Andrew Fenton

Background: I was born and raised in a little village called Awsworth in Nottinghamshire, UK. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Nottingham, graduating with a degree in Biochemistry and Genetics.

My interest and very kind tutor kept me in Nottingham where I completed a PhD in Prof. Liz Sockett’s lab in 2010, working on the growth and developmental processes of the predatory bacteria Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus. This work focused around understanding the gross developmental programs and lifestyle of this remarkable organism.

During my first Post-Doc I worked mainly on the actin-like cytoskeletal protein: MreB, in E. coli, under the supervision of Prof. Kenn Gerdes. This work focused on an essential protein interaction between the elongation and division machineries in bacteria, but also included work on cell division proteins as a whole.

My current work: I was pleased to be offered a position as a joint Post-doc in the Rudner/Bernhardt lab’s and have been here since June 2013. Primarily, I study the cell wall biogenesis pathways in human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae.