Clarissa Melo Czekster – Group Leader

I am from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where I went to college to obtain a BSc in Molecular Biology (2001-2004), a teaching degree in Biological Sciences (2003-2005), and an MSc in Biochemistry (2006-2008) at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). I moved to New York city for a PhD in enzymology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with John S. Blanchard (2008-2012). After my PhD I went to Yale University to join Alanna Schepartz’s laboratory as a postdoc, working with beta-amino acids and the ribosome (2012-2014). I moved to the UK as a postdoc in Jim Naismith’s group at the University of St Andrews (2015-2017), where I worked with toxic cyclic peptides from mushroom and cyanobacteria.

Since 2017 I have been an independent research fellow in St Andrews, and in 2018 I was awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust to establish my lab in St Andrews.

Clarissa Czekster on Google Scholar


Christopher J. Harding – Postdoctoral fellow

I am  from Preston, where I grew up before moving to Birmingham to obtain an MSci in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham (2010-2014). I stayed on at the University of Birmingham for my PhD (2014-2018), where I worked in the laboratory of Dr Andrew Lovering. My PhD, titled “Structural and Functional Investigations of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus Lifecycle Proteins” involved characterising a number of unrelated protein targets. I have now moved to the University of St. Andrews to begin my first Postdoc position in the laboratory of Dr Clarissa M Czekster