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Global Network for Anti-Microbial Resistance and Infection Prevention

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research fellowship for Dr Marcela Hernández

Published: 1 March 2022
Dr Marcela Hernández
Dr Marcela Hernández

Dr Marcela Hernández, a former NAMRIP member, has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research fellowship.


NAMRIP member Dr Marcela Hernández has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research fellowship. Formerly at the University of Southampton, where she initially joined NAMRIP, she will set up her laboratory in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.


Her research will study carbon-cycling microorganisms in volcanic soil. Dr Hernández’s research will provide key insights into the process of soil formation by investigating the role of microbes in volcanic soils. More specifically, her research will focus on soil bacteria involved in atmospheric trace gas metabolism in volcanic soils of varying ages and their importance for plant survival and growth.


This will have direct implications for soil preservation and sustainable soil management as well as broadening our understanding of the importance of soil microbes as consumers of trace gases, which include greenhouse gases and compounds toxic to humans.


Dr Hernández, who has a long history of supporting NAMRIP's outreach and engagement mission (for example at Cheltenham Science Festival), had previously won a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to perform a research stay for 6 months at the Thünen Institute of Biodiversity in Braunschweig, Germany. She was one of the UK NAMRIP team that went with Professor Leighton to Kampala in March 2019 for the 2nd Global-NAMRIP conference that brought together over 140 delegates from 7 different countries, all focussed on tackling the issue of Antimicrobial Resistance, preventing infection and promoting an environment that supports good health.




Dr Hernández at Kampala sewage

Dr Hernández at Kampala sewage

Dr Hernández visiting Kampala sewage works with Professor Leighton in 2019

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