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Dr Lavinia Gambelli

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Telephone: 01392 727468

Extension: (Streatham) 7468

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate within Bertram Daum's group at the Living Systems Institute



My scientific interests revolve around (cryo-)electron microscopy and microbiology.
In my postdoctoral projects I investigate archaeal surface layers (s-layers) using cryo-electron microscopy (i.e. cryo-electron tomography, subtomogram averaging, single particle analysis). S-layers are widespread features within anchaea and bacteria, and mediate many essential functions in these microorganisms. Structurally, an S-layer is a proteinaceous lattice and constitutes the outermost layer in the cell envelope. Understanding in great detail s-layer structures can help us finding an application for nanotechnology and drug delivery.



2018-present    Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

2014-2018         PhD research within the Microbiology department, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands



2018 KIEM award from the KNVM (Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Microbiologie / Royal Dutch Society for Microbiology) for the best first publication written by a young microbiologist (DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02186-17).



Gambelli L. Guerrero-Cruz S., Mesman R., Cremers G., Jetten M.J.M., Op den Camp H.J.M., Kartal B., Lueke C., van Niftrik L., (2018). Community composition and ultrastructure of a nitrate-dependent anaerobic methane-oxidizing enrichment culture. App. Environ. Microbiol. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02186-17

Gambelli L., Cremers G., Mesman, R., Guerrero, S., Dutilh B., Jetten M.S.M., Op den Camp H.J.M., van Niftrik L., (2016). Ultrastructure and viral metagenome of bacteriophages from an anerobic methane oxidizing Methylomirabilis bioreactor enrichment culture. Front. Microbiol.


Versantvoort W., Guerrero-Cruz S., Speth D.R., Frank J., Gambelli L., Cremers G., van Alen T., Jetten M.S.M., Kartal B., Op den Camp H.J.M., Reimann J., (2018). Comparative genomics of Candidatus Methylomirabilis species and description of Ca. Methylomirabilis Lanthanidiphila. Front. Microbiol.

Cremers G., Gambelli L., van Alen T., van Niftrik L., Op den Camp H.J.M., (2018). Bioreactor virome metagenomics sequencing using DNA spike-ins. PeerJ. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.4351