Meet the Team

Project Lead

The boss (allegedly)
More about him here

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.

Project Technician

Project Administrator

DEBORAH CROOM-CARTER.  I graduated from Warwick University in 1988 with a BSc in Biochemistry and started work at Birmingham University as a Research Technician. I have spent most of my time working on EBV and its association with cancers. I joined the MITOFUN project at the start of 2018 providing health and safety support.


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