We are currently recruiting a postdoc to work on a very exciting project on the causes and consequences of immunosuppression by anti-CRISPR phages! This is a 3.5 year project in collaboration with  the Pagliara lab at the Streatham campus. You can find the full job description here:

If you’re interested please feel free to contact me (!

Royal Cornwall Show

From the 6th-8th of June, we were active at the Royal Cornwall Show with an activity stand teaching families about bacteria, phages, and antibiotic resistance.

David and Ellie teamed up with the Westra lab to talk to countless children and their parents over these three days and got them enthusiastic about bacteria, bringing across why antibiotic resistance is a problem and what else we can do against resistant infections. The visitors to the stall enjoyed emptying different beads from petri dishes, and younger kids got creative making their own play-doh bacteria and phage!

CRISPR Ecology and Evolution Meeting


Don’t miss our upcoming CRISPR Ecology and Evolution meeting in London, organised together with the Royal Society! Registration is free!

This meeting will take place 18-19 February 2019 and will focus on the evolutionary ecology of CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune systems of prokaryotes, and their applications for ecological engineering including the associated ethical and policy considerations. This meeting will bring together scientists from diverse disciplines and act as a platform to discuss outstanding evolutionary and ecological questions in the field of CRISPR-Cas.

More information on registration and abstract submission can be found here:

Hope to see you there!

The organising committee,

Dr Edze Westra, Dr Rachel Whitaker, Dr Sylvain Gandon & Dr Stineke van Houte

July 2018 – AccessLab

David took part in this event, set up by FoAM Kernow in collaboration with NERC and the British Science Association. By pairing researchers with members of the public, AccessLab aims to increase accessibility of research, to introduce members of the public to finding and judging scientific information, as well as to make scientists aware of the limited impact research can have if it is locked behind paywalls or otherwise inaccessible.


December 2017 – The Science of Christmas

In this event held by the University of Exeter, David was one of the scientists presenting their Christmas-themed research to a family audience, aimed at children from 7-12. Comparing CRISPR to elves, Santa’s little helpers, and conjugative plasmid spread to presents being passed around, he themed his presentation around sorting naughty (antibiotic resistant) bacteria from the nice.