meet the team



meet the team


Gisela Henriques

Senior Post-doctoral Research Associate

Gisela conducted her undergraduate studies on Biology at Universidade de Evora and received her master’s degree in Clinical Microbiology from the University of Lisbon, both in Portugal. She received her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2014 for work done on new genetic markers of artemisinin resistance in human malaria parasites, under the supervision of Prof. Colin Sutherland. In 2015 she moved to Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Thailand, were she joined the Targeted Malaria Elimination study as a Project Coordinator, under the supervision of Dr. Lorenz von Seidlein. Gisela joined the Child Lab in 2017 and her current work focus on host-pathogen interaction studies and investigates how and why T. gondii subverts neighbouring host cells to prepare a perfect niche for future invasion and replication. When not in the lab, she enjoys travelling and trying out new food.


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 gondii

a.k.a the king of parasites

Confluent HFF monolayer infected with T. gondii tachyzoites (RH1)

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

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






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.