Group Members

Principal Investigator


Dr Stefano Pagliara
email: s.pagliara@exeter.ac.uk




Associate Research Fellows

Dr Rosie Bamford
email: r.bamford@exeter.ac.uk




Dr Zehra Kahveci
email: Z.Kahveci@exeter.ac.uk






PhD Students

Ashley Smith
email: as624@exeter.ac.uk





Francesco Valente
email: fv220@exeter.ac.uk








Jari Iannucci
email: J.Iannucci@exeter.ac.uk







Rikke Morrish
email: rm511@exeter.ac.uk







Tobias Lutz
email: tl384@exeter.ac.uk








Yizhou Tan
email: yt308@cam.ac.uk





Master students

Agnieszka Kaczmar
email: ak604@exeter.ac.uk






Simona Frustaci
email: sf355@exeter.ac.uk

Stefano Pagliara

Rosie Bamford

Zehra Kahveci

Ashley Smith

Francesco Valente

Jari Iannucci

Rikke Morrish

Tobias Lutz

Yizhou Tan

Agnieszka Kaczmar

Simona Frustaci
My research group focuses on the study of molecular transport across biological membranes with the goal of understanding how this links with single cell responses to changes in the environment.



Rosie is investigating molecular uptake in Escherichia coli by using a microfluidics, flow cytometry and mass spectrometry. She is also investigating molecular exchange in endosymbiosis collaboration with Prof. Thomas Richards.

Zehra is investigating molecular uptake through membrane transporters by using giant unilamellar vesicles as a model system.






Ashley is investigating the regulation of membrane transport proteins in antibiotic tolerant Escherichia coli by using colony forming unit assays, qPCR and single-cell deletion mutants (in collaboration with Prof Rick Titball).


Francesco is developing methods to combine microfluidics, microscopy and plant molecular biology (in collaboration with Dr Mike Deeks).





Jari is investigating the interactions between microeukaryotes and their environment by using microfluidics based technologies as part of Singek, an EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network



Rikke is developing microfluidic devices for FTIR imaging of live immune cells in collaboration with Dr Francesca Palombo, Dr Richard Chahwan and Prof Nick Stone.



Toby is developing a microfluidic protocol for automated super-resolution imaging of live cells in collaboration with Prof Christian Soeller (Physics, Exeter) and Dr Lorenzo di Michele (Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge).


Yizhou is based at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, where he is investigating the mechanisms underlying molecular transport across biological membranes (in collaboration with Prof Ulrich Keyser)


Agnieszka is investigating the effect of the environment on the heterogeneity in gene expression in a clonal Escherichia coli population.





Simona is imaging molecular uptake and membrane proteins in microfluidics in collaboration with Prof Christian Soeller.







Alumni (Name, Position, Next Destination)

Paula Usackaite, Final year project student and summer placement (2015-2016), MSc in Human Nutrition, University of Surrey
Yash Bathi, Summer placement student (2016), Master of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Matt Georgiu, Final year project student (2015-2016), Biosciences, University of Exeter
Agnieszka Kaczmar, Summer placement student (2015 and 2016), Open University
Ashley Smith, Final year project student (2015-2016), PhD in Biosciences, University of Exeter
William Ball, Part III project student (Cavendish Laboratory, 2013-2014)
Floris Keizer, Part II summer student (Cavendish Laboratory, 2014), PhD Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Emma Moffatt, Part II summer student (Cavendish Laboratory, 2014), MSc in Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences, University of Bristol