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Dr Helen Brown

Dr Helen Brown

Research Associate

5F.03, University Dental Hospital, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XY


I am currently a Research Fellow at Cardiff University with a interest in multispecies biofilm formation and interactions within bacterial communities. My current research focuses on novel theraputics for control of chronic wound infections. In particular, I am interested in how interactions between common opportunistic pathogens such as Staphylococcus aurues and Pseudomonas aeruginosa withanaerobic members of the skin microbiota (for example Cutibacterium acnes) influence wound colonisation, biofilm formation and the porgression of infection.

I obtained my PhD at the Institute of Food Research, Norwich studying biofilm formation within the food chain by Campylobacter jejuni. I have since also worked on the use of natural antimicrobials to combat biofilm formation and the use of modified titanium surfaces to reduce bacterial attachment. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked for six years in drug development, performing cell based assays to assess biological safety and potency.


Professional memberships

  • Member of the Microbiology Society
  • Member of the Society for Applied Microbiology
  • Member of the UK Society for Extracellular Vesicles

Academic positions

  • 2019-present Research Associate, Cardiff University, Cardiff
  • 2018-2019 Reseach Fellow, University of Surrey, Guildford
  • 2016-2018 Research Associate, Cardiff University, Cardiff
  • 2015-2016 Research Associate, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff
  • 2011-2015 PhD student, Institute of Food Research, Norwich
  • 2004-2011 Scientific Officer, Covance Laboratories Ltd, Harrogate

Committees and reviewing

  • Editor, Access Microbiology
  • Member of Prokaryotic Division, Microbiology Society
  • State of Microbiology steering group, Microbiology Society
  • Member of Professional Development Comittee, Microbiology Society