Teresa completed her PhD in 2010 with Dr. Felix Randow, at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge. She then joined the CMBI as a postdoc in the laboratory of Prof. David Holden, focusing on Salmonella as a model intracellular pathogen. She was awarded an Early Career Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust in 2012 and an Imperial College Research Fellowship in 2014. In 2018 she established the Thurston Lab with funding from a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship. Teresa has 3 young kids and is passionate about helping others find the right balance between work and family.
The Thurston group is always changing as we welcome project students from various programmes as well as summer students. Here you can find out a little bit about the current lab.
Ines joined the group in Nov 2021 as a postdoc and is funded by an MRC research grant. During her PhD Ines worked on the NLRP3 inflammasome in macrophages under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Davis at the University of Manchester. Now she is really excited to understand more about the interaction of Salmonella with macrophages. Ines is part of the groups “Crick Satellite”, where she works closely with Janina, who is funded by our MRC grant and works with our co-investigator Dr. Rittinger.
Magda is an honorary Thurston Lab member. She is really a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Holden, however her interests in innate immune signaling and bacteria mean that we have convinced her to have twice the number of lab meetings and twice the amount of fun!
Ioanna started off as a Biomedical Research Mres student in the lab in 2018. We were delighted when she obtained a competitive MRC-DTP Studentship to carry out her PhD on the modulation of host immunity by Salmonella effector proteins. Ioanna rapidly became an expert on all things SteE related and enjoys running lots of western blots.
Hazel joined the lab for her PhD in 2018 and is funded by the department of infectious disease. Hazel gained an interest in biochemistry and structural biology during her MRes at Imperial and carries on using these techniques during her PhD to explore the molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis.
Cullum started his PhD in 2020 after he obtained an MRC-DTP studentship to work on host immunity during bacterial infection. Prior to this, Cullum worked in the lab as a technician and before that he worked in industry. He says the best thing about doing a PhD is the freedom to investigate diverse avenues of research.
Our newest PhD student is Yizhou. Yizhou graduated from Zhejiang University, China with a BSc and then worked as a research assistant from one year on the virulence genes of pathogenic fungi. From 2021, Yizhou is now doing graduate studies with us and is introducing some new pathogens to the Thurston group.
We routinely host post-graduate and under-graduate students in the laboratory for rotation projects that last between 3 to 6 months. We also take summer students, subject to available space in the laboratory.
Agnel – BSc Infection and Immunity project student.
Alison – 1 + 3 PhD CDT BioDesign Eng programme student who is doing her MRes project in our lab on engineering Salmonella for exploitation. Alison is a joint graduated student with the laboratory of Tom Ellis.
Elliott Jennings – Graduated 2018 and now at LifeArc
Regina Gunster – Graduated 2017 and now at Instruct-ERIC
Recent PG/UG students
2021 – Maddy (BPI MRes student), Beatrice (BPI MRes student) & Jonty (undergraduate summer student)
2020 – Dan (BPI MRes student) & Kelly (Immunology MSci student)
2019 – Nur & Michele (PG) and Jingru, Beth, Han and Enkai (UG)
- Beth was awarded the “British Society for Immunology Prize” for the highest project mark and also won the Thomas Skurry Prize for the best overall performance in the BSc. Well done Beth!