• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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I am a research associate in microbial biotechnology working within the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Ulster University. I have interests and expertise in molecular microbiology, microbial biotechnology, and antimicrobial resistance. In addition to my research portfolio, I have significant experience in the commercialisation of microbial biotechnology.

My current project is the testing of novel sensitiser-peptide conjugates developed at Ulster University for their antimicrobial activity and ability to disrupt microbial biofilms when utilised in combination with either photo- or sono-dynamic therapy. This work forms part of the EPSRC funded program grant “Beyond Antibiotics” being run in collaboration with The University of Oxford, University College London, and several commercial partners. Prior to becoming involved with my currect project I led projects investigating microbial biosurfactant technology with regards to applications in food technology, cosmetics, and biomedical applications such as antimicrobial and anti-cancer therapeutics. 

Before joining Ulster University, I led a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) at Queen’s University Belfast, UK investigating microbial driven inflammatory lung disease. I did my Ph.D. in the field of marine microbiology and quorum sensing at The University of Nottingham, UK. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Signal Based Relationship between the Green Seaweed Ulva and its Indigenous Bacterial Community, University of Nottingham

Sept 2008Sept 2012

Award Date: 1 Jun 2016

Master, Molecular Medical Microbiology , University of Nottingham

Sept 2007Sept 2008

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Bachelor, Biochemistry and Microbiology, King's College London

Sept 2003Jul 2006

Award Date: 1 Jun 2006

External positions

Honorary Research Associate , Queen's University Belfast

Apr 2016Aug 2016

Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate , Queen's University Belfast

Apr 2013Apr 2016


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