Dr Eve Maunders

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science


I am a molecular microbiologist in the Degnan lab. My research focuses on studying the symbiotic relationship between marine sponges and the internal microbial communities they harbour. Using genomic, molecular and behavioural methods, I investigate how these symbiotic partnerships influence sponge development and how symbioses break down in response to environmental challenges. As one of the earliest multicellular life forms, marine sponges are in a unique evolutionary position to shed light on the cardinal rules governing modern animal-microbe symbioses thereby uncovering broader ecological and evolutionary implications.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Microbiology, University of Cambridge
  • Bachelor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of East Anglia


  • Ganio, Katherine, Nasreen, Marufa, Yang, Zihao, Maunders, Eve A., Luo, Zhenyao, Hossain, Sheikh Imamul, Ngu, Dalton H. Y., Ellis, Daniel, Gu, Jin, Neville, Stephanie L., Wilksch, Jonathan, Gunn, Adam P., Whittall, Jonathan J., Kobe, Boštjan, Deplazes, Evelyne, Kappler, Ulrike and McDevitt, Christopher A. (2024). Hfe permease and Haemophilus influenzae manganese homeostasis. ACS Infectious Diseases, 10 (2), 436-452. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.3c00407

  • Maunders, Eve A., Giles, Matthew W., Ganio, Katherine, Cunningham, Bliss A., Bennett-Wood, Vicki, Cole, Gregory B., Ng, Dixon, Lai, Christine C., Neville, Stephanie L., Moraes, Trevor F., McDevitt, Christopher A. and Tan, Aimee (2024). Zinc acquisition and its contribution to Klebsiella pneumoniae virulence. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 13. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2023.1322973

  • Ngu, Dalton H. Y., Maunders, Eve. A., Lim, Bryan Y. J., Luo, Zhenyao, McDevitt, Christopher A. and Kobe, Boštjan (2023). Characterisation of the solute-binding protein ModA from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its role in molybdenum homeostasis. Acta Crystallographica Section A Foundations and Advances, 79 (a2), C670-C670. doi: 10.1107/s2053273323089477

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