Meet the Team

Project Lead

The boss (allegedly)
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Project Researchers

JOAO CORREIA. I joined the May lab in December 2014 and the MITOFUN project in April 2017, currently splitting my time between the lab and the imaging industry (Cairn Research). My background is in reproduction and cell signalling, where I worked with olfactory receptors expressed in human sperm, investigating their role in regulating behavioural changes like motility and chemotaxis. I also had a spell in cardiovascular sciences where I focused on the interplay between intracellular calcium and actin dynamics and the role of the actin nodule. I am a major microscopy enthusiast and I hope my previous experience in cell signalling and imaging will be of good use to unravel the secrets of the fungal world.

GUILLAUME DESANTI. I obtained a PhD degree in fundamental Immunology (Paris 7 – Denis Diderot University, France) based on my research on “Mouse Foetal Spleen Haematopoietic and Structuring Processes” at the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France). In 2007 I joined the University of Birmingham as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and focused on understanding the importance of the cellular crosstalk between haematopoietic cells (i.e. leucocytes, platelets…) and non-haematopoietic cells (i.e. fibroblasts, epithelial cells…). In August 2017, I joined the May Lab and the MITOFUN project to develop in vivo experimental models of fungal infections in order to discover the mechanisms by which fungi shape the immune responses.

LINDA MILLYARD.  Before coming to Birmingham I spent 8 years at Durham University where I completed my BSc, MRes and PhD. My PhD was focussed upon wheat transcription factors and their role in wheat defence against the fungal pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici. In March 2019 I joined the May Group and the MITOFUN project, where I am researching the pathogenic algae Prototheca, which infects humans and other animals (mostly milking cows and dogs). The aim is to advance the knowledge surrounding this understudied pathogen, hopefully leading to a more suitable and reliable cure for the infection.

Project Technician

Project Administrator

GEMMA WARREN.  I completed my undergraduate, MSc and PhD degrees in Mathematics, Mathematical Biology and Biophysical Chemistry, graduating in 2009 from the University of Warwick.   I spent three years as a postdoc in Warwick Medical School before moving to Aston University in 2013 to work as a Laboratory Technician.  In 2016 I moved to the University of Birmingham as a Research Technician, and joined the MITOFUN project in November 2019.

JUDE WILLIAMS. I administer the ERC funded MITOFUN project. My background is in EU funding & project management & I have worked in this field in Brussels & the UK since graduating from Cardiff University with a BScECON in European Union Studies in 1997.

This project is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Framework 7 Programme (FP/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 614562