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EAMONN READING - PI

Eamonn obtained his MSci in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, where he performed research with Dr Wuge Briscoe and Dr Gareth Owen. He then went on to obtain a DPhil at the University of Oxford within the laboratory of Professor Dame Carol Robinson in 2015.


Eamonn then moved to King's College London as a post-doctoral researcher within the laboratory of Professor Paula Booth before, in 2016, becoming a BBSRC Future Leader Fellow.


Since 2019, Eamonn became a Lecturer in Chemistry at King's College London and was recently awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.

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DIETMAR HAMMERSCHMID - POST-DOC

Dietmar pursued his undergraduate studies in nutritional science and chemistry at the University of Vienna. After that, he continued with a master degree in biochemistry, for which he joined the mass spectrometry group of Prof. Andreas Rizzi as a thesis student in 2014. 


In 2015, he moved to the University of Antwerp where he became a PhD student in the lab's of Prof. Frank Sobott and Prof. Sylvia Dewilde. His PhD focus was mainly on the characterization of membrane proteins by native mass spectrometry. Besides that, he investigated the role of cold atmospheric plasma as a novel structural mass spectrometry tool for hydroxyl radical footprinting of proteins. He finished his PhD at the University of Antwerp in October 2019.


Dietmar joined the Reading lab in 2019 as a UKRI-funded postdoctoral researcher.

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BEN LEWIS - PHD STUDENT

Ben achieved an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of East Anglia in 2018. His final year research project was spent in the John Innes Centre testing novel compounds against DNA Gyrase for antibiotic potential, under Professor Tony Maxwell.


Ben's main research interest has always been protein chemistry, with applications to global health concerns such as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). 


Ben joined the Reading lab in 2019 on a King's College London Studentship.

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CHLOE BAILEY - PHD STUDENT

Chloe‘s interests lie with interdisciplinary science, where the boundaries between biology, physics and chemistry are blurred.


During her Physics undergraduate at the University of Exeter, Chloe’s projects focused on the application of physics-based methods, such as Raman and FTIR spectroscopy, to biological systems. As a postgraduate researcher with Dr Peter Petrov, she used microscopic and spectroscopic techniques to investigate the effect of short-chain alcohols on the physical properties of erythrocyte membranes.


Chloe aims to advance knowledge of membranes and interdisciplinary methods with her project in the Reading Group. 

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LAILA SHAH - MASTER'S STUDENT

Laila has a keen interest in mass spectrometry and is interested in its application related to infectious diseases. She has developed experience over the last two years through projects involving advanced mass spectrometry technologies for the diagnosis of chemically inert pathogens (industrial joint project with Professor Ajit Shah (Middlesex University)) and characterisation of proteases in Clostridium species (National Infection Services).


Laila’s project with the Reading group will involve investigating membrane protein multidrug resistance pumps using hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry.

Laila joined the Reading laboratory in September 2020 to undertake her MSci project.

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PREVIOUS MEMBERS

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Tabasom Haghighi - Summer Student (now undergoing a PhD within Prof. Molly Stevens group at Imperial College London)

Tim Gemeinhardt - Erasmus+ Student (now undergoing a PhD within Prof Nicole Francis’ group at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute)