Meet Kathy Sircombe!

Kathy joined the lab part-time as an Assistant Research Fellow (ARF) working on Pseudomonas aeruginosa, polymicrobial infections, and animal models. She has a BSc (2016) and MSc (2019) in Genetics from the University of Otago and has a broad research background ranging from molecular pharmacology to epigenetics. Her main research interests encompass the idea of how diseases and conditions that affect us in our younger years or as transient exposures can affect us later in life. In her spare time, she enjoys heading into the outdoors, and she is also a volunteer Girl-Guide Leader.

Contact: kathy.sircombe(at)

Meet Deborah Yung!

Deb continues to work in the lab as a Bachelor of Science with Honours Student working on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus biofilms and treating them with novel antimicrobials such as peptoids in vitro and in vivo. She is also interested in bacterial and fungal skin infections, specifically necrotising fasciitis. Outside the lab, Deb enjoys playing and coaching hockey, playing the violin, reading and drawing.

Contact: yunde607(at)

Meet Alana Hampson!

Alana joined the lab as a Bachelor of Science with Honours Student working on the universal stress response in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. She is literally stressing out Pseudomonas with whatever she can find in the lab.

Contact: hamal380(at)

Meet Sophie Qiu!

Sophie joined the lab as a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences Honours Student working on marine-derived lipids and pigments as topical treatment for skin infections. Sophie spends time in our lab working on polymicrobial infections as well as in Lyn Wise’s lab working on 3D skin crafts.

Contact: qiuso057(at)

Meet Minati Choudhury!

Minati is a Prosthodontist with experience in rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients. She is a PhD (Dentistry) student working on antimicrobial efficacy of nanoparticles against oral microbes and their possible use in cancer care.

Contact: chomi713(at)

This could be you!

Are you interested in infectious diseases or antimicrobial resistance?

Check out our opportunities and apply!

Previous students in the lab:

Summer students

  • Deborah Yung (2019/2020)