Welsh Crucible 2014
Yamni graduated from Kings College, London and then undertook a Master’s degree in Applied Parasitology and Medical Entomology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Her research career, investigating the immune system of insects and invertebrates, commenced with her doctorate at Swansea University in 1988. She is currently Associate Professor at Swansea University, lecturing in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. In 2001, she set up the Swansea Maggot Research Group, which focusses on the medicinal maggot, Lucilia sericata, and the molecules involved in larval therapy. She and her team have published their findings primarily on the antimicrobial activity of larval secretions. Yamni is a Member of the British Society for Parasitology and Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and has recently been awarded a grant from the Welsh Office to fund her investigations into the development of a new antibiotic from larval secretions.
2016 Update: Yamni continues her role as Associate Professor in the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University.