Yamni lectures in Biomedical Science (anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology) at the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University. Her specialist teaching subjects include digestion, blood, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, wounds (infection and healing) and maggot (larval) therapy.
Her research career, investigating the immune system of insects and invertebrates, commenced with her doctorate at Swansea University and now spans over 25 years. Her post-doctoral experience includes a period of time spent at Fundaco Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, researching immune defences in insects that cause Chagas’ Disease.
In 2001, she set up the Swansea University Maggot Research Group, which focuses on the medicinal maggot, Lucilia sericata, and the molecules involved in larval therapy. She and her team have undertaken numerous investigations, and published their findings primarily on the antimicrobial activity of larval secretions, and wound healing molecules associated with this insect. Yamni is currently funded to investigate the development of a new antibiotic from larval secretions, and to examine antimicrobial factors in other species of invertebrates.
She is a member of the Welsh Wound Network group and was recently selected to participate in the elite Welsh Crucible Programme, promoting the development of future Research Leaders in Wales. Yamni is an Athena Swan Champion and a Diabetes Community Champion. She is also a member of the British Society for Parasitology and an Elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. She is a trained STEM Ambassador, delivering interactive sessions on Microbiology and entomology to pupils at local schools. In November 2018, she received the National WISE Award for Innovation for her maggot research and STEM Ambassador roles.