Dr Beth Lawry

Research Associate

I am a research associate based mainly in the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, Newcastle University. My project involves using a novel bioinformatics system to generate microbial biomarkers and specific monoclonal antibodies. These biomarkers could be used for point of care diagnostics, epidemiological studies and therapeutics. I work with pathogenic bacteria including C. difficile, MRSA, N. gonorrhoeae, P. aeruginosa, E.coli. The techniques I use include:
Western blot
Antibody production and purification
Immunofluorescence microscopy
Recombinant protein production
Protein purification
Flow cytometry
Cell culture
Lateral flow strips
Transmission electron microscopy
Microscale thermophoresis
Bioinformatics techniques, especially protein localisation tools

Since my project is multi-disciplinary, I have the advantage of experience in working in mixed teams, communicating to a wide variety of specialists and I have acquired a broad range of skills. The end goal of the project is to form a spin-out company that will provide the unique biomarkers and/or the recognition molecules to the customers, dependent on the customers needs.

Research Interests

  • Molecular biology
  • Microbiology
  • Biosensors
  • Biomarkers
  • Cell surface proteins