I am a Post-Doctoral Research scientist working on an EIT funded project. Focus of my current research is to develope microbes and anaerobic microbial processes using marine microalgae feedstock for identification and production of health-promoting bioactive ingredients.
I did my Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham. During that time, I have investigated the pathogenesis of trauma associated fungal infections such as Mucorales, Scedosporium and Fusarium spp. and characterised two novel treatments for such infections (acetic acid and blue light). I have been establishing a novel skin model to study fungal interactions with host epithelia. Also, I have been investigating Scedosporium and Lomentospora spp. interaction with macrophages (murine cell line J774A.1, iPSC-derived macrophages, human monocytes derived macrophages HMDMs).
Trzaska WJ, Wrigley HE, Thwaite JE, May RC. Species-specific antifungal activity of blue light. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):4605. Published 2017 Jul 4. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-05000-0
Trzaska WJ, Correia JN, Villegas MT, May RC, Voelz K. pH manipulation as a novel strategy for treating mucormycosis. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2015;59(11):6968–6974. doi:10.1128/AAC.01366-15