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Biological Sciences

Dr Rodolphe Hervé BSc, Maîtrise de Biologie Cellulaire, MSc, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Rodolphe Hervé is Senior Research Fellow within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Career history

2005-present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Environmental Healthcare Unit, School of Biology, University of Southampton, UK.
2002-2005: Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Division of Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK.

Academic qualifications

1999-2002: PhD Immunopharmacology. University of Southampton, UK.
1997-1998: MSc Immunology. University of Surrey, UK.
1996-1997: Maîtrise de Biologie Cellulaire. Université de Rennes, France
1995-1996: BSc Microbiology. University of Surrey, UK.
1991-1995: DEUG Biology. Université de Bretagne Sud, France.

Research interests

  • Surface contamination, including prions; fouling and corrosion
  • Decontamination of reusable surgical instruments
  • Assessment of new decontamination technologies
  • Detection and diagnosis assays for infectious prions


Professor Bill Keevil

Research group


Research project(s)

Role of hypoxia and DNA mismatch repair in tumorigenesis

Using a multicellular tumour spheroid model to investigate the role of hypoxia and DNA mismatch repair on the fundamental processes of importance in tumour development

Development of endoscope decontamination procedures

This project will assess the cleanliness of existing endoscopes and the efficacy of current decontamination procedures, using a new highly sensitive microscopy imaging method to identify and quantify residual contamination from a range of flexible endoscopes, and new cell assays to assess potential prion infectivity.

Cold Atmospheric Plasma (CAP) for the decontamination of reusable surgical instruments

To evaluate the potential of Cold Atmospheric Plasma as a tool for the decontamination of reusable surgical instruments and endoscopes, thus significantly reducing the risk of iatrogenic infections with prions and potentially other resilient agents.


BM4 Medicine (graduate entry)


BIOL2044 Medical Microbiology

University of Southampton

Member (representing Biological Sciences) of the Clinical and Experimental Sciences Safety Subcommittee Group, Medicine

Professional Affiliations

DoH Decontamination Working Group, London
Group contact for Neuroprion network

Dr Rodolphe Hervé
Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number : SGH/SAB/Level C

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