Lab Members

Lab picture October 2021
Grace Gill

Grace Gill
Research Technician

After studying her undergraduate degree in Parasitology at the University of Glasgow, Grace moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to pursue a Masters in Medical Parasitology. She completed her masters project in Sam Alsford’s Lab, studying the role of ubiquitin ligases in conferring sensitivity to ApoL1 and human serum in the cattle parasite Trypanosoma brucei brucei. During the UK lockdown and COVID-19 pandemic, Grace worked at the Lighthouse Laboratory in Glasgow as a Laboratory Scientist, supporting SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics. She moved to the Harding Lab in September 2021

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Cecilia Gallego Rubio

Cecilia Gallego Rubio
Research Technician

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Megan Sloan
Research associate

After gaining her BSc in Biological Sciences, from the University of Bath, Megan completed her DPhil in the labs of Prof. Petros Ligoxygakis and Prof. Keith Gull at the University of Oxford. Her project investigated the interactions between Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) and the trypanosomatid parasite Herpetomonas muscarum. After sequencing the parasite genome, Megan used transcriptomics to identify genes from both host and parasite which were critical to the outcome of infection.

Megan joined the Harding group as a postdoc in January 2020. She is currently interested in how Toxoplasma gondii acquires iron from its host, and how gene expression in the parasite changes in response to local iron concentration

Clare Harding

Clare completed her PhD in microbiology at Imperial College London before moving to the University of Glasgow as a postdoc in the lab of Markus Messiner. Here she began work on the parasite cytoskeleton, specifically the protein-rivets that join disparate elements of the cell together. After two years and gaining a Sir Henry Wellcome fellowship, she moved to the Whitehead Institute at MIT under the guidance of Sebastian Lourido. While there, Clare learned a number of valuable technical skills and was able to indulge her love of microscopy.

In 2019 Clare was awarded a Sir Henry Dale fellowship to allow her to move back to the University of Glasgow, and the Wellcome center, to start her own group, focusing on the parasite’s use of iron.

Previous Lab Members

Dana Aghabi
Research Technician

Dana has a strong interest in molecular parasitology and joined the Harding Lab as a research technician in January 2020 – August 2021. She is currently a PhD student at Glasgow University