Research Fellows

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)

PhD Students

Meet Deborah Yung!

Deb continues in the lab 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 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)

MSc Students

Meet Alana Hampson!

Alana joined the lab as a Master of Science Student in a collaborative project with Blis Technologies testing skin probiotics against ESKAPE pathogens.

Contact: hamal380(at)

BSc Hons Students 2021

Meet Claude Vincent!

Claude joined the lab as a 4th year Microbiology Hons student working on the stringent stress response and creating Tn-Seq libraries in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Contact: vincl731(at)

Meet Finn Dusterwald!

Finn joined the lab as a 4th year Genetics Hons student working on the stringent stress response and SpoT-mediated regulation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Contact: dusfi481(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:

Postgraduate Honours Students

  • Deborah Yung, BSc(Hons), 2020
  • Alana Hampson, BSc(Hons), 2020
  • Sophie Qiu, BBiomedSc(Hons), 2020

Summer Students

  • Claude Vincent (2020/2021)
  • Alana Hampson (2020/2021)
  • Deborah Yung (2019/2020/2021)