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, where she specialised in streptococcal infections and vaccine preventable disease, focusing on diphtheria. In June 1998 to the present day, she was officially appointed as Director of the newly designated WHO Global Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Diphtheria and Streptococcal Infections.
Androulla is currently a Consultant Public Health Microbiologist within the National Infection service at Public Health England, where the WHO Collaborating Centre is situated. She was awarded a Visiting Professorship at Imperial College Faculty of Medicine in June 2012; Adjunct Professor at the European University School of Medicine, Cyprus (since 2018) and most recently Visiting Professor to the University of Cyprus Medical School. Other appointments also include WHO Adviser/Consultant on diphtheria and streptococcal infections, project leader for various national and international projects on streptococcal infections, project leader for the European Diphtheria programmes, Past President of the XVIII Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci Streptococcal Diseases and the PHE European Public Health Microbiology Fellowship 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 and Hon Senior Lecturer, Exeter University Medical School. Her special interests include severe exotoxins – related infections – particularly necrotising tissue infections, such as necrotising fasciitis and Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
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