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Dr Alexia Hapeshi

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Senior Research Fellow
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Research Interests

I am interested in the adaptations that enable pathogenic bacteria to thrive in a host; this may include mechanisms of nutrient acquisition or immune evasion but also dedicated virulence factors. I am currently studying how members of the entomopathogenic genus Photorhabdus have evolved to be human as well as insect pathogens.


I obtained BA(Hons) and MSci degrees in Natural Sciences - Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2009. It was during the last stages of my undergraduate course that I became interested in Microbiology. In particular, I conducted a project in Prof George Salmond's lab on the regulation of secondary metabolism in Serratia and decided I wanted to continue work on bacteriology. Later on, I moved to the University of Edinburgh to do a PhD in Prof Jose Vazquez-Boland lab, studying virulence determinants of the pathogenic actinomycete Rhodococcus equi and the interaction between the pathogen and its host. I completed my thesis in 2013 and have since moved to Warwick to work together with Dr Nick Waterfield.