Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology

Staff Profile

Dr Henrik Strahl von Schulten

Senior Lecturer



  • Molecular and Cellular Microbiology theme lead (2023)
  • Senior Lecturer (2019)
  • Independent Research Fellow and Group Leader, Newcastle University (2014-2019)
  • Research Associate, Newcastle University, Group of Prof Leendert Hamoen (2007-2014)
  • PhD student, University of Osnabrück, Group of Prof Karlheinz Altendorf (2003-2007)


  • Dr. rer. nat. Microbiology, University of Osnabrück, Germany (2003-2007)
  • Dipl. Biology, University of Osnabrück, Germany (1997-2003)


Society for General Microbiology

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy


Honors and Awards

BBSRC New Investigator Award (2018)

Editorial Board, Microbiology (since 2018)

Newcastle University Research Fellowship (2015)

Faculty of Medical Sciences Research Fellowship (2014)

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship (2004)



The research in my group focuses on bacterial cell envelopes. Using a combination of cell biology, high-end fluorescence microscopy, genetics, and biochemistry, we study the function, biosynthesis and internal organisation of bacterial cell wall and cell membranes using a repertoire of model organism including Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecalis. This research also extends to studying protein lipid -interactions and how membrane association is used to establish higher-level internal organisation within bacterial cells. The fundamental research in my group is accompanied by more applied research lines aiming to understand the complex mode of action of cell envelope -targeting antimicrobials and toxins, why certain cellular targets are less vulnerable to rapid development of antibiotic resistance, and to discover new ones.

Current co-workers

Dr. Jess Buttress (post doc, BBSRC -funded)

Dr. Matthieu Blandenet (post doc, BBSRC -funded)

Dr. Rachel Darnell (post doc, BBSRC -funded)

Laura Dobby (PhD student, BBSRC -funded)

Taylor Wellfare Reid (PhD student, MRC -funded)

Olivia Paxie (visiting PhD student from the University of Otago, Royal Society of New Zealand -funded)

Neha Ramchandani Ramchandani (PhD student, BBSRC-funded, start in Sep 2024)

Christopher Martin (MRes student)

Fran Davison (technician)


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC)


Post docs:

Dr. Alan Koh

PhD students:

Dr. Maria Dakes Stavrakaki

Dr. Maddie Humphrey

Dr. Sandra Laborda Anadon

Dr. Jess Buttress

Dr. James Grimshaw

Dr. Kenneth Holst Seistrup

Dr. Declan Gray

Dr. Laura Bohorquez Suarez (co-promoter, Amsterdam University)


Masters students:

Alisa Mondry (Erasmus student)

Zi Qi Ng

Chris Duringer

Yong Jie Chen

Jessica Clark

Ethan Drury

Katie Pearson

Lauren Elliott

Natalie Vardy

James Donahue

Jan Derk te Winkel (Erasmus)

Stijn Peeters (Erasmus)

Tim Knetsch (Erasmus)


Undergraduate students:

Jake Smith

Neha Ramchandani Ramchandani

Luc Eppie

Sameer Patil

Garoufallia Stavridou

Talia Peters

Nifemi Opasanya

Nadhir Bhunnoo

Saleena Lumbu

Zunera Baig

Alex-Rose Pogmore

James Donahue

Bethany Coley


Undergraduate Teaching

  • Teaching in BSc module BGM2061 (Protein Trafficking and Biological Membranes)
  • Supervision of undergraduate research projects

 Postgraduate Teaching

  • Teaching in MRes module MMB8016 (Molecular Microbiology, deputy module leader)
  • Supervision of Masters and PhD research projects