Technical Assistant Southampton
Profile of James Manktelow

My research background is in microbiology, and particularly the use of bacteria as genetic toolboxes for genetically modified plants. Since joining D Young & Co in 2020 I have worked on patent prosecution across a number of topics, from cancer treatments to RFID tagging systems for livestock.

Before joining D Young & Co I completed undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in Biology at the University Oxford, Imperial College and the University of Exeter respectively. My PhD focused on the evolution of virulence and enhancement of bacterial toxins for use in GM crops and as biopesticides. I also employed the experimental systems developed for this to explore in vivo antibiotic resistance costs.


  • BA Hons Biological Sciences, Christ Church, University of Oxford, 2011.
  • MSc Ecology, Evolution & Conservation, Imperial College London, 2014.
  • PhD Biological Sciences, University of Exeter, 2019.
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London.


  • Student member of the Charted Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
  • European Patent Institute (epi).


  • Divergence in environmental adaptation between terrestrial clades of the Bacillus cereus group. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 97, Issue 1, January 2021.
  • Strong Environment-Genotype Interactions Determine the Fitness Costs of Antibiotic Resistance In Vitro and in an Insect Model of Infection. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Vol. 64, No. 10, e01033-20.
  • Improving the virulence of Bacillus thuringiensis via group selection in a meta-population (awaiting publication).