Infection Medicine

Dr Belinda Loh

Postdoctoral scientist, Welburn Group

Dr Belinda Loh

Postdoctoral scientist

  • 4th Floor
  • ZJE Building
  • International Campus

Contact details

Personal Profile

  • 2018 - current Postdoctoral scientist (ZJE)
  • 2015 - 2017 Postdoctoral scientist (University of Hohenheim, Germany)
  • 2010 - 2014 PhD in Biochemistry (magna cum laude) (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology & University of Tuebingen, Germany)
  • 2009 - 2010 Research Assistant (University of Oxford, UK)
  • 2008 - 2009 Research Assistant (University College London, UK)
  • 2007 Research Assistant (Humanyx, Singapore)
  • 2004 - 2007 Research Assistant (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • 2002 - 2004 Bachelor of Biotechnology (2nd upper Class Hons.) (University of Queesnland, Australia)


My research focuses on understanding how molecular motors work and to develop alternative therapeutics to chemical antibiotics, in particular bacteriophages. I make use of synthetic biology to alter well characterised phages to expand host range for the treatment of bacterial infections and discover environmental phages to develop phage therapy for multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens.

Research Themes


Manohar P, Loh B, Nachimuthu R, Hua X, Welburn SC, Leptihn S (2020) Secondary Bacterial Infections in Patients with Viral Pneumonia. Frontiers in Medicine 7: 420. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2020.00420

Manohar P*, Loh B*, Athira S, Nachimuthu R, Hua X, Welburn SC and Leptihn S (2020) Secondary Bacterial Infections During Pulmonary Viral Disease: Phage Therapeutics as Alternatives to Antibiotics? Front. Microbiol 11: 1434. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.01434

Loh B and Leptihn S (2020) A call for a multidisciplinary future of Phage Therapy to combat multi-drug resistant bacterial infections. Infectious Microbes & Diseases 2(1): 1-2.  doi: 10.1097/IM9.0000000000000018

Loh B, Kuhn A, Leptihn S (2019) The fascinating biology behind phage display: Filamentous Phage Assembly. Mol Microbiol 111(5): 1132-1138. doi: 10.1111/mmi.14187

Loh B, Haase M, Mueller L, Kuhn A, Leptihn S (2017) The transmembrane morphogenesis protein gp1 of filamentous phages contains Walker A and Walker B motifs essential for phage assembly. Viruses 9(4): 73. doi: 10.3390/v9040073