SfAM appoints new Policy Subcommittee members

03 Apr 2019

Today, the SfAM Executive Committee welcomes one ECS Member and two Full Members to the Society's Policy Subcommittee. Dr Clare Taylor, SfAM General Secretary and Policy Subcommittee Chair, offered a warm welcome to the new appointees:


Details on the new Policy Subcommittee members may be found below. For further information on the Society's governance, please visit the Who We Are page.


New Policy Subcommittee Members


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    Jacob Hamilton

    Policy Subcommittee Member

    Jacob started off as a chemist, completing an undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical Science at Kingston University in 2017, including a year-long placement at GlaxoSmithKline’s Ware site. During his undergraduate, a module on infectious disease caught his attention and inspired his intertest in microbiology. Jacob then went on to do a Masters by Research in Microbiology in Prof Mark Fielder’s lab, where he investigated the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance markers in the microbiome of birds of prey, during this time he became an active member of SfAM, attending various events and writing blog pieces. Currently Jacob is conducting his PhD in Prof Matt Hutching’s lab at the University of East Anglia, where he is researching microbial symbiosis with insect and plant systems, and how these may be a source of novel antimicrobials.

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    Suzy Moody

    Policy Subcommittee Member

    Suzy completed a Microbiology degree at Cardiff University, then took the unusual step of doing her Post-Graduate Diploma in Adult Nursing. She studied for her MSc Infectious Disease with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a distance learning student, while working full time as an ICU nurse. On completion of her Masters, she spent the next few years working in clinical settings in both Africa and Asia. She came back to the UK in 2009 to do her PhD at Swansea University, looking at novel antimicrobial metabolites produced by Streptomyces bacteria. Her post-doctoral work focussed on transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics of a variety of environmental microbes. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Solent University, and busy establishing her own research group which will indulge her passion for understanding how microbes survive stress and do interesting things.

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    Diane Purchase

    Policy Subcommittee Member

    Diane is a Professor of Environmental Biotechnology and has a keen interest in safeguarding and improving the environment. She is an alumna of King’s College London where she was awarded a PhD degree in Environmental Microbiology in 1992. As an Executive Member of the Committee of the Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) in the UK, a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Diane engages in the advancement of environmental microbiology through teaching, knowledge exchange, research and scholarship in the UK and international higher education sectors. She was appointed to the Subject Benchmark Review panel for Earth Science, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Study by the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in 2014. Diane’s research interest focuses on the role of biotechnology in pollution control and bioremediation. She has published widely and has supervised a number of PhD students in this area. She is member of the editorial boards of the two international journals published by Springer Nature: Environmental Geochemistry and Health and Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

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