Group Members

Principal Investigator


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




Associate Research Fellows

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






PhD Students

Ashley Smith
email: as624@exeter.ac.uk





Erin Attrill
email: ea398@exeter.ac.uk







Francesco Valente
email: fv220@exeter.ac.uk







Georgy Glover
email: gg270@exeter.ac.uk








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






Olivia Goode
email: og224@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



Stefano Pagliara

Zehra Kahveci



Ashley Smith

Erin Attrill

Francesco Valente

Georgy Glover

Jari Iannucci
Olivia Goode
Rikke Morrish

Tobias Lutz

Yizhou Tan

Agnieszka Kaczmar

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.



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).



Erin is developing novel technologies to isolate and grow currently unclturable bacteria in collaboration with Dstl.





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





Georgy is developing methods to combine microfluidics, microscopy and giant unilamellar vesicles to investigate membrane transport (in collaboration with Dr Peter Petrov).




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


Olivia is studying gene expression in persister and viable but non culturable pathogens in collaboration with Dstl.




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.





Alumni (Name, Position, Next Destination)

Katherine Webber, Final year BSc Biosciences project student (2017-2018), PhD student candidate, Physics, University of Cambridge
Alice Carr, Final year MSc Natural Sciences project student (2017-2018)
Paloma Marsolo, Final year BSc Biosciences project student (2017-2018)
Simona Frustaci, MbyRes Student (2015-2017), PhD student candidate, Physics, University of Exeter
Michele Corezzi, Summer student, MSc in Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen
Dr Rosie Bamford, Associate Research Fellow (2015-2017), Research Technician, Medical School, University of Exeter
Chris Smith, Final year BSc Biosciences project student (2016-2017)
Georgy Glover, Final year BSc Biosciences project student (2016-2017), PhD student candidate, Physics, University of Exeter
Laura Elliott, Final year BSc Natural Sciences project student (2017)
Paula Usackaite, Final year Bioscience project student and summer placement (2015-2016), Admin and Marketing Executive, Creative Nature Superfoods
Yash Bathi, Summer placement student (2016), Master of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Matt Georgiu, Final year BSc Biosciences project student (2015-2016), Biosciences, University of Exeter
Agnieszka Kaczmar, Summer placement student (2015-2016), Open University
Ashley Smith, Final year BSc Biosciences project student (2015-2016), PhD student candidate, 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

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