Eliza obtained a first class BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Sunderland in 2004 and continued further her studies with an MRes in Bioinformatics at University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In September 2005 she was awarded a 3 year studentship from University of Aberdeen to join Aberdeen Fungal Group (AFG) for a PhD in Molecular Biology, completed 2008. Her PhD project combined bioinformatics with laboratory-based experimentation to study the evolution of stress responses in fungal kingdom. After the completion of her PhD studies, Eliza worked for 5 years as a Clinical Biologist in the Microbiology/Hematology and Molecular Biology departments of “MEDISYN, Cooperative of Laboratory Medical Doctors”, diagnostic institute in Athens, Greece. In January 2015, Eliza joined the Professional Services team of Liverpool University, Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology (CIMI) as a Core Laboratory Technician. During this time she also worked alongside Paxton and Pollakis Group investigating viral and host factors associated with HIV-1 transmission and disease progression.
Eliza has been a member of the Respiratory Infection Group since February 2016 and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the team. She currently leads the microbiology site of the Experimental Human Pneumococcal Challenge (EHPC) infection programme. Her work focusing on expanding the pneumococcal research into the molecular epidemiology of natural carriage and infection.
Her research aims to:
1. Optimize novel non-invasive sampling methodologies in adults and children to study bacterial carriage and transmission
2. Study the epidemiology and antimicrobial potential of natural circulating pneumococcal strains and their transmission in community
3. Find alternative treatments to vaccines against pneumococcal diseases such as nasal probiotics
Director’s Catalyst Fund, LSTM & Wellcome Trust (2020)
Establishment of home sampling as a surveillance tool for understanding the role of the human oral and nasal microbiota in respiratory disease
Jean Clayton Fund Award, LSTM (2017)
Investigating the association of colonisation, fitness and AMR potential of commensal circulating pneumococcal strains in Liverpool
Her educational research interests focus on exploring the impact of internalization to the educational goals of UK universities. She currently teaches on LSTM TROP975 Medical Bacteriology and TROP938 Current Clinical Challenges in Tropical Medicine and acts as project supervisor at the LIFE363 BSc (Hons) Tropical Disease, University of Liverpool.
European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Royal Society of Biology
Fellow: UK Higher Education Academy
Communication officer of the LSTM Early-mid Career Research (ECR) Committee