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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 degree programmes.

I teach across all levels of the BSc (Hons) Ecology, Biological Sciences, and Biomedical Science undergraduate courses. 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

PhD

External positions

Editor

2018

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Projects 2016 2019

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, 126, 6, p. 1657-1667 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Biofilms
Bacteriophages
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Ciprofloxacin
Pyocyanine

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, 88, p. 56-70 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

hygiene
recycling
plastic
product
packaging waste

Application of Nanomaterials in Bioengineering

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

Research output: Other contributionResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File

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, 7, 35, p. 1-23 23 p., 7020035.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Silk
Bacteriophages
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., 10 May 2017, 38, 2, p. 63-66 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Bacteriophages
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Dysbiosis
Virology
Biotechnology

Activities 2012 2019

  • 10 Membership of professional body
  • 5 Invited talk
  • 2 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

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

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

Ian Cooper (Member of expert group)
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2020

Activity: External funding peer-review

Quorum sensing between bacterial cells

Ian Cooper (Presenter)
23 May 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

An Introduction to Bacteriophages

Ian Cooper (Presenter)
25 May 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk