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Expert in Infectious Disease, Microbiology and Genomics

Expert ID: 729093 United Kingdom

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Expert's research interests focus on the bacterial cell surface. This focus is based on the philosophy that the bacterial cell surface offers a rich source of molecules which can be utilized and adapted to treat or prevent infections. Currently we have three major themes exploiting a range of experimental techniques to address fundamental questions in the biology of host-pathogen interactions: (1) Expert uses biochemical and biophysical methodologies to study the biogenesis of a group of proteins termed autotransporters, (2) Expert uses structural, biochemical and biophysical techniques to understand the basis for outer membrane biogenesis in Gram negative bacteria and (3) Expert uses molecular biology, cellular biology and immunological methodologies to study the interaction of Salmonella sp. with the host. As part of these investigations Expert Henderrson has developed translational partnerships several multinational pharmaceutical companies. In addition, Expert utilizes genome sequencing to appreciate the diversity and repertoire of surface proteins among gram-negative bacteria with a view to developing novel intervention strategies.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1997 Degree: PhD Subject: Molecular Microbiology Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Year: 1990 Degree: BSc Subject: Microbiology Institution: University College Dublin

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2001 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Responsibilities: He directs a group of twelve researchers with expertise spanning biophysics, biochemistry, structual biology, molecular biology, immunology and genomics. He teaches across all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Infection
He is an editor for several learned journals and Chair of the Bacterial Division of the Society for General Microbiology.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Employer: Queens University Belfast Title: Lecturer Department: Responsibilities: He was a research investigating infectious diseases.
He was a lecturer teaching mcirobiology to Medical students.
Years: 1996 to 2000 Employer: Center for Vaccine Development Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Department: Responsibilities: He was a postdoctoral research fellow investigatign mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and protein secretion with a view to vaccine development.
Years: 1990 to 1991 Employer: Wellcome Foundation Ltd Title: Research Assistant Department: Responsibilities: He was a research assistant investigating the biology of HIV and Influezae.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Society for General Microbiology;
American Society for Microbiology.
Professional Appointments
FEMS Microbiology Letters, Reviews Editor, 2004-present;
FEMS Microbiology Letters, Member of the Editorial Board, 2003-2004;
Microbiology, Associate Editor, 2005-2008;
Microbiology, Guest Editor, 2004-2005;
Member of the Science Foundation Ireland Research Grants Microbiology Panel, 2003-4;
MRC-CIHR Canada-UK workshop on “Beating the Bugs” to set up a new funding stream to support joint bids from infection researchers in the UK and Canada;
Society for General Microbiology, Prokaryotic Division Chair (and Chair-Elect), 2007-2011;
Society of General Microbiology, Convener of the Cell and Cell Surfaces Committee, 2005-2008;
Society of General Microbiology, Member of the Cell and Cell Surfaces Committee, 2001-2004.

Awards / Recognition
Universitas 21 Fellowship, 2010;
Medici Fellowship, 2009-2010;
Wellcome Value in People Award, 2009;
BBSRC International scientific exchange award, 2005-2007;
Wellcome Value in People Award, 2006;
Royal Society Award for New Lecturers, 2001;
SGM Young Microbiologist of the Year, 1996.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 75 publications and three recent book chapters.

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