meet the team



meet the team


Eduardo Alves

Senior Post-doctoral Research Associate

A parasite lover since the early stages of his career studying Biology at São Paulo University (USP), Eduardo dedicated his PhD to cell signaling and cell physiology in malaria parasites at USP (Prof. Célia Gracia) and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Prof. Andrew Thomas). After completing his first postdoc at Oxford University (Prof. Arturo Reyes-Sandoval) designing, creating and testing new vaccines against human malaria and his second postdoc at Singapore Immunology Network (Dr Katja Fink) studying animal models for dengue infection, Eduardo finally was seduced by the King of Parasites: the mighty T. gondii. His work in Child Lab aims to investigate the crosstalk of reactive oxygen species (ROS) with other second messengers and the phenotypic screening of potential drugs against T. gondii. Outside Imperial, you can find him testing his Chinese in Soho, enjoying botanical gardens or at home cooking or baking cakes.


Henry Benns

PhD Student

Henry graduated in Biochemistry at the University of Lancaster, before further exploring his interest in parasitology during his MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at Imperial College London. Funded by the BBSRC and co-supervised by Prof. Ed Tate, Henry’s PhD research focuses on using chemical biology and genetic approaches to investigate the role of redox signalling in the interaction of Toxoplasma with its host-cell. Outside of the lab, you may find him running around the streets of London, or producing music in the studio!

Toxoplasma King cartoon

Toxoplasma gondii

a.k.a the King of Parasites

All rights for this image belong to Henry Benns

Matthew Child                                      principal investigator

I studied for a PhD in molecular parasitology with Prof. Mike Blackman at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK. After my PhD, I moved to the USA to continue my academic career as a post-doc in the chemical biology laboratory of Prof. Matt Bogyo at Stanford University, California. My group is currently based at Imperial College London, where I am funded as a Wellcome Trust & Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow. I endorse a work-hard play-hard ethos, and believe that effective mentorship will ensure the future success of all members of my lab.


Gayathri Sritharan

Research Technician

After completing her MRes in Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection, Gaya stayed on at Imperial as a Research Technician. Her main focus is developing a multiplexed in vivo phenotypic screen with Toxoplasma which will enable discovery of small molecule drugs within a relevant biological system whilst minimising the number of animals used. In parallel she is also investigating metabolic cross-talk between gut microbiota and Toxoplasma. Out of the lab Gaya is either on the tube with her nose in a book or at home experimenting with a new recipe.


Wen Wen Low

MCB MRes Student

Wen Wen completed her BSc in Biochemistry at Imperial College London where she first became interested in the field of parasitology. She’s back at Imperial to gain more research experience through the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences MRes course, with this stint in the Child lab being the first of three project rotations. For her project, she’s using genetic approaches to analyze several proteins that may be involved in redox signalling in Toxoplasma, with the hopes that this will better our understanding of the interaction between host and parasite. When not trying to figure out why her PCRs aren’t working, you'll probably find her watching competitive figure skating or cooking at home.


Lab Alumni

Post-docs: Gisela Lourenco-Henriques

MRes, MSc, UROP Students: 2016-17 Signe Lagercrantz, Kristy Ke, Henry Benns, Frida Frisinger, Chris Chan 2017-18 Wen Wen Low, Mai Ito, Sze Wai Lui, Natasha de Winter, Sofia Pedersen, Holly Baker 2018-19 Hailun Li






Post-doctoral fellows

We welcome informal enquiries from potential post-doctoral research fellows with outstanding research track records who are prepared to apply for independent research funding, for example from the European Union, HFSP, etc. Full assistance will be given in preparing a competitive research proposal

Please contact us via email with a CV and covering letter attached, or apply directly for open positions through the Imperial College recruitment pages.


PhD studentships

Our group is very happy to provide support for future PhD candidates. Students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in our group should contact the lab directly; all prospective applicants should have or expect to obtain a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry, or a closely related discipline; non-UK students must be able to obtain independent funding for their studies, e.g. via a government bursary.