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Dr Alison Kelly

School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Principal Lecturer in Microbiology


Microbiology became tangible once I started work as an Assistant Scientific Officer at the Institute of Food Research, Reading within the rapid methods section of the microbiology department. At IFR I worked on a variety of projects investigating rapid isolation and detection methods for category 2 food-borne pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella species. The institute was a forwarding thinking employer and it was common for those without specialist qualifications to achieve these on a part time basis whilst working. In this manner I achieved my first degree whilst I subsequently completed my PhD at Reading University before joining Kingston in 2005 as a lecturer. I am Field Leader for Biosciences within the School of Life Sciences as well as course director for the 'Biology suite' of degrees here at Kingston (Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Human Biology). Originally a food microbiologist/microbial physiologist, I currently pursue medical and veterinary areas of research through research students.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2006 - 2008 PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Dist), Kingston University
  • 1995 - 1999 PhD in Microbiology, The University of Reading
  • 1989 - 1994 BSc (Hons) Biology and Food Science and Nutrition (First class), Oxford Brookes University

Research Interests

Research interests include;
» Screening novel compounds for antimicrobial activity
» Bacterial pathogenicity
» Phylogenetic epidemiology
» Zoonotic and neglected diseases

I am director of studies for a PhD student as well as an MRes student (submitted); in addition I am and have been involved as co-supervisor to a number of research students (both PhD and MRes) here at Kingston and at collaborators labs.

Teaching Area

Microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy on the following modules; LS2110 Microbiology LS3010 Medical Microbiology LS3390 Chemotherapy of Infectious Disease HC3017 Contemporary Issues in Food and Nutrition LSM064 Structure, Taxonomy and Classification of Microorganisms of Medical Importance LSM068 Microorganisms in Health and Disease LSM069 Control of Infectious Disease LSM070 Microbiology in Clinical Practice

Other Professional Activity

A member of the Society for Applied Microbiology, having recently finished a term as an executive committee member (July 2012)


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