Lab Members

Lab picture October 2021

Dana Aghabi
PhD student

Dana initially joined the Harding Lab as a research technician in January 2020 – August 2021. She triumphantly returned in June 2022 as a Wellcome-funded PhD student. Her work will focus on understanding iron transporters, both in the parasite and in host cells.


Cecilia Gallego Rubio

Cecilia Gallego Rubio
Research Technician





Megan Sloan
Early Career Research Fellow

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

Grace Gill
Current PhD student in the lab of Richard McCulloch

After a year as a technician in the Harding lab, Grace moved down the hall to start a PhD with Richard McCulloch in August 2022. We will miss her, but at least she is not moving far!