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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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

McConoughey, Stephen J., Howlin, Robert P., Wiseman, Jessica, Stoodley, Paul and Calhoun, Jason H. (2014) Comparing PMMA and calcium sulfate as carriers for the local delivery of antibiotics to infected surgical sites. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B Applied Biomaterials (doi:10.1002/jbm.b.33247).
 

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
FNES Student Office
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