Matt Hutchings

Professor of Molecular Microbiology at UEA


Elaine Patrick. NERC-funded research assistant working on antibiotic use in leafcutter ants. Elaine maintains the captive leafuctter ant colonies and is an expert molecular biologist.


Nicolle Som. BBSRC-funded postdoc working on the MtrA response regulator which coordinates sporulation with antibiotic production in Streptomyces bacteria.


Neil Holmes. NERC-funded postdoc working on chemical warfare in leafcutter ant nests with co-I Prof Barrie Wilkinson at the John Innes Centre.


Jake Newitt. BBSRC-funded PhD student developing methods to image Streptomyces bacteria inside plant roots.


Lucas Balis. Masters student studying the interactions of archaea and Streptomyces bacteria inside plant roots. He will join full time as a BBSRC-funded PhD student in October 2018.


Rachel Meadows. MRes student working on MtrA regulation in the talented antibiotic-producing strain Streptomyces formicae.


Here is a list of all the talented young scientists that have worked here and moved on

Eleni Vikelli. BBSRC-funded PhD student working on novel antibiotics made by Saccharopolyspora species isolated from fungus-growing ant nests. Based at the John Innes Centre with co-supervisor Prof Barrie Wilkinson.


Rebecca Devine. BBSRC-funded PhD student using CRISPR/Cas9 to discover novel antibiotics from the talented strain Streptomyces formicae. Co-supervised with Prof Barrie Wilkinson.


Sarah Worsley. NERC-funded PhD student working on the interactions of actinomycete bacteria with leafcutter ants and plant roots.


Sam Prudence. NERC-funded PhD student working on the role of type VII secretion in Streptomyces-plant root interactions. In collaboration with Prof Tracy Palmer


Tom McLean. BBSRC-funded PhD student undertaking a global anaylsis of two-component signal transduction networks in Streptomyces venezuelae. Co-supervised with Prof Barrie Wilkinson.


Rick Lammerts. Erasmus student using bioinformatics to genome mine ant-associated actinomycete strains for novel biosynthetic gene clusters.


Jacob Hamilton. BBSRC-funded PhD student starting in October 2018 to work on chemical warfare in leafcutter ant nests. Co-supervised with Prof Barrie Wilkinson.