CIIE Alumni

Simon Babayan
Since CIIE fellowship Simon has held two following positions: as a co-PI on FP7 EU grant on developing a vaccine against filariasis (EPIAF, Mar 2010 - Mar 2014) and a research fellowship based at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparitive Medicine, University of Glasgow & Moredun Research Institute (Mar 2013 - current). He had a paper published in Nature in 2012 (Little T. J., Allen J. E., Babayan S. A., Matthews K. R. and Colegrave N. (2012). Harnessing evolutionary biology to combat infectious disease. Nature Med. 18, 217–220.)

Michal Letek
Thanks to the support of the Junior CIIE Fellowship Michal was able to publish his research work in a top genetics journal, PLOS Genetics. This happened shortly after he left the CIIE to start working in the Cancer Research Centre of Salamanca, Spain. Since then he has published two original articles in the EMBO Journal and is currently focused on setting up his own research group. He is now interested in analyzing the host cell response to the intracellular proliferation of certain bacterial pathogens, such as Staphylococcus aureus.

Seanna McTaggart
Since 2012 Seanna has been working as a Researcher Co-Investigator on a NERC funded grant with Tom Little and Darren Obbard.

Nicole Mideo
After leaving CIIE in January Nicole was holding a position of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral fellow and working with Andrew Read on "Ecological tools for studying drug resistance in malaria infections" at The Pennsylvania State University
In July 2013 she took up the post of Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Petra Schneider
Since leaving CIIE Petra has been working as a Research Fellow on Evolution of parasite reproductive strategies in natural infections. She is currently Co-Investigator on Sarah's Reece NERC grant.

Vincent Staszewski
Since leaving CIIE, Vincent has held a position in Merial, a Sanofi company. He works as veterinary scientist in the EMEA clinical R&D, Immunological Companion Animals Department.

Michael Tildesley
In September 2011 he was appointed a Lecturer at the University of Warwick in the Centre for Complexity Science. Since joining the University of Warwick, he has built up a group consisting of a postdoc and three Ph.D. students, all of whom are working on modelling of livestock infectious diseases. He is currently working on two main projects. The first of these is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and is focused upon the development of a mathematical model for foot-and-mouth disease in the USA and the impact of intervention strategies. The second project is funded by the National Institutes of Health and BBSRC and is focused upon determining optimal control policies for disease control in the early stages of disease outbreaks. He has just been appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter and will be taking up a post there in October 2013.