Personal profile

Research Interests

My research interests lie within the field of Clinical Microbiology and Healthcare Associate Infections. Specific aeas of interest include:

  • Clostridium difficile and Staphylococcal Infections
  • Biofilms; infections associated with indwelling intravascular devices and prosthetic joints
  • Skin Antisepsis and Antimicrobials/AMR
  • Propionibacterium acnes and its association with chronic back pain and Modic 1 changes


Teaching Activity

My teaching activity is broad and includes: young learners, undergraduate level and PhD. I also undertake many public engagement activities to share my interests and knowledge wthin Microbiology.

Taught Undergraduate Modules:

Microbiology Level 4

Microbiology Level 5

Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Level 6

Funding Applications and Awards

2005-2008 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000;
studies on ehnanced skin antisepsis

2007 -2010 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000;
Formulation engineering stategies to enhance skin antisepsis and delivery of chlorhexidine

2008-2011 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000;
Germination formulatiion and the development of a smart polymer-based surface for elimination of C. difficile spores

2009 -2012 KTP award (Department of Health/Insight Health Ltd): £164,000;
Development of a germination solution for elimination of C. difficile spores

2010-2013 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000;
Development of a dual-action germinant-biocide for the elimination of C. diffficle
and microorganisms commonly associated with healthcare associated infections

2013-2016 ARCHA PhD Studentship (50% Industrial funding; Insight Health Ltd, UK): £75,000; Antimicrobial Bioglass

2014-2017: Full-industrially funded PhD (Insight Health Ltd): £60,000. Antimicrobial efficacy of octenidine.

2014: Students into Work Grant: The Society for Applied Microbiology, £2,500. This will support investigations into the association between Propionibacterium acnes and chronic lower back pain.


2018-2021: Antimicrobial efficacy of novel XF compounds for the prevention, control and eradication of clinically and industrially relevant pathogens and biofilmsWorthington, T. & Lambert, P. £39,714.00, Destiny Pharma Plc


2019-2021: Knowledge Transfer Partnership.  Development of an automated cleaning system (ACS) for flexible endoscopes to reduce residual microorganisms through the use of mesocrystals. £200,664;  Dr Andrew Sutherland and Dr Tony Worthington (Aston University), In collaboration with Partners Medical Ltd, Stoke on Trent)

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3951      
email: [email protected] 

Room: MB438k

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 30 Oct 2000


  • L Education (General)
  • Undergraduate
  • PhD
  • Young Learners
  • RB Pathology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Antimicrobials
  • AMR
  • Biofilms
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Healthcare Associated Infections


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