With members in 135 countries around the world, including including, amongst others, infectious disease physicians, microbiologists, pharmacists, researchers, and nurses, we represent one of the world’s most influential networks of infection specialists. We invite you to meet just a few of the members we've helped support, from world leaders in their field, to those at the very beginning of their career...

Name

Daniel Hassan

Location

Durban, South Africa

Job Title

Pharmaceutical Scientist

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How long have you been a BSAC member?

I have been a BSAC member since 2017

What do you do?

My role includes the synthesis of novel materials and formulation of nanoparticles to enhance antimicrobial activities of a conventional dosage form of antibiotics to combat antimicrobial resistance. Additionally, I also write manuscripts, grants application, train undergraduate/postgraduate students. I also sit on BSAC’s Council, with a speciality in PhD and student interests.

One thing you love about your job

Working with skilled people who are as curious as I am, makes my work the best learning environment. Every day I learn something new.

One thing your colleagues don't know about you

I’m about to launch a brand-new journal club! It’s a chance for early career scientists to meet regularly to critically evaluate recent articles. It’s called the YES Club and I’m really excited about it – watch this space for details…

What does BSAC membership mean to you?

As a young scientist and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) fighter, BSAC has provided me with lots of support, and opened my eyes to the challenges we face - we still have a lot to do to make the world a safe and better place! Early in my career, I received two travel awards from BSAC (the Terry Hennessey Microbiology Fellowship Travel Grant and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Travel Grant), which enabled me to present my research finding at two international conferences (American Society for Microbiology, ASM Microbe 2019, San Francisco 2019 and American Society for Microbiology, ASM Microbe 2018, Atlanta, GA USA, 2018). Without BSAC’s help that would not have been possible. Thank you BSAC.

Name

Getrude Mmboga Kayeyia

Location

Manchester, United Kingdom

Job Title

Medical Microbiology postgraduate student

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How long have you been a BSAC member?

I have been a BSAC member since January 2021

What do you do?

I am working jointly with the department of Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment at The University of Manchester, in developing a new student communications and engagement strategy. I am also collaborating with Antimicrobial Resistance Society at the University of Manchester on the contribution of climate change to antimicrobial resistance. I cooperate with the Students for Global Health university representatives in advocating for climate change onto the medical curriculum, and other healthcare courses, within the UK. As a student representative, I link the students and the University and make sure that student opinions are heard, and teaching and learning experiences for the students I represent, are as rewarding as possible.

One thing you love about your job

Studying Medical Microbiology helps me to have a better understanding of antimicrobial resistance which threatens the ability to control infectious diseases, impacting not just health but also welfare.

One thing your colleagues don't know about you

I am a visual learner and I have managed to engage my creative side by being artistic and skilful. As a result of this, I have learnt various skills such as crocheting, baking, doing DIY projects and braiding my own hair.

What does BSAC membership mean to you?

BSAC is enabling me to network with world-leading scientists and professionals in health care through conferences and events and also being part of a larger community that is dedicated to making the world a better and safer place for future generations.

GP? Pharmacist? Researcher? Social Scientist? Whatever field you work in, if you’re committed to fighting infection then we want you to join us as a BSAC Member.
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