Miss Alyson Moyes
(PhD Student)

Alyson first arrived at the University of Chester in 2010, where she studied for a BSc in Biomedical Science; graduating in November, 2013.

After securing some research funding, Alyson then started her PhD in December, 2013 under the general supervision of Dr Stephen Hughes and Mr Iqbal Shergill. Her research investigates the expression of biomarkers and clinical outcome measures following patients undergoing flexible ureterorenoscopy. Over the past three years Alyson has held an honorary contract as a research scientist with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), in addition to working part time as a laboratory technician for NW2URC.


Aside from her PhD studies, Alyson has a keen interest in teaching, and has recently completed her PG Cert in Higher Education Teaching and Learning. Over the past couple of years Alyson has held a visiting lecturer and demonstrator contract at the University of Chester, and has recently secured a lectureship post in Medical Sciences at Bangor University.

Mr Peter Ella-Tongwiis
(PhD Student)

Peter is a trained and experienced Biomedical Scientist from Ghana. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory technology from KNUST-Ghana. He also holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Science with distinction from the University of Chester.

He is currently a second year PhD student and an honorary research scientist at the BCUHB Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Currently, under the supervision of Dr Stephen Hughes and Mr Iqbal Shergill, Peter recruits patients into research studies and is competent in various laboratory procedures such as ELISA, immunohistochemistry and electrophoresis.


For his PhD, Peter is investigating changes in biomarkers in Bladder Cancer patients with special focus on cancer recurrence and progression. This project specifically looks at the role of inflammatory biomarkers, as well as markers of growth and angiogenesis in bladder cancer recurrence and progression. Employing several specialist techniques such as Immunohistochemistry, electrophoresis, western blotting and ELISA, several biomarkers in patients’ blood, urine and bladder tissues are being investigated.

Miss Rebecca Lamb
(PhD Student)


Rebecca graduated in November 2012 with a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Chester.


Rebecca is currently undertaking her PhD at the North Wales & North West Urological Research Centre (NW2URC) in affiliation with the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Chester. Her PhD focuses on Non Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC), where she is evaluating patient outcome following surgical treatment for NMIBC to assess and predict those patients at risk of developing post-operative complications.

Rebecca is also a BCUHB Honorary Research Scientist and is employed by NW2URC as a laboratory technician. Here, her roles are to generally maintain the smooth running of the research laboratory.