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Mr Gareth LuTheryn BSc, MSc, MRSB

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Gareth is a medical microbiologist, working in the multidisciplinary Micro and Nano Therapies (MiNaTher) research team, which operates across the Bioengineering Science and Mechatronics research groups at the University of Southampton. The principal objective of his PhD research is to develop ultrasound-responsive colloidal bubbles, which are capable of transporting biologically active constituents directly to bacterial biofilms in chronic wound infections. The research is supervised by Dr Dario Carugo, Dr Peter Glynne-Jones and Professor Jeremy Webb. The project is funded by EPSRC and benefits from a collaboration with Public Health England.

Gareth completed his BSc (Hons) in 2016, in the interdisciplinary field of Human Biology. He achieved a first for his thesis assessing the effectiveness of novel antimicrobial agents on the destruction of bacterial spores, and was appointed as a member of the Royal Society of Biology. In 2017, he was awarded an MSc with Distinction in Biomedical Science with an advanced specialism in Medical Microbiology; attaining another first for his thesis investigating the anti-virulence activity of conjugated linoleic acid on clinically significant microorganisms.

Research interests

Gareth’s principal research interests include:

Microbial Ecology, the interaction of microorganisms with their environment and one-another, in particular the development of complex microbial communities and biofilms, both commensal and pathogenic respectively.

Ultrasound Biophysics, specifically the therapeutic application of ultrasound for highly temporally- and spatially-controlled activation of microbubbles for targeted drug delivery, tissue repair and manipulation of bacteria.

Antimicrobial Resistance, with the emergence of multi-drug resistance species of bacteria marking the advent of a post-antibiotic era, it is now essential to drive research into novel antimicrobial agents and therapies to combat infection and disease.

Research group

Bioengineering Science

Affiliate research group

Micro and Nano Therapies (MiNaTher)


BIOL2038 – Environmental Microbiology

Mr Gareth LuTheryn
Micro and Nano Therapies (MiNaTher),
Bioengineering Research Group, Room 4055, Building 7,
Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University Road,
University of Southampton Highfield Campus,
Southampton, SO171BJ, UK

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