Laia Castaño Espriu
BSc (Hons) Human Biology

Close up on hand - medical technicians working on bacteria culture and drug resistance of pathogens in a laboratory.

After graduating from her undergraduate degree in Human Biology, it took Laia just three months to secure a highly competitive, fully funded, four year PhD in Microbiology at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Science.

She developed a passion for working with Actinomycetes, a group of non-pathogenic bacteria responsible for the production of two thirds of all antibiotics currently used in medicine, during her final year of studies at Edge Hill. Antimicrobial resistance is a global health problem, affecting more people than cancer or any other disease. Laia’s research aims to identify new antibiotics, which are essential to the fight against bacterial infections and antimicrobial resistance.

Laia obtained the skills needed to work with microorganisms training with Dr Lorena Fernández-Martínez’s research group during her dissertation. She is now closer than ever to achieving her dream of becoming an internationally recognised researcher in the field of antibiotic discovery.

“I am very happy I had the opportunity to conduct my degree at Edge Hill, acquiring the sufficient experience and competences to be able to start my PhD in Microbiology. I am very thankful to the staff who are always happy to give advice and offer support.”

Laia Castaño Espriu