Androulla Efstratiou was awarded a doctorate, PhD, in medical microbiology by the University of London in 1987 and appointed to the post of Senior Microbiologist in 1989 to the then Public Health Laboratory Service. In 1994, was appointed Head of the National Streptococcus Reference Laboratory and in June 1998 officially appointed as Head of the newly designated WHO Global Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Diphtheria and Streptococcal Infections.
Androulla is currently a Consultant Healthcare Scientist within the Health Protection Agency Microbiology Services Division within which these laboratories are situated. She was awarded a Visiting Professorship at Imperial College Faculty of medicine in June 2012.
Appointments also include WHO Adviser/Consultant on diphtheria and streptococcal infections, project leader for various national and international projects on group A and group B streptococcal infections, project leader for the European Diphtheria programmes, President of the XVIII Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases and the HPA/UK European Public Health Microbiology Programme Supervisor.
Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, London
Marina Morgan, Consultant Microbiologist,
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital NHS Trust
Marina Morgan is a consultant medical microbiologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Heavitree, Exeter. Marina is also an Honorary Fellow at Exeter University Dept of Biological Sciences. She qualified in Liverpool in 1985 and was appointed consultant medical microbiologist at Exeter PHLS in 1995. Her special interests include severe sepsis- particularly necrotising tissue infections, and gas gangrene; streptococcal proctitis and vaginitis; zoonoses and biofilm related infections in prosthetic joints.
Shiranee Sriskandan is Professor and Honorary Consultant in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London based at Hammersmith Hospital. She leads the Gram Positive Molecular Pathogenesis Group, who are researching the ways in which the group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes) causes severe invasive disease and toxic shock. They are particularly interested in the toxins which are made by the group A strep during illnesses like Necrotising Fasciitis, and in developing techniques of improving treatment for this particularly devastating infection.
Professor & Honorary Consultant,
Imperial College, London