(The lab circa Nov 2019 – missing Atreyee!)



Karrera Djoko [CV]

Karrera completed a BS in Chemistry at PennState University (USA) in 2004 and went on to obtain a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Melbourne and Bio21 Institute (Australia) in 2009. After a long (8.5 years!) postdoctoral period at the University of Queensland and Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre (Australia), including a brief stint as a visiting fellow at Emory University (USA) in 2015, Karrera moved to Durham University (UK) in 2017 to establish her own research group.



Jack Bolton

Jack is a PhD student, funded by the BBSRC Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham Doctoral Training Partneship. He is co-supervised by Dr Kevin Waldron (Newcastle University). Jack studies the role of Cu-dependent enzymes in denitrification and microaerobic respiration by pathogenic Neisseria.




Samantha Firth

Sam is a PhD student, funded by the BBSRC Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham Doctoral Training Partnership. She is co-supervised by Dr Kevin Waldron (Newcastle University). Sam studies trafficking of nutrient copper in the periplasm of pathogenic Neisseria.




Atreyee Mishra

Atreyee is a PhD student, funded by Durham University Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training. She is jointly supervised by Dr. James Walton (Durham Chemistry). Atreyee designs and synthesises copper complexes, and studies their potential as antimicrobial resistance breakers.




Louisa Stewart

Louisa is a PDRA, funded by the a Wellcome Trust Seed Award. Louisa worked with Dr Kevin Waldron (Newcastle University) during her PhD to study the Cu storage protein, Csp, from N. gonorrhoeae. She has now switched to Zn and is currently investigating the role of human antimicrobial peptides in nutritional immunity.



Denis Thaqi

Denis is a PhD student at the University of Queensland (Australia) co-supervised by Prof. Bostjan Kobe, Prof. Alastair McEwan, and Dr Zhen Luo. Denis is investigating the biochemical properties of a copper chaperone that is critical for anaerobic respiration in pathogenic Neisseria.


Join us! Talk to Karrera about possible MBiol, MSci, and MRes projects at Durham University. Students interested in using chemical and biochemical approaches to solve puzzles in microbiology and infectious diseases are particularly encouraged to contact us. Opportunities for PhD studentships will be advertised as they become available.


Daniel Owen (2019)

Daniel was a Level 2 undergraduate Biomedical Science student at Durham. He spent 6.5 weeks in the Djoko lab in summer 2019 to examine periplasmic Cu trafficking in pathogenic Neisseria. Daniel was funded by a Microbiology Society Harry Smith Vacation Studentship. Daniel went on to complete the final year of his degree at Durham.

Rebecca Chiu (2017)

Rebecca was a final year undergraduate Biomedical Science student at Durham and a Research Project student in the Djoko lab. She was co-supervised by Dr Peter Chivers and Dr David Weinkove. For 5 weeks she investigated sources of endogenous formaldehyde production in Escherichia coli. Rebecca went on to complete a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, USA.