Alyssa McVey

Alyssa McVey is from Chicago, IL, USA. In 2012, she completed a Bachelor's degree in Biology with honours from Augustana College, during which she completed an internship in Sydney, Australia on biodiversity conservation research. She completed a Master’s of Science in Pharmacognosy with Distinction from University College London School of Pharmacy in 2013, where she explored the medicinal potential of bioactive natural compounds. During the degree, she gravitated towards research in antimicrobial drug discovery and completed her dissertation project on the expression and dispersal of virulence factors in clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the evaluation of the potential of natural product-based compounds as resistance modifying agents.

Along with her education, her experience in industry, where she worked in research and development in carbohydrate chemistry has motivated her to pursue research at the doctorate level. She is a PhD student in Dr. Martin Welch's lab at the University of Cambridge and is a part of an INTEGRATE project, working on the characterisation and evaluation of the glyoxylate shunt as a target for antibacterial intervention in Gram-negative bacteria.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska Curie grant agreement No  642620
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