Centre for Biological Sciences

Robert P. Howlin

BSc, PhD

Primary position:
Research Fellow in Microbiology


The University of Southampton
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Career history

2009-present: Postdoctoral Researcher. University of Southampton, UK.

Academic qualifications

2005-2009: PhD. University of Southampton, UK.
2002-2005: BSc in Biomedical Sciences. University of Durham, UK.

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.


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


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 Interests

My 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)


Dr Jeremy Webb
Dr Saul Faust


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

Research Groups

NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility

Primary research group:  Environmental Biosciences


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