news

13th July 2022

Chris has been accepted into the stp programme!

We are beyond thrilled and so proud of our very own Chris Donaldson on being accepted on to the NHS Scientist Training Programme in Clinical Microbiology! He has excelled in the lab and we know he will do absolutely amazing in his new role at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Chris said:

" I am incredibly excited to start a new role in the NHS, where I'll have the opportunity to bring my research experience and expertise into a clinical role, working to improve patient care, diagnostics and therapy. There's going to be a lot to learn, but I am hugely grateful for the opportunity and look forward to helping patients with infections across Merseyside."

18th May 2022

AQLM 2022

Our very own student Mahrukh Shameem had the very exciting opportunity to attend the Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy Course in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Of the experience she said

"I had an absolutely amazing time attending AQLM! On day one we started by using the rail system to create our own microscope and from there we learnt about more complex advances in light microscopy. Even though at times the physics turned my brain into mush at times, I am so grateful for the amazing experience to challenge myself and learn more! I can now know what the knobs on the microscope do before I twiddle with them. I am so excited to get to my PhD and apply all I learnt! I will carry all I learnt throughout my research and my future career!"

25th April 2022

new publication!

We are so excited to announce our new publication in PLOS pathogens! Please click the link below to learn more!

https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1010389


18th February 2022

lab board game cafe!

We had a great time in our joint lab social event to the board game cafe! Lab members from Professor Stephen Renshaw, Dr Phil Elks and Dr Iwan Evans lab and our lab all came to enjoy a joint event! It was great seeing everyone!

1st February 2022

CONgratulations STELLA!

A huge congratulations to Dr Stella Christou on passing her viva! Both the Johnston and Ayscough lab are so proud of all the amazing things Stella has achieved!


Stella has already started her new role at the vaccine task force of UK Health Security Agency! We hope you have an amazing time there!


31st January 2022

new publication!

Congratulations to Stella on having a manuscript accepted for publication in Nature Communication; "Characterising within-hospital SARS-CoV-2 transmission events using epidemiological and viral genomic data across two pandemic waves". During her professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS), Stella worked with Dr Thushan de Silva's lab researching COVID-19. Congratulations to the entire team!

10th December 2021

CONgratulations jacob!

Congratulations to our most recent lab escapee Dr Jacob Rudman! His impact in the lab has been surprisingly large.


Jacob has already started his new role in Owlstone Medical. We wish him the best for the future and are so excited to see his career progression. We will miss you and hope you enjoy Cambridge with Jaime!





10th December 2021

lab christmas do!

We had an amazing time in our joint Christmas do with lab members from Professor Stephen Renshaw, Dr Phil Elks and Dr Iwan Evans lab!


Heres to an amazing break and we wish you all happy holidays!

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14th November 2021

peak district walk

We had an amazing joint lab walk with lab members from Professor Stephen Renshaw, Dr Phil Elks and Dr Rhoda Hawkins lab!


On a surprisingly beautiful November day, we all had a great hike up to Bamford edge! Hopefully we have more walks and hikes in the near future!

11th November 2021

Congratulations JAIME!

A massive congratulations to Dr Jaime Cañedo for passing his viva! The entire Johnston Lab is so proud of Jaime and his achievements.


Jaime will be starting his new role as a Post doc in St Johnston lab at The University of Cambridge Gurdon Institute. We wish him the best for the future and are so excited to see his career progression. We will miss you and hope you enjoy Cambridge!

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29th August 2021

Congratulations on your new job JACOB!

We are so proud of Jacob for starting his new role with Owlstone Medical in Cambridge! He will be leaving us to pursue his new research career in diagnostics. We are beyond excited for him and his new role! Congratulations Jacob!