Italian newspaper article about paper published, in Scientific Reports 7

Antimicrobial Nanoplexes meet Model Bacterial Membranes: the key role of Cardiolipin” published in Scientific Reports 7, article 41242, Jan 2017,  first author Dr. Alejandro Marin-Menendez. The article is open access, it can be  freely accessed by anyone.  please use the link to view and enjoy.  To see related Italian newspaper article featuring the paper please click here Corriere_fiorentino_10feb2017pag9

Amalia Ruiz visits The Spanish Institute Vicente Canada Blanch in London for a outreach event, 26th April 2017

On Wednesday 26th April, Native Scientists (Amalia is part of the group) in partnership with the Embassy of Spain in London (FECYT) visited the Spanish Institute Vicente Cañada Blanch in London. During the workshop, 7-8 year old pupils learned interesting facts about bacteria and how to wash their hands in order to prevent the spreading of infections. Around 35 pupils modelled their own bacteria cell using silk clay and maize and had a lot of fun too.

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New partners join the grant – Tecrea Ltd. and Kuecept Ltd.

We are delighted to announce that Kuecept Ltd. and Tecrea Ltd. have joined the DNATRAP family in Jan 2017.  Their expertise will ensure the continuation of the work already started by the existing partners.

We held a New Partners meeting on the 21st February 2017.

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Melanie Vargas, Dr Amalia Ruiz, Professor Michael McArthur, Dr Chris Morris, Dr Grant Wheeler, Dr Liam Good.

To find out more about them please visit their websites.

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Science Day Success – Sunday 30th October 2016

The UEA team, Dr Chris Morris, Dr Kostas Hatzixanthis, Dr Leo Sitia, Dr Amalia Ruiz and helpers Marianna Hatzixanthi, Liam Morris, Theo Hatzixanthis, and Chama Suwanchomphoo, had a very successful day at the Norwich Science Festival on Sunday the 30th October in the Forum.

They ran a stall where children (and interested adults), could make a model of a bacterial cell to take home.  They were also showing the importance of good hand washing using UV light boxes to explain germ transfer.  Lastly the stall presented posters explaining element of the grant’s work, such as nanoparticles, antibacterial resistance and information about bacteria. We estimate that approx. 200 children made a bacterial cell to take home, and many more engaged with our scientists.  A truly enjoyable day for everyone!!






Dr Leo Sitia attends IMI Translocation – “Novel approaches to fight bacteria” workshop in Bremen July 2016

July 2016: A workshop on “Novel approaches to fight bacteria” has been successfully carried out from 10th to 14th of July 2016 at Jacobs-University in Bremen, by IMI translocation (innovative medicines initiative). For further information please see

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DNA-TRAP scientist visit Taverham High School to talk about antibiotic resistance on 24th Feb 2016.

“Dear Leo,

Thanks again for your fantastic talk this afternoon. I have spoken to some of the students who came and they have all said how much they enjoyed it. I, too found it fascinating.

Please extend my gratitude to your colleagues.

Best of luck with all your research,”

Dr Cormack – Taverham High School

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Dr Leo Sitia, Melania Giorgetti, Katy Saide, and Phil Wright attended Taverham High School.



25th September 2015 – European Researchers night in Torino

Torino European Researchers night 25th sept 2015Ana Gonzalez explaining some of the highlights of the DNA-TRAP project at the European Researcher’s night. As the sun went down many torinese people went out to enjoy an amazing night!

The night of the 25th september 2015, the Nanovector team took part of the European initiative “European Researcher’s Night” which took place in the Palace Square in Turin and where they had the chance to share with people the DNA-TRAP project and motivate the rational use of antibiotics.

Dr Leo Sitia and Dr Angels Ruyra and Dr Patrizia Floris attend Nano World Cancer Day 2nd Feb 2016

Dr Leo Sitia, Dr Angels Ruyra and Dr Patrizia Floris kept up to date with new development in the world of nano-medicine, at the Nano World Cancer Day, at Liverpool University in London on 2nd feb 2016.

For more details on the event see this link

Dr Chris Morris and Dr Leo Sitia to vist Wisbech Gramma School and talk about antibiotic resistance Wed 20th Jan 2016

Dr Chri Morris and Dr Leo Sitia will visit Wisbech Gramma School on Wednesday 20th Jan 2016 to give a talk on antibiotic resistance to 16-18 year olds.

the following feedback was received;

Just to let you know Chris and his colleague arrived safely! The talk was really interesting – pupils were very engaged and interested. We had a good crowd of about 35 pupils which was excellent.

Thank you so much for organising this. Our Head of Science, is keen to bring a group of able biologists to UEA to look around the research facilities – he discussed it with Chris who said he would be happy to accommodate them.

Many thanks again – looking forward to the next talk. Best wishes

Jane  Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Wisbech Grammar School