In 2020, Marwa joined Prof. Roberto La Ragione group to work on developing novel diagnostics for rapid detection of AMR for zoonotic diseases and understand the spread of AMR in the environment.
She did her first postdoctoral research at School of Life Sciences, Warwick University, where she worked on developing an ex-vivo lung model for diagnostics and understanding antimicrobial tolerance in single and polymicrobial biofilm infections of cystic fibrosis.
Before moving to the UK, she obtained her PhD from The University of Queensland, Australia, where she developed different culture-independent diagnostic platforms for the direct real-time detection of bacterial sepsis using qPCR, MinION sequencing and MALDI-TOF. Marwa also worked on bacterial persistence and understanding its role in recurrent infections from a single-cell perspective.
During her Master's, she developed a simple colorimetric gold nanoparticles-based assay for the detection of TB. She also worked as a lead researcher on a diverse range of molecular biology techniques to characterise hepatitis C virus, Gram-positive and Gram-negative clinical isolates phenotypically and genotypically.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- SVM ECR representative
- FHMS ECR representative
Affiliations and memberships
I am interested in bacterial pathogenesis, AMR, diagnostics, single cell microbiology and biofilm infections.
I am also interested in science communication, teaching and currently a champion for the Microbiology Society.