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      

Room: MB438k

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

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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