Meet the Team

Annalisa is a PhD student at the John Innes Centre. While dreaming of travelling around the world on a bike, she investigates how systemic calcium signals propagates from one cell to another. 
Annalisa believes that every student holds an enormous potential and that support the development of it is the key to international development. With ssDNAfrica she aims to bring opportunities and encourage the young minds of today to flourish in the extraordinary scientists of tomorrow.

Annalisa Bellandi

Annalisa is a PhD student at the John Innes Centre. While dreaming of travelling around the world on a bike, she investigates how systemic calcium signals propagates from one cell to another. Annalisa believes that every student holds an enormous potential and that support the development of it is the key to international development. With ssDNAfrica she aims to bring opportunities and encourage the young minds of today to flourish in the extraordinary scientists of tomorrow.

Ana Bermejo Martinez

Ana Bermejo Martinez is a University of East Anglia based PhD student. She is funded by the BBSRC to research the most important topic in the world: the smell of the sea side! Ana has itchy feet and craves traveling around the world but more importantly, she believes that Science is a powerful tool to make the world a bit better. ssDNAfrica is to her the beginning of great changes, and a mean to empower enthusiastic students like her from the amazing continent which is Africa.
Isabel is a PhD student at the John Innes Centre working on antibiotic resistance. Apart from messing around with bacteria, she is keen on music, books and travelling. Next year, she will be visiting Pwani University to help with capacity building for undergraduates, and especially focusing on female students. Her intention is to deliver workshops and to train other students to do it themselves, to improve key soft skills in scientific careers, such as academic writing or presenting science.

Isabel Diez Santos

Isabel is a PhD student at the John Innes Centre working on antibiotic resistance. Apart from messing around with bacteria, she is keen on music, books and travelling. Next year, she will be visiting Pwani University to help with capacity building for undergraduates, and especially focusing on female students. Her intention is to deliver workshops and to train other students to do it themselves, to improve key soft skills in scientific careers, such as academic writing or presenting science.
Alice Dore is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia, using fruit flies as a model organism to study how animals monitor and respond to their social environment. Alice is passionate about bringing together science and international development in projects that can make a positive difference in the world.

Alice Dore

Alice Dore is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia, using fruit flies as a model organism to study how animals monitor and respond to their social environment. Alice is passionate about bringing together science and international development in projects that can make a positive difference in the world.
Jacob Scadden is a PhD student based at the Quadram Institute, Norwich. His PhD involves investigating the regulation of novel antimicrobial peptides that can influence human gut bacteria. Jacob has a passion for spreading science and stressing the importance of critical thinking in all aspects of life. ssDNAfrica provides a fantastic platform for developing future scientific talent in exciting parts of the world.

Jacob Scadden

Jacob Scadden is a PhD student based at the Quadram Institute, Norwich. His PhD involves investigating the regulation of novel antimicrobial peptides that can influence human gut bacteria. Jacob has a passion for spreading science and stressing the importance of critical thinking in all aspects of life. ssDNAfrica provides a fantastic platform for developing future scientific talent in exciting parts of the world.

Past members

Jade Doughty

Jade is a PhD student at the John Innes Centre researching the temperature-regulated expression of a lncRNA in a model plant. Her research is very fundamental but she is also interested in the applied side of plant sciences particularly how agricultural improvement can best lead to international development. Training the future generation of scientists with ssDNAfrica is an exciting position to be in!

Valeria Gabrielli

Valeria is a PhD student in the University of East Anglia – school of Pharmacy. Her field of research is development of new plant-based material and fundamental understanding of its properties with a powerful and complicated instrument called Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Valeria is a keen learner, but she is even more keen in sharing what she learns. She still believes in equal opportunity around the globe; hopefully ssDNAfrica will make part of her dream come true!