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Dr. Jamie Beddow

Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

My Research Vision

My research interests primarily relate to applications of biological sciences to healthcare. I am currently engaged in research in to new antimicrobial agents. This is in response to the healthcare threats posed by antibiotic resistant bacteria and hospital acquired infections.  

Biography

After graduating in Biological Sciences in 1993 from Warwick University I was employed at a company in Coventry involved in the chemical and biological analysis of contamination soil and water. I progressed to lab manager for a team of 15 people, but in 1999 decided I wanted to focus back more on biology and research and took up a PhD at Coventry University. My PhD project involved developing a biosensor based on bilayer lipid membrane structure of biological membranes. After my PhD I worked on several postdoc projects at Coventry University. The first one was an EU funded project (FP6) where we worked with various international partners to develop a novel diagnostic system for malaria.  I then worked on a project for Tarmac Ltd investigating the pollutant retention properties of some of their permeable pavement products. Then most recently, I worked as a microbiologist on another EU funded project (FP7). The aim here was to develop a sonochemical industrial process for the production of antimicrobial fabrics. I am currently a lecturer in biomedical sciences within faculty of health and life sciences.

Selected Outputs

SELECTED PROJECTS

  • A pilot line of antibacterial and antifungal medical textiles based on a sonochemical process. This was a 4 year project aimed at scaling up a process for the coating of textiles with antibacterial nanoparticles. It involved 16 European partners and was highlighted as a highly successful project by the EU. Our role at Coventry was in both the optimisation of the production process and the evaluation of the antibacterial properties of the textiles produced.
  • The Investigation of Pollutant Retention by Tarmac Aquifa Pervious Pavements. In this work we investigated the pollutant retention properties of some of Tarmac Ltd permeable asphalt products. A set of test rigs was constructed using products supplied by Tarmac Ltd. Over the course of 18 months these rigs were dosed with contaminated road sediment and subjected to artificial rainfall. The effluent from the rigs was monitored for levels of heavy metals, oil and suspended solids that passed through the rigs.
  • Development of a Novel Magneto-Optical Biosensors for Malaria Diagnosis. The aim of this project was to develop a non-invasive device for the diagnosis of malaria. The project involved 7 European partners. Our role at Coventry University was to provide characterised test blood samples for calibrating and optimising the device developed at Exeter. The project has since received further funding at Exeter University from the Gates Foundation.
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Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

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