Group members

DSC_0932_01 (10)Prof Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern

Head of Group

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Marjorie Gibbon

Research Associate (2020-)

Project title: Building an Early Warning System for community-wide infectious disease spread: SARS-CoV-2 tracking in Africa via environment fingerprinting

Project No: EP/V028499/1

Funder: UK Research and Innovation, Global Challenges Research Fund

Dr Like Xu

Research Associate (2020-)

Project tile: Assessment of human exposure to antibiotics from environmental and therapeutic sources via water fingerprinting

Funder: Medical Research Council

Project No: MR/S013717/1

Project website: Strategies to reduce the burden of Antibiotic Resistance in China

Like is currently working on a collaborative UK-China AMR Research Programme with Fudan University. She is looking at the indicators of antimicrobial agents and antimicrobial resistance via urban water profiling with state-of-the-art hyphenated chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques and qPCR technology. Like has finished her PhD in Environmental Engineering at University Colleague London in February 2020. Her PhD research focused on the removal of antibiotics, the behaviour of antibiotic resistance genes and the association with bacterial community during drinking water biofiltration system.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is peter-daso.pngDr Adegbenro Peter Daso

Research Associate in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry (2020-)

Project tile: UKWIR CIP3 Antimicrobial Resistance Project

Funder: UK Water Industry Research Limited

Project No:  07478

Dr Daso is an experienced environmental analytical chemist. In 2012, he obtained his doctoral degree in Environmental Health from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa where he provided important background information on the environmental levels of a number of brominated flame retardants in the region. His research is primarily focused on the development and validation of analytical methods for environmental monitoring of persistent organic pollutants in the environment using advanced mass spectrometric techniques. Currently, Dr Daso is working on a project sponsored by UK Water Industry Research that is focused on antimicrobial resistance. The project, which is coordinated by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, aims to provide insights on the fate of antibiotics as well as identifying the key chemical and physical drivers of antimicrobial resistance during wastewater treatment processes.

DSC_0109_1aDr Kathryn Proctor

Research Associate (2019-)

Project tile: GREENER: InteGRated systems for Effective ENvironmEntal Remediation

Funder: European Commission

Project No: Grant agreement ID: 826312

Project website: GREENER

photo1Dr Kishore Jagadeesan

Research Associate (2018-)

Funder: Wessex Water and Engineering and Physical Sciences research Council
Projects: Wastewater fingerprinting for public health assessment

Kishore is working as a Post-doctoral Research Associate with his research focus on wastewater fingerprinting for public health assessment. He has a BSc Chemistry from PSG College of Arts of Science, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India, and a MSc Analytical Chemistry from Madras University, India.
On completion of his studies he worked at the National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, India as a project assistant in a project for the development of paper-based sensors for cardiac and cancer biomarkers. Later, he joined the Lund University, Sweden as a Maire Curie Early Stage Researcher (PEPMIP ITN project), where he completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Simon Ekström and Prof Thomas Laurell. His PhD research focused on the development of high-throughput methods for validating polymeric affinity materials using mass spectrometry and data analysis.


PhD Students

Nicola Ceolotto

PhD student (2020-2024)

Project title: Medicinal products in the environment: novel strategies reducing environmental exposure

Funder: Wessex Water and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

IMG-20200921-WA0001crop (002)Emma Robertson

PhD student (2020-2024)

Project title: Speciation of emerging contaminants in wetland systems

Funder: Natural Environment Research Council

Emma has a background in Earth Science with a focus on freshwater research. She has a BSc in Environmental Earth Science from Aberystwyth University and MSc in Geochemistry from the University of St Andrews

James Boxall-Clasby

PhD student (2019-2022)

Project title: Monitoring community health through wastewater based epidemiology: new analytical framework and technological approaches toward community infectious disease diagnostics

Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

FE_PictureFelicity Caroline Tomiko Elder

PhD student (2016-2021)

Project title: Fate of antibiotics in urban water cycle and its impacts upon the evolution of antimicrobial resistance

Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Astra Zeneca

Prior to commencing her PhD at the University of Bath Felicity completed her BSc in Medical Microbiology at the University of Bristol and MSc in Biomedical Science at the University of the West of England. On completion of her studies she worked at the Regional Antimicrobial Reference Laboratory in Bristol as a research assistant on a number of different projects including antimicrobial resistance studies and LC-MS/MS assay development before embarking on her PhD at the University of Bath. Felicity’s research interests have focused on understanding antimicrobial resistance throughout her studies, with a shift now towards understanding how the stereochemistry of antibiotics influences that fate of antibiotics in the environment and development of antimicrobial resistance through utilising a combination of analytical chemistry and microbiology techniques.

IMG_2976aElizabeth Holton

PhD student (2017-2021)

Project title: Development of diagnostic tools to measure indicators of disease and antimicrobial resistance via urban water profiling

Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences research Council

Project: Developing Resilient Nations – Towards a Public Heath Early Warning System via Urban Water Profiling (ReNEW) EP/P028403/1

Undergraduate Masters in Chemistry, from Loughborough University

Areas of focus: LC-MS/MS, antimicrobial resistance and infectious disease biomarkers, usage/distribution of antibiotics, antibiotic stereochemistry and relative enantiomeric activity

Andy1 (2)Andrew Kannan

PhD student (2017-2021)

Project title: New diagnostic tools in water fingerprinting for public and environmental health assessment

Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences research Council

Project: ENTRUST: Wastewater fingerprinting for public health assessment

DSC_2477Daniel Kibbey

PhD Student (2018-22)

Project title: Stereochemistry of antimicrobial agents in the environment and the development of antimicrobial resistance

Funder: Natural Environment Research Council

Project No: NE/R008094/1

Daniel is a NERC Industrial CASE PhD student. Working in conjuction with Wessex Water, he aims to combine the use of state-of-the-art bio-analytical techniques, chemical synthesis and microbiology to understand the role of stereochemistry in the environmental fate and biological impact of antimicrobial agents in the urban water cycle, and their subsequent influence on the evolution of antimicrobial resistance. ​

0075_CH_SCT_SIMS_NNatalie Sims

PhD student (2017-2020)

Project title: Medicinal Products in the Environment: novel strategies reducing environmental exposure

Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Wessex Water

26972496_10155236902428297_2110769029_o1Rawiwan Wattanayon

PhD student (2017-2021)

Project title: Tackling global challenges – a new framework towards effect-directed analysis to assess freshwater quality

Funder: The Royal Thai Embassy

Rawi is working at Princess of Naradhiwas University, Thailand. Her research interests focus on environmental pollution. Her current research explores fate and effects of antifungal agents in the context of environmental and public health.


Undergraduate students

Eric Pinto

(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (2019-20)

Kathie Coverley Naylor

MChem student, Chemistry with Study Year Abroad (2019-20)

Joseph Tulley

BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (2019-20)

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