Lorraine Draper has a BSc in Biochemistry and a MSc and PhD in Microbiology. Her lab-based research began after degree when she began working on bacteriocins; antimicrobial agents produced by bacteria that kill other bacteria. This work specialized in investigating techniques for their purification and application. She then undertook a research MSc and PhD investigating resistance, immunity and regulation of specific bacteriocins. Following this, Lorraine undertook a post-doctoral position in APC’s Spoke 1 (Microbes to Molecules). Here she investigated the role of bacteriophage in gut health and disease. In June 2017, she became the Project Manager for Research Spokes 1 (Microbes to Molecules) and 5 (Gut Phageomics).