|Position:||Head of Graduate School|
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Andrew commenced in the role as Head of Graduate School in October 2016, when the new single Graduate School at RGU was formed. Having obtained a PhD in microbiology from the University of Aberdeen in the early 1990s and following a period of postdoctoral study, Andrew moved to a lectureship post in microbiology at RGU. In the time since joining the university he has served periods as senior lecturer and reader and most recently joined the Graduate School. In this new post Andrew will be working with the postgraduate research students and their Host Schools to create a vibrant learning environment and provide excellent research opportunities.
In addition to being a Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology Andrew is a member of the Microbiology Society, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and he was recently awarded Chartered Science Teacher status. Since becoming a Member of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences he has taken over the Chair of the Focus Group on Microbiology and Anti-infectives.
Andrew has successfully supervised several PhD and Masters students to completion, and was awarded the BBSRC sponsored Training and Accreditation Programme for Postgraduate Supervisors Scheme Certificate of Accreditation in 2003. Additionally, Andrew is a very experienced internal and external examiner having undertaken examinations for research students at RGU and several other institutions. Andrew has organised several external scientific conferences and symposia for the Royal Society of Biology, the Microbiology Society and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as research meetings and conferences in Aberdeen.
Duties and Responsibilities
Andrew and the team of staff working in the Graduate School are involved in coordinating the administrative processes around postgraduate research students, from initial application and induction, participation with the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods programme, to the final viva voce oral examination and graduation. This is achieved in close liaison with the academic supervisory teams and the host Schools in which the research students are situated.
With over 25 years teaching experience, Andrew has taught many subjects in biological sciences, with a specific focus on microbiology. Since obtaining a postgraduate certificate in tertiary level teaching Andrew has been a member of the Higher Education, Learning and Teaching programme management team for more than 10 years. He continues to teach Medical Microbiology to undergraduate Biomedical Sciences students.
Andrew’s current research interests cover particular aspects of bacteriology and antimicrobial agents as detailed below in collaboration with Dr Noelle O’Driscoll (School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, RGU). PhD research project opportunities are available in these areas:
- Development of novel antimicrobial wound dressings - This has involved development of a novel vehicle for topical application of antibacterials for wound healing, in collaboration with Dr Kerr Matthews (Pharmacy & Life Sciences).
- Identification of novel antibacterial agents -A recent development is the search for natural products from bacterial soil isolates that display antibacterial activity.
- Investigation of antibacterial activity of cationic antibacterial agents and the role of biofilms in mediating resistance - With colistin a last line salvage clinical therapy the action of this agent upon Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa is being examined. The work is examining the role of biofilms of these species in facilitating spread of resistance.
- Bacterial Contamination within Clean Room Environments - this project has been undertaken to investigate the level and nature of bacterial contamination of clean room operatives and their sterile clothing.
- Veterinary Use of Antimicrobials - Despite colistin being a last line therapy for resistant strains of P. aeruginosa, veterinary use of this antibiotic is almost unrestricted and we are interested in exploring this aspect further.
T.P.T. Cushnie, N.H. O’Driscoll and A.J. Lamb (2016) Morphological and ultrastructural changes in bacterial cells as an indicator of antibacterial mechanism of action. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. In Press
N.H. O’Driscoll, O. Labovitiadi and A. J. Lamb (2015). Evaluation of the practice of veterinary pharmacy. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 7, 606-613. Doi.org/10.1016/j.cptl.2015.06.017
N.H. O’Driscoll, O. Labovitiadi, T.P.T. Cushnie, K.H. Matthews, D.K. Mercer, and A. J. Lamb (2014) Potassium loss from chlorhexidine-treated bacterial pathogens is time- and concentration-dependent and variable between species. Current Microbiology, 68, 6–11. doi 10.1007/s00284-013-0433-3
P.J. Mugisha, S.B. Abdel Ghani, E. Gado, J. Wilcox, E.O. Medu, A.J. Lamb, and R. C. D. Brown (2013) Convenient one-pot synthesis of chromone derivatives and their antifungal and antibacterial evaluation. Synthetic Communications, 43 (11), 1549-1556. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00397911.2011.647222
N.H. O’Driscoll, O. Labovitiadi, T.P.T. Cushnie, K.H. Matthews, D.K. Mercer, and A. J. Lamb (2013) Production and evaluation of an antimicrobial peptide-containing wafer formulation for topical application. Current Microbiology, 66, 271-278. doi:10.1007/s00284-012-0268-3