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Anthony Hilton

Professor, Acting PVC & Executive Dean of LHS

    • United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Enquiries welcomed in areas of Applied Microbiology particularly food and water microbiology.


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    Research Interests

    • Applied microbiology
      • Food
      • Clinical
    • Molecular microbiology
    • Salmonella, Campylobacter, MRSA and Escherichia coli O157, Clostridium difficile
    • Molecular epidemiology & typing of microorganisms
    • Insect vectors of disease
    • Microbiome and cultureome analysis


    2012 - Professor of Applied Microbiology

    2009 - 2012 Reader in Microbiology / Head of Biology & Biomedical Science  Aston University
    2005 - 2009  Senior Lecturer in Microbiology / Programme Director - Biology / BMS  Aston University
    2000 - 2005 Lecturer in Microbiology / Biology Admissions Tutor, Aston University
    1997 - 2000 Lecturer in Food Microbiology, University of Birmingham
    1996 - 1997 Clinical Scientist, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
    1993 - 1996 PhD, University of Birmingham (Supervisor: Prof. C.W. Penn)
    1989 - 1993 BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Class I; Rank 1st) University of Wolverhampton


    An increasing number of litigation cases in the UK involve microbiology information that would benefit from expert critical review, interpretation or further development.  I am able to offer expert professional advice in all aspects of microbiology to assist in developing a robust body of evidence to support these cases.  With over 20 years experience in microbiological aspects of food, industrial and clinical microbiology, I have been offering professional microbiology advice to the legal sector for over five years primarily in cases of litigation, clinical negligence and malpractice.  For further information please contact me to discuss your requirements. I am also able to offer microbiological sampling and product testing services.

    Contact Details

    Phone:  +44 (0)1212043960
    Mobile: 07703 716512

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    Research Output

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • An Examination of Flying Insects in Seven Hospitals in the United Kingdom and Carriage of Bacteria by True Flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae, Dolichopodidae, Fanniidae, Muscidae, Phoridae, Psychodidae, Sphaeroceridae)

    Boiocchi, F., Davies, M. & Hilton, A. C., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Medical Entomology. 56, 6, p. 1684–1697 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Containing the burden of infectious diseases is everyone’s responsibility. A call for an integrated strategy for developing and promoting hygiene behaviour change in home and everyday life

    Bloomfield, S. F., Ackerley, L., Bockmühl, D., Signorelli, C., Münter, L., Langsrud, S., Hilton, A. C., Lorimer, J., Razenberg, H., Scott, E., Nath, KJ., Melhus, Å., Knøchel, S., Exner, M., Branton, F., Robinson, J., Jones, M., Griffith, C., Pickup, J., Hines, J. & 2 others, Morris, P. & Ilschner, C., 17 Oct 2018, 40 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    Antibiotic and biocide resistance in Salmonella enterica and Escherichia coli 0157

    Author: Braoudaki, M., Sep 2004

    Supervisor: Hilton, A. C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Epidemiology of hospital-acquired and community-onset meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

    Author: Rollason, J., 2007

    Supervisor: Hilton, A. C. (Supervisor), Lambert, P. A. (Supervisor) & Worthington, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Exploring the biological basis for Salmonella persistence in food manufacturing environments

    Author: Bashir, A., 23 Feb 2016

    Supervisor: Hilton, A. C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Isolation and characterisation of bacteria associated with flying insects in hospitals, with particular emphasis on Clostridium difficile

    Author: Davies, M., 12 Feb 2015

    Supervisor: Hilton, A. C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Phenotypic and genotypic characterisation of Clostridium Difficile

    Author: Green, L. M., 16 Jun 2010

    Supervisor: Worthington, A. (Supervisor) & Hilton, A. C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



    Principle Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

    Anthony Hilton (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Fellow of Institute of Biomedical Science

    Anthony Hilton (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Fellow of Society for Biology

    Anthony Hilton (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    National Teaching Fellowship

    Anthony Hilton (Recipient), 1 Sep 2011

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Peter Wildy Award for Microbiology Education & Outreach

    Anthony Hilton (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)