Meet the team

Katie Laird

Sarah Younie


Dr. Katie Laird is a Reader in Microbiology in the School of Pharmacy and head of the Infectious Disease Research Group at De Montfort University. She has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and obtained a PhD in applied microbiology in 2008.


Dr. Sarah Younie is Professor of Education Innovation at De Montfort University. Prof. Younie has been involved in international and national teaching and research for thirty years. She is a founder member of MESH (Mapping Education Specialist knowHow) project

Sapphire Crosby

Charlie Evans


Sapphire Crosby has a background in Education and first started working on the project in 2016 whilst completing her MA. She has since has joined the team as a PhD student to work full time on the project.


Charlie Evans is a graphic designer, part-time lecturer and DMU alumni. She has been working as part of the team since the beginning of the project back in 2014 as an illustrator and creator, through DMU Frontrunners and has continued working freelance on the project since graduating.

Richard Procter


Dr. Richard Procter is a Lecturer at De Montfort University. His research interests include education, technology and assessment.

A Germ's Journey has been supported by the Society for Applied Microbiology.

Written by Dr Katie Laird and Dr Sarah Younie

Site design and illustrations by Charlie Evans

A Germ's Journey is supported by Medina Publishing Ltd and Richard Procter, developer of this website.

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