Current Lab Members
David Lea-Smith (PI): Lecturer in Microbiology
I completed my PhD in 2007 at Monash University, focusing on characterisation of enzymes involved in biosynthesis of the Corynebacterineae cell wall. I moved to the University of Edinburgh for a postdoctoral position where I investigated gene therapy strategies for cystic fibrosis treatment. Following this, I moved to the University of Cambridge in 2009, initially to investigate biofuel production using cyanobacteria, although the focus switched to understanding the biochemistry and physiology of these organisms, their role in the environment and uses in biotechnology. I started as a lecturer at UEA in July, 2017, where I am continuing this work.
Fred Spackman (3rd year student)
Fred is developing strains for biotechnology applications by modifying the light harvesting properties of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803.
Past Lab Members
Vadim Sauthier (summer student)
Vadim investigated strategies to improve genetic engineering in cyanobacteria and methods of purifying industrial compounds from growth media. He obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry and nanotechnology at the University of Liverpool in 2017. He is currently studying for an M.Sc. in management at the CASS London Business School.