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Dr Callum J Highmore BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow in Microbiology

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Callum is a Research Fellow for the National Biofilms Innovation Centre with a focus on emerging technologies for the detection of biofilm. His PhD examined the role of viable but nonculturable (VBNC) pathogens in ready to eat foods, which remains a major research interest.


2018-present, Research Fellow in biofilm detection. University of Southampton, UK.

2017-2018, Postdoctoral Research Assistant in chronic wound decontamination. University of Southampton, UK.


2013-2018: PhD VBNC microbiology. University of Southampton, UK.

2012-2013: MSc The Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses. Imperial College London, UK.

2009-2012: BSc Biomedical Sciences. University of Southampton, UK.

Research interests

Callum is a microbiologist with several years experience in researching the detection of pathogens, specifically those in the VBNC state. Currently, he is exploring the potential for Raman spectroscopy to be applied as a clinical diagnostic tool. He is also examining its use in biofilm characterisation and the identification of bacteria in different phenotypic states, including VBNC.


Emerging Technologies for Biofilm Detection

Other research groups

Acoustics Group

Network for Anti-Microbial Resistance and Infection Prevention


National Biofilms Innovation Centre

NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility

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Lecturer, BIOL3057, Biofilms and Microbial Communities

Dr Callum J Highmore
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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