Florey Institute PGR Symposium: Programme
The final programme for the Third Annual Florey Institute PGR Symposium will include the following invited speakers.
Dr Suzan Roijakkers
Infection and Immunity Center Utrecht, Netherlands
The complement system is an important arm of our innate immune response. Complement factors circulate in our plasma in an inactive form, but are rapidly activated upon contact with invading microorganisms or altered self-surfaces. Suzan's research focuses on the molecular interactions between bacterial pathogens and the human complement system. This not only includes how complement labels and kills bacteria but also how bacterial pathogens evade complement.
Dr Neil Stokes
RedX Pharma, Alderley Park, Macclesfield
Neil has over 10 years' experience in anti-infective drug discovery in the biotechnology industry. At Redx, Neil leads a department of scientists researching new small molecule therapeutics for drug resistant bacterial and viral infections. Redx has generated a pipeline of programs that seek to address drug resistance, pursuing both broad and narrow spectrum approaches against Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms.
Dr Hasan Yesilkaya
Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester
Hasan studies the link between microbial metabolism and virulence, with a particular emphasis on the regulation of sugar metabolism in Streptococcus pneumoniae and the
pneumococcal mechanisms involved in acquisition of host sugars. His research interests also include the study of pathways involved in microbial oxidative stress resistance. This includes characterising enzymes that have a role in the detoxification of reactive oxygen species and understanding the regulation of oxidative stress resistance in bacteria.