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Approach to teaching

I am a Principal Lecturer in Microbiology, within the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, and am the Course Leader for MSci & BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, and the MRes Biological Sciences degree programmes.

I teach across all levels of the BSc (Hons) Ecology, Biological Sciences, and Biomedical Science undergraduate courses, as well as specialist teaching at M level. My area of expertise is in microbiology, and I am visible to the students within modules across all three years of study. My research directly informs my teaching at all levels, where my focus on the persistence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment allows me to bridge the gap between clinical and environmental biology, and to develop and deliver a robust and engaging learning programme to the students. My links with academic societies provided me with an oversight of the requirements that industries have of Biological Sciences students, and to embed industry-recognised skills at key stages of the degree framework. I also take a lead in pastoral care, and am the Third Year Tutor for the Biological Sciences degree students, as well as being course leader.

Research interests


My research focusses on cross-disciplinary advancement of microbiology, bridging the environmental and clinical fields. My emphasis is on researching the fundamental molecular mechanisms of bacterial adhesion to biomedical materials and environmental substrata, and how human contact with animals and the environment affects bacteria relating to human health. I am research active, and am currently investigating the following key fields: the phenomenon of quorum sensing and biomedical device infection; development of novel antibiotics; bacteriophages as antibacterial agents; and the environmental persistence of medically important human pathogens.


Supervisory Interests

Microbiology, healthcare, antibiotics, antimicrobials, quorum-sensing, biofilms, water pollution, drinking water, waste water, zoonoses, environmental microbiology.

Education/Academic qualification


External positions

Editor, Hindawi


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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 2007 2019

Anti‐biofilm potential of purified environmental bacteriophage preparations against early stage Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

Issa, R., Chanishvili, N., Caplin, J., Kakabadze, E., Bakuradze, N., Makalatia, K. & Cooper, I., 2 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Applied Microbiology. 126, 6, p. 1657-1667 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Offensive waste valorisation in the UK: Assessment of the potentials for absorbent hygiene product (AHP) recycling

Takaya, C., Cooper, I., Berg, M., Brittle, S., Muir, R. & Sarker, D., 20 Mar 2019, In : Waste Management. 88, p. 56-70 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

packaging waste

Application of Nanomaterials in Bioengineering

Pollini, M., Paladini, F. & Cooper, I., 28 Jun 2018, 3 p. Hindawi.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access

Silk Route to the Acceptance and Re-Implementation of Bacteriophage Therapy—Part II

Sybesma, W., Rohde, C., Bardy, P., Pirnay, J-P., Cooper, I., Caplin, J., Chanishvili, N., Coffey, A., De Vos, D., Scholz, A. H., McCallin, S., Püschner, H. M., Pantucek, R., Aminov, R., Doškař, J. & Kurtböke, D. İ., 23 Apr 2018, In : Antibiotics. 7, 35, p. 1-23 23 p., 7020035.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Bacterial Infections
Randomized Controlled Trials

Application of Bacteriophages

Aminov, R., Caplin, J., Nino, C., Coffey, A., Cooper, I., De Vos, D., Doskar, J., Friman, V-P., Kurtboke, I. & Pantucek, R., 11 Apr 2017, In : Microbiology Australia. 38, 2, p. 63-66 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Anti-Bacterial Agents

Activities 2012 2019

  • 10 Membership of professional body
  • 6 Invited talk
  • 4 External funding peer-review
  • 1 Publication Peer-review

Frontiers in Microbiology: Antimicrobials, Resistance and Chemotherapy (External organisation)

Ian Cooper (Chair)
17 May 2019

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

Microbiological safety: post-sterilisation

Ian Cooper (Presenter)
11 Apr 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Journal of Applied Microbiology (Journal)

Rahaf Issa (Reviewer), Nina Chanishvili (Reviewer), Jon Caplin (Reviewer), E Kakabadze (Reviewer), N Bakuradze (Reviewer), K Makalatia (Reviewer), Ian Cooper (Reviewer)
2 Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Biomaterials and Medical Devices and Drug Delivery Research and Enterprise Group (Organisational unit)

Ian Cooper (Chair)
16 Nov 2018

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

An Introduction to Bacteriophages

Ian Cooper (Presenter)
25 May 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk