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Professor Howard Jenkinson


I have worked for 25 years studying mechanisms by which microbes (bacteria and fungi) cause infections. My primary expertise is with Streptococcus bacteria, which cause dental decay, sore throat, ear infections, tonsillitis, meningitis, pneumonia and cardiovascular disease. I also research the fungus Candida which causes thrush, denture sore mouth, and infections in hospital that are often fatal. The aim of my research is to gain better understanding of the mechanisms by which these microbes cause disease. We use various laboratory models for our studies, trying to reproduce more or less exactly conditions within the human body. We then hope to identify vaccines or pharmaceuticals that will be able to target the essential disease-causing mechanisms and thus control infections by these microbial agents. I also have broader expertise internationally in microbiology having been editor for several scientific journals and a long-standing member on Council for the UK Society of General Microbiology.

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Key words

  • microbiology and medicine
  • Streptococcus
  • Candida
  • dentistry and microbiology
  • heart disease and infections
  • oral diseases
  • biofilms