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St Mary’s alumna recognised for world-leading microbial research

St Mary’s alumna recognised for world-leading microbial research

St Mary’s alumna, Siân Marie Frosini has been recognised for her world-leading, innovative research into microbial resistance in animals.

The European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) has published its prestigious ’30 Under 30’ list, which celebrates the world’s top emerging talent in microbial and infectious disease research.

Born in 1990, Siân studied at St Mary’s School, Cambridge, where she discovered an early passion for science. After St Mary’s, she pursued her ambition to join the veterinary profession, becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and completing a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology.

Reflecting on her inclusion in the 30 Under 30 list, Siân comments that she selected a research area that ‘would have a direct benefit to patients’ as well as changing the ‘habits of [her] peers in clinical practice for the better.’ Her work explores multi-drug resistant pathogens in companion animals and seeks to improve antimicrobial stewardship in the veterinary profession.

Siân’s research into microbial resistance tackles one of the world’s most critical health challenges. As bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites become resistant to existing medication the race is on to discover alternative treatments. Siân outlines how her research will make a difference:

“I have focused most of my research to date in dermatology, where new therapeutic approaches can result in dramatic reduction in the use of systemic antimicrobials.”

Siân also reflects on the character traits that underpin her success. She describes herself as ‘collaborative, driven and dynamic’ echoing many of the core values that sit at the heart of a St Mary’s education.

The 30 Under 30 list includes scientists from all around the world currently pushing frontiers not only in antibiotic resistance, but in everything from vaccines and public health, through to pharmaceutical development.

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress at St Mary’s School reflects on Siân’s success:

“As we face the challenge of Covid-19, it gives me hope to see this emerging generation of scientific talent. It is thrilling to see a St Mary’s girl leading the way and demonstrating values that sit at the heart of our education. Through her hard work and commitment Siân is making the world a better place – a true inspiration for our current STEM scholars!”

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