Mr Liam Prestwood | Laboratory Manager

Prestwood, Liam

Liam is the Laboratory Manager for several teams within the Malaria Programme, covering a number of Containment Laboratories (CL2/3), an Insectary and related offices.

I am the Laboratory Manager for multiple research groups within the Malaria Programme, including Oliver Billker and Julian Rayner’s teams. Duties include health and safety, science administration, purchasing and general maintenance of the laboratories and equipment. I am also the Malaria Programme representative on the WTGC Health and Safety Committee.

Key Roles
- Member of Wellcome Trust Health and Safety Committee
- Local Co-ordinator (Health and Safety) for Lab and Office Spaces
- Radiation Protection Supervisor
- First Aider
- DSEasy Assessor (Display Screen Equipment)

Health and Safety
- Updating health and safety documentation (safety handbooks, risk assessments, SOPs, training records)
- Management of CL3 facilities, ensuring compliance with HSE, Human Tissue Act, Home Office
- Organisation of safe import and export of biological material internationally (DEFRA, HMRC)
- New staff inductions and providing ongoing health and safety training

Science Administration
- HSE approvals
- NHS REC applications (Human Tissue Act)
- Home Office licenses
- Management of Controlled Drugs
- Project Management- development of new CL2, CL3 laboratories


  • A novel combined RNA-protein interaction analysis distinguishes HIV-1 Gag protein binding sites from structural change in the viral RNA leader.

    Kenyon JC, Prestwood LJ and Lever AM

    Scientific reports 2015;5;14369

  • Evidence that the endosomal sorting complex required for transport-II (ESCRT-II) is required for efficient human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) production.

    Meng B, Ip NC, Prestwood LJ, Abbink TE and Lever AM

    Retrovirology 2015;12;72

  • Current perspectives on RNA secondary structure probing.

    Kenyon J, Prestwood L and Lever A

    Biochemical Society transactions 2014;42;4;1251-5

  • In-gel probing of individual RNA conformers within a mixed population reveals a dimerization structural switch in the HIV-1 leader.

    Kenyon JC, Prestwood LJ, Le Grice SF and Lever AM

    Nucleic acids research 2013;41;18;e174

Prestwood, Liam
Liam's Timeline

Malaria Programme, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute


Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge


University of Bath


GlaxoSmithKline Ltd