Centre for Biological Sciences

Robert P. Howlin

BSc, PhD

Primary position:
Research Fellow in Microbiology

Background

The University of Southampton

My background is in microbial decontamination and novel biofilm intervention strategies in a biomedical setting. My current project, funded by the NIHR Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, involves the investigating the role and application of nitric oxide as a novel adjunctive therapy in chronic infections such as cystic fibrosis.

  • BSc University of Durham in Biomedical Sciences (2002-2005)
  • PhD University of Southampton (2005-2009)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, University of Southampton (2009-present)
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Research

Research Interests

Research interests include:

  • microbial decontamination & novel anti-biofilm intervention methods
  • the role and application of nitric oxide (NO) in the dispersal of bacterial biofilms in cystic fibrosis and other biofilm related diseases
  • the development of novel, targeted NO donor molecules as therapeutic interventions (a collaboration with University of Wollongong and UNSW)
  • investigating the methods by which different bacterial species interact in the CF lung
  • the role of biofilms in ventilator assisted pneumonia (VAP)

Supervisors

Dr Jeremy Webb
Dr Saul Faust

Collaborators:

- School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
- School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Affiliate research group:
Internal:
- Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Southampton General Hospital
- Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton

External:
- School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia
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School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong, Australia

Primary research group:  Environmental Biosciences

Contact

Dr Robert P. Howlin
Centre for Biological Sciences
Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 85/4041