Three Musketeers pass PhDs (pending minor corrections)!

A huge well done to new Drs Andy Frey, Dr Kate Naylor and Dr Charlotte Green for passing their Vivas with flying colours, who are all now proud owners of their doctoral spatulas (It's a group thing). They all had nice rigourous vivas with examiners drawn from the University of Cambridge, Trinity college-Dublin and the University of Glasgow. Very well deserved! They have all contributed so much to the group and are an example to all.

Charlotte has already secured a post doc position at the University of Nottingham with Professor Gill Stephens on a synthetic biology project aimed at engineering E.coli to resist toxic compounds key to industrial biotechnology.  We wish her the best of luck and are very sad to see her go, but look forward to hearing all about the future.

Luckily, we don’t have to say goodbye to Kate and Andy just yet as  Kate has taken a step sideways and is working with the Colgate team, supervised by Simon Whawell, Helen Colley and Craig Murdoch on a project utilising her microbiology and tissue culture skills and learning some 3D-model skills.

Andy is staying put also for now, continuing to work with Graham on an MRC Proximity to Discovery grant with PhytoQuest UK, testing novel plant derived antimicrobial compounds.  

The team are pictured here on the night of Charlotte’s viva after an orange squash or two in the aptly named ‘Wick at both Ends’.  Watch this space for papers….

Oh, and Andy... busy man: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/wylam-wood-proposal-mystery-solved-12242578