Alexandra R. Willis, MSc

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Alex Willis studied Biochemistry and Genetics at Nottingham University in the UK. Following an undergraduate project on the CRISPR/Cas9 system, Alex became interested in microbiology and was awarded MRC funding for an MRes/PhD programme in Bacterial Pathogenesis at the Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection, Imperial College London.

During her MRes, Alex worked in the lab of Serge Mostowy and learnt techniques to study in vivo the cell biology of infection using zebrafish. In collaboration with Liz Sockett at Nottingham University, Alex used the Shigella-zebrafish infection model to study predatory bacteria as a living therapeutic for antibiotic-resistant infection. At present, Alex is examining the role of the host cell division machinery in haematopoietic stem cell biology.