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Alexander Lorenz

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Senior Lecturer in Fungal Genetics

Group Leader

Email: a.lorenz (at) abdn.ac.uk

Office (Room 4:20), Phone: +44 (0) 1224 437323

Lab (Room 4:08), Phone: +44 (0) 1224 437499

Alexander graduated in 2000 with a Mag. rer. nat. in Botany (with distinction), and in 2003 obtained a Dr. rer. nat. in Genetics (with distinction) from the University of Vienna, Austria. After working as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Josef Loidl (now retired) for two years studying the meiotic chromosome axis organization in fission yeast, he was awarded an Erwin Schrödinger-Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) to join Professor Matthew Whitby's lab at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford. There he investigated the role of different DNA helicases in homologous recombination.

In May 2013 he joined the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition of the University of Aberdeen as Lecturer in Molecular Cell Biology. In August 2021 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Fungal Genetics.

He serves as Honorary Treasurer to the Genetics Society, is Associate Editor at Critical Reviews in Microbiology and Microbiological Research, and Editorial Board Member at FEMS Yeast Research.

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Stefaniya T. Stoichkova

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PhD (Medical Sciences) Student

Honours Project Student (01/2017-03/2017)

Email: s.stoichkova (at) abdn.ac.uk

Office (Room 4:26), Phone: +44 (0) 1224 437509

Lab (Room 4:08), Phone: +44 (0) 1224 437499

Stefi originally joined our lab to do a research project on meiotic recombination in Sz. pombe for her University of Aberdeen biotechnology degree. Subsequently, she got awarded an IMS PhD-studentship to study sexual reproduction in Candida spp.. She re-joined the lab in October 2017 and is co-supervised by Dr Donna MacCallum.



Samantha J. Mpaulo

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PhD (Medical Sciences) Student

Email: s.mpaulo (at) abdn.ac.uk

Office (Room 4:26), Phone: +44 (0) 1224 437509

Lab (Room 4:08), Phone: +44 (0) 1224 437499

Samantha graduated in 2016 with a B.Sc. in Medical Genetics from the University of Sheffield, UK, where she also obtained a M.Sc. in Human and Molecular Genetics (with distinction) in 2017.

She joined the lab in October 2017 and is interested in the initiation of meiotic recombination using Sz. pombe as a model organism. Samantha is co-supervised by Professor Adele Marston, University of Edinburgh, UK.



Chloe Pelletier

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PhD (Medical Mycology) Student

Email: c.pelletier.19 (at) abdn.ac.uk

Office (Room 4:26), Phone: +44 (0) 1224 437509

Lab (Room 4:08), Phone: +44 (0) 1224 437499

Chloe joined our lab in September 2019. she is funded by the MRC-CMM at the University of Exeter, and she is interested in the cellular response of Candida auris to various stresses.



Sakinah Alsayegh

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PhD (Medical Microbiology) Student

MSc (Microbiology) Student (04/2019-07/2019)

Email: s.alsayegh.19 (at) abdn.ac.uk

Office (Room 4:26), Phone: +44 (0) 1224 437509

Lab (Room 4:08), Phone: +44 (0) 1224 437499

Sakinah joined our lab to do her MSc research project on morphogenetic switching in C. auris in April 2019. Lateron, she was awarded a PhD-studentship from the Kuwait Cultural Office to continue this work. She is co-supervised by Dr Donna MacCallum.



RECENT ALUMNI

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Sadia Fami

MSc (Microbiology) Student (04/2021-07/2021)

As part of her MSc degree, Sadia did a laboratory project on C. auris stress response.

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Zoe K. Ross

MRes (Medical Mycology) student (01/2017-04/2017), PhD (Medical Mycology) Student (10/2017-02/2021)

Zoe is a University of Aberdeen graduate and did her MRes/PhD degree in Medical Mycology on genetic diversity in Candida auris funded by the MRC-CMM at the University of Exeter. She is now working for the NHS.

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Gustavo A. Bravo Ruiz

Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) (06/2017-09/2020)

Gustavo obtained BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Córdoba (Spain). After postdoctoral work at the Universities of Córdoba and Kent (UK), he joined the lab in June 2017 to look at karyotypic diversity and genotoxic stress response in Candida auris. He now works as a PDRA at the University of Dundee (UK).

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Sandra Appiah Kubi

MSc (Molecular Medicine) Student (04/2020-07/2020)

As part of her MSc degree, Sandra did a literature review on C. auris epidemics in Africa.

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Amelia Sanders

MSc (Molecular Medicine) Student (04/2020-07/2020)

As part of her MSc degree, Amelia did a literature review on domesticated fungi and their uses.

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Saba Wahid

MSc (Reproductive & Developmental Biology) Student (04/2020-07/2020)

As part of her MSc degree, Saba did a literature review on experimental models to study C. auris pathogenicity.

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Inês Dias Rebelo

MRes (Molecular Biology) Student (09/2018-03/2020)

Inês has a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Aberdeen, she joined the lab in September 2018 to do a project on the regulation of meiotic double-stranded DNA break formation using Sz. pombe as a model organism

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Mihail Mihov

MSci (Genetics) Student (01/2020-03/2020)

Mihail joined our lab to do a research project for his University of Aberdeen Honours degree.

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Susanna Pennala

BSc (Genetics) Student (01/2020-03/2020)

Susanna joined our lab to do a research project for her University of Aberdeen Honours degree.

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Kieran Petrie

BSc (Immunology & Pharmacology) Student (01/2020-03/2020)

Kieran joined our lab to do a research project for his University of Aberdeen Honours degree.

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Jemma Fernie

MSc (Reproductive & Developmental Biology) Student (04/2019-07/2019)

Jemma did her MSc degree project in our lab.

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Caelan Bell

Internship Student (03/2017-05/2017, 10/2018-04/2019)

Caelan is a University of Aberdeen Genetics undergraduate, who joined our lab to gain some research experience. Caelan recently started a PhD project at the University of Vienna, Austria.

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Eilidh Holmes

BSc (Microbiology) Student (01/2019-03/2019)

Eilidh joined our lab to do a research project for her University of Aberdeen Honours degree. She currently studies for an advanced nursing degree in Glasgow.

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Hannah Rickman

Internship Student (01/2019)

Hannah is a University of St Andrews undergraduate, who joined our lab for a short research project.

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Dmitriy Li

MSc (Genetics) Student (04/2018-07/2018)

Dmitriy graduated with an MSc degree in Genetics from the University of Aberdeen. He was jointly supervised with Dr Raif Yuecel from the Iain Fraser Cytometry Centre (IFCC) to establish imaging cytometry techniques to study Schizosaccharomyces pombe meiosis. He moved to Australia for his PhD studies.

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Fei Long

MSc (Microbiology) Student (04/2018-07/2018)

Fei graduated with an MSc degree in Microbiology from the University of Aberdeen. She studied stress-response in Candida auris.

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Gaja M. Gasiorek

Honours Project Student (01/2018-03/2018)

Gaja joined our lab to do a research project for her University of Aberdeen Biotechnology degree. She moved to England, and started an MPhil degree in Bioscience Enterprise at the University of Cambridge.

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Keira M. Wood

Honours Project Student (01/2018-03/2018)

Keira joined our lab to do a research project for her University of Aberdeen BMS (Molecular Biology) degree. Keira now works as a laboratory technician in the Aberdeen area.

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Simon D. Brown

PhD Student (10/2013-12/2017)

Simon finished his PhD at the University of Aberdeen working in our lab on how meiotic recombination outcomes are modulated in fission yeast. He currently holds a PDRA position at the University of Edinburgh.

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Last updated 22/10/2021 - AL