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PhD, CSci, FIBMS

Biography

Val is Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; Visiting Professor of the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, Huddersfield University, UK; Visiting Professor of the Medical University, Perm, Russia: Technical Director of Microsan Ltd, a company producing natural cleaning products using essential oils and an Independent Microbiology Consultant of Essential Microbiology Ltd.

In her role as an independent microbiology consultant, work to now has included advising on single use plastics and its impact on infection control, the impact of UVC on reducing environmental decontamination, evaluation of an innovative method of microbial identification using FTIR (Fourier Tranformed Infra-red spectroscopy) , development of an innovative treatment for fungal nail infection, development of an on-line training programme for Legionella risk advice, antiseptic treatment of wound infection, biofilm based wound care, National Advisory Committee for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Wound care and Infection Control for Burn Centres.

A forty five year career in Microbiology, Val has twenty years experience in the NHS in diagnostic microbiology and twenty one years as an academic researcher. Her research interests are wound infection, toxic shock syndrome, alternative treatment strategies, essential oils as antimicrobial agents and rapid diagnosis of infection using mass spectrometry. She is consultant Microbiologist for the Channel TV show Embarrassing Bodies and frequently advises on anything microbiology for a variety of TV programmes and PR companies.

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