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Meet the team

Scientific Steering Committee


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Philip Butcher

Professor of Molecular Medical Microbiology at St George’s. His work focusses on the molecular pathogenesis of tuberculosis (TB) and the use of genomics to facilitate the development of new drugs and diagnostics for TB. Since 1999 Professor Butcher has been the Principal Investigator on the BmG@S project, a multi-collaborative microbial pathogen functional genomics resource, originally supported by The Wellcome Trust.


David Livermore

David Livermore

David Livermore gained his BSc in 1978 and his PhD in 1983. He headed Public Health England’s antibiotic laboratory from 1997-2011. Subsequently he became Prof. of Medical Microbiology at the University of East Anglia, and PHE’s lead on Antibiotic Resistance. He has broad interests on the mechanisms, epidemiology and rapid detection of antibiotic resistance.


Catherine Lowndes

Catherine Lowndes

Consultant Scientist (Epidemiology) at Public Health England HIV/STI department.


Maryam Shahmanesh

Maryam Shahmanesh

Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV research and an Honorary Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine at the Mortimer Market Centre. After graduating in Medicine (Cambridge University), she completed her specialist training in Sexual health and HIV medicine (London). Her academic training, which has complemented her clinical training, includes a degree in Social and Political Science (Cambridge University), a Masters in Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology (University College London).