Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Infectious Disease

Advanced Research Fellow



+44 (0)20 7594 3072t.thurston




2.40Flowers buildingSouth Kensington Campus




Current Members


Ioanna carried out her Mres project with Teresa in 2018 and luckily for us she decided to stay for her PhD. Ioanna obtained an MRC-DTP Studentship to carry out work on the modulation of host immunity by Salmonella


Hazel started her PhD in 2018 having complete her Masters at Imperial College London. She is working closely with the Rittinger Lab (Crick Institute) on the structural and functional characterisation of bacterial effector proteins. 


Cullum joined the Thurston Laboratory in late 2018 as a Research Technician and is funded by Teresa's BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship. He previously carried out a Masters at Imperial College London and before coming back to Imperial he spent time in industry. 

2019 Thurston lab

The Lab in 2019: Teresa, Nur (Mres), Ioanna (PhD), Hazel (PhD), Beth (Bsc), Cullum (RA)

Recent Alumni

BETH - Bsc

Beth joined the Thurston lab for her BSc Immunity and Infection project in spring 2019. She studied host interacting partners of the Salmonella effector SteE. Beth was awarded the “British Society for Immunology Prize” for the highest project mark and also won the Thomas Skurry Prize for the best overall performance in the BSc. Well done Beth! We now wish her luck with the rest of her doctoral studies. 

Enkai - bsc

Enkai joined us for his BSc in Biochemistry. He worked closely with Ioanna, studying point mutations of SteE and gained authorship on a publication for his work. Next, Enkai will begin the Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection MRes here at Imperial. 

Elliott - PhD

Elliott began his PhD in 2014 on the Wellcome Trust PhD programme. His project focused on the structural and functional characterisation of the GtgA family of Salmonella effector proteins, which once delivered into host cells, cleave and inhibit members of the NF-kB transcription family. In 2019, Elliott began a position in the MRC funded technology transfer office called LifeArc. 

Regina - PhD

Regina joined the laboratory of Prof Holden from Germany to undertake her PhD in 2013. However, she was quickly poached by Teresa and together they explored how the SseK family of N-acetyl glucosamine transferases inhibit host cell death and NF-kB activation during macrophage infection. Following a short post-doc in the Thurston laboratory, Regina is now on the job market and comes highly recommended!

Jingkun - BSc

Jingkun completed his BSc in Biochemistry at Imperial College London with first class honours in 2018. During his BSc final year, he worked on understanding the molecular mechanisms of macrophage deactivation induced by Salmonella Typhimurium. Jingkun was awarded the Gabriel Ferez Prize for the best final year project in Biochemistry or Biotechnology at Imperial College London. In September 2018, Jingkun joined the Francis Crick Institute as a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. John Diffley. 

The Thurston Lab in 2018

The Lab in 2018: Jingkun (Bsc), Elliott (PhD), Teresa, Regina (postdoc), Ioanna (Mres)