The Microbiologist Editorial Team

The Microbiologist Editorial Team is responsible for planning, sourcing and commissioning all contents of the digital magazine. Their job is to support authors and journalists, monitor writing progress, and act as a central point of contact for all contributors. To get in touch with the editorial team, please email us on


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Paul Sainsbury

Editor in Chief

Paul initially trained as a journalist and has over twenty five years’ experience in marketing, PR and communications working for commercial companies such as Harrods and the Freeplay wind-up radio. His passion for science comms took him back to University and he completed a PhD at the University of Warwick.  Paul is responsible for the editorial direction and development of The Microbioloigst. He particularly enjoys exploring new inspiring content in microbiology and the privilege of working with the extraordinary writers and editors featured in the magazine.

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Matthew Koch

Features Editor

Matt studied for a PhD in Microbiology, where his thesis was focused on natural product discovery from the marine environment and the microbiota of deep-sea sponges.  Matt has since pursued a career in science communications and worked as a Science Communications Officer for AMI before becoming the Features Editor for The Microbiologist, where he enjoys being able to stay on top of the latest research and widen his knowledge base of the greatest subject in the world. 

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Linda Stewart

News and Current Affairs Editor

Linda studied Pure & Applied Biology BA at St Anne’s College, Oxford, before completing an MSc in Conservation at UCL. After two years in a Water Service lab in Northern Ireland, she switched to a career in newspaper journalism, working as a general reporter at the Belfast Telegraph before becoming the regional daily’s first Environment Correspondent from 2008 until 2016. She was named Environment Correspondent of the Year 2011 and Feature Journalist of the Year in 2014 at the NI Media Awards. After serving as editor on a number of retail sector magazines, she is enjoying turning her journalism skills to delivering fresh and fascinating scientific news content in The Microbiologist.

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Louise Hill-King

Careers Editor

Louise studied Chemistry and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield prior to completing her MSc in Pathological Science (Medical Microbiology). She worked in NHS diagnostic laboratories as a biomedical scientist for over 30 years, before finally hanging up her lab coat to concentrate on her freelance scientific proofreading/copyediting business, LHK Ltd. Louise has worked on various earlier incarnations of The Microbiologist since 2008 and now sources articles from people with diverse microbiology-related roles, highlighting how microbiology careers impact so many aspects of life.

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Hannah Trivett

Under The Microscope Editor

Hannah completed her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Liverpool in 2020. During her degree, she completed a summer placement funded by The Wellcome Trust to characterise phenotypes of invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella. Hannah is currently undertaking a PhD in Medical Microbiology, exploring the advances in next-generation sequencing to detect gastroenteric pathogens directly from stool. She is interested in applying her research to hospital settings to positively impact diagnostics in public health. Alongside her PhD, Hannah has been an active member of AMI as the Science Communication Officer for the Early Career Scientist (ECS) committee. She has played an integral role in organising ECS virtual and in-person conferences, producing content for The Microbiologist and interviewing key members of the Microbiology community, such as Prof Dame Sally Davies and Prof Sir Jonathan Van Tam.