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Bill graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BSc Hons (2:1) in Science with Management Studies and an MSc in Food Science & Microbiology from the University of Strathclyde.  His Molecular Microbiology PhD at Ulster University (supervised by Prof James Dooley) examined the epidemiology & survival of the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter.

As a Postdoc (Prof Paul O’Toole: supervisor) at University College Cork, Bill discovered that HorB (HP0127) is a gastric epithelial cell adhesion in Helicobacter pylori.  He then returned to Ulster University as a Postdoc (Prof James Dooley: supervisor) and applied molecular methods to improve understanding of major human pathogens (Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter & Helicobacter).  He initiated productive collaborations with world leading research organisations including Health Canada, the USDA & the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.  Bill coordinated the first major Cryptosporidium & Helicobacter mustelae proteomics studies.  His research highlights the importance of protozoa protecting Campylobacter in water and was  recently cited by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Prior to taking up his current position Bill spent some time at Randox where he was employed as a Senior Scientist responsible for the R&D of diagnostic immunoassays to detect drugs of abuse. He was also employed as a Virology Researcher (Rhinovirus) at Queen’s University, and a Data Manager in the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network at Belfast City Hospital.

In Jan-2018, Bill joined NICHE as a Research Associate (microbiology) for the SAFEWATER project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund.  His scientific papers have been published in top ranked journals.  Since 2006, he is an associate editor for the Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. Bill is a grant & abstract reviewer for the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Research Interests

  • Water microbiology
  • Zoonotic pathogens
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Human microbiome

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Biomedical Science Fellow
  • Advance HE Fellow
  • Society for Applied Microbiology
  • Microbiology Society

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Research Output 2001 2019

Open Access
Enterococcus faecalis
antibiotic resistance

Electroanalytical Properties of Chlorophenol Red at Disposable Carbon Electrodes: Implications for Escherichia coli Detection

Casimero, C., Bigham, T., Mc Glynn, R., Dooley, JSG., Ternan, N. G., Snelling, W. J., Critchley, M. E., Zinkel, C. L., Smith, R. B., Sabogal-Paz, L. P. & Davis, J., 28 Jun 2019, 130, 7 p., 107321.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Escherichia coli

Harnessing novel bacterial peptides for antimicrobial activity in the gut microbiome

Sterling, A., Daniels, V., Conwell, M., Ternan, N. G., Snelling, W., Naughton, P. & Dooley, J., 8 Apr 2019, Access Microbiology. 1A ed. Vol. 1.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Amino Acids

Low cost interventions for disinfection of potable water in developing communities

Fernandez-Ibanez, P., López, M. I. P., Martinez-García, A., Reyneke, B., Khan, W., Mujanya, C., Asiimwe, J., Byrne, J., Lubarsky, H., Dunlop, PSM., Ternan, N. G., Dooley, J. & Snelling, W., 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

drinking water
water treatment
Potable water
Drinking Water
Carbon fibers
Water quality

Activities 2000 2019

Higher EducationAcademy (External organisation)

William Snelling (Member)
2019 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Natália de Melo Nasser Fava

William Snelling (Host)
3 Jun 201912 Jun 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Raising Water Quality Awareness

William Snelling (Organiser)
29 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Girls on Course

Samuel Ginja (Participant), Mwansa Jere (Participant), Lorraine Lavery-Bowen (Organiser), William Snelling (Organiser)
30 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

STEM Ambassadors (External organisation)

William Snelling (Member)
Apr 2019 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Press / Media

SAFEWATER for everyone

William Snelling


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Clean water vital to global health

William Snelling


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Spreading our Safewater message

William Snelling


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities