
Ciara Lally (09/10)
Hannah Taylor (07/08)
Laura Erdmanis (07/08)

Undergraduate Students

Mark Bishop (2020-2021)
Eleanor Davies (2020-2021)
Jake Wheeler (2019-2020)
Olivia Seago (2019-2020)
Bethany Shore
2018-2019
Jonathan Walmsley
2018-2019
Annu Chadda
2017-18
Matthew McFegan
2017-18
Kirsten Whitaker
2017-18
Holly Morgan 2016-2017 (now PhD 2017-21)
Jessica Watson
2016-2017
Asif Fazal
2015-2016
Claire Dowse
2015-2016
Asif Fazal 2015-2016 (now PhD 2017-2020)
George Welsh
2015-2016
Peter Shipp
2014-2015
Sarah Phillips
2014-2015
Tara Hall
2014-2015
Becky Middleton
2013-2014
Catherine Spooner Price
2013-2014
Jess Thilaganathan
2013-2014
Patrick Foley
2013-2014
Henry Farrer
2012-2013
Matt Thorley
2012-2013
Sam Ness
2012-2013
Wasupol Rungtanapirom
2011-2012
Adam King
2010-2011
Miles Davies
2010-2011
James Murray
2009-2010
Sarah Lovelock
2009-2010
Heather Cox 2008-2009 (then PhD 2009-2013)

Summer Students

Olivia Seago (Wellcome Trust)
2019
Euan McDonnell (BBSRC)
2017
Isabelle Pickles (BBSRC)
2016
James Warren
2011
James Blaza
2009 and 2010
Zoe Baker
2010
Rebecca Beveridge
2010

Visitors

Adam Throup (temporary visitor)
Meta Diekstra (Diploma student from NL)