Rick Maizels' Lab Members

Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr Danielle Smyth

Joined in April 2013, arriving from the Queensland institute of Medical Research to start a project on helminth molecules protecting against inflammatory bowel disease.

Janice Murray, joined in 1996

PhD (2014) and MSc (Distinction) from Edinburgh University. Manages laboratory business and works on venom allergen-like (VAL) proteins from nematode parasites.

Research Assistants and Technicians

Yvonne Harcus, joined in 1997

Diploma in Life Sciences from Edinburgh Napier University. Runs parasite life cycles, and conducts proteomics analyses on Brugia, Nippostrongylus and Toxocara. Also works on novel secreted proteins from Heligmosomoides polygyrus.

Angela Reid, joined in 2005

Provides a wide range of essential laboratory support services.

Elaine Robertson, joined in 2011

BSc from Edinburgh Napier University. Works on parasite life cycles, cultivation and collection of ES products and prevention of allergy.


PhD Students


Chris Johnston, joined 2012

BSc, MBBS (Medicine), Imperial College London. MRCS (Edinburgh) and MRCP (London).  Currently ECAT clinical lecturer in general surgery. Studies effects of helminths on transplant rejection and autoimmunity (co-supervised with Prof Steve Anderton and Prof Stephen Wigmore).

Andrea Kemter, joined 2012

Diploma in Biology (with Distinction) Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn. Works on modulation of dendritic cells by helminth products.

Gillian Coakley, joined 2012

BSc in Immunology from the University of Glasgow, working on secreted helminth microRNAs and their effects on host cells (Co-supervised with Dr Amy Buck).

Xuhang Wu, joined 2013

BSc Veterinary Medicine (2010) and MSc Parasitology (2013) from the College of Veterinary Medicine of Sichuan Agricultural University, China. Works on functional analyses of abundant proteins in Brugia Malayi.

Fumi Varyani

ECAT (Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track) Clinical Research Fellow. Works on models of colitis and macrophage activation (co-supervised with Prof Jack Satsangi)


Senior Fellows and Scientists

David Dresser, Emeritus Scientist, joined in 2001

Formerly at Division of Immunology, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London. Works on control of gene expression of TGF-beta family members.