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Jess Rollason


  • 66 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile


I am currently a lecturer in Biomolecular Sciences at Coventry University. My research interests include Clinical Microbiology, Molecular Microbiology, Antimicrobial Therapy and Environmental Microbiology.

My recent projects include the association of Propionibacterium acnes with back pain and discitis, antimicrobial activity of natural compounds, the effect of antimicrobials upon bacterial virulence, molecular epidemiology of MRSA, bacterial population studies in wildfowl species and the effect of hydrocarbon based pollutants upon soil microbial diversity.

Science communication and community engagement is an important part of my academic career. During my PhD and Post-doctoral research at Aston University (2004-2010) I participated in the ‘Microbiology in Schools’ Scheme funded by the Wellcome Trust and played a key role in the establishment of the Postgraduate and Early Career Scientist Committee for the Society for Applied Microbiology. In addition, whilst at Aston University I played an on screen role in an 8 part television series called Grime Scene Investigation broadcast on BBC3 in 2006. At Coventry University I have continued to participate in Schools Liaisons and A Level Nuffield Bursary summer placements. I have also secured external funding from the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and the Society for Applied Microbiology, for undergraduate summer laboratory placements.

Vision Statement

The main focus of my current research is the association of the bacterium, Propionibacterium acnes, with lower back pain and lumbar discitis. The collaborative team includes Coventry University, Aston University, University Hospital NHS Trust Birmingham, the Spine Centre Southern Denmark and Queens University Belfast. This exciting and novel research has demonstrated a possible causal link between localised bacterial colonisation (Propionibacterium acne) in excised disc tissue from patients with discitis. Work is currently ongoing to determine the bacterial virulence mechanisms which may facilitate localised lumbar disc infections and associated pain.

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Research Output

  • 66 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 3 Poster
  • 1 Letter

Importance of Propionibacterium acnes hemolytic activity in human intervertebral discs: A microbiological study

Capoor, M. N., Ruzicka, F., Sandhu, G., Rollason, J., Mavrommatis, K., Ahmed, F. S., Schmitz, J. E., Raz, A., Bruggemann, H., Lambert, P. A., Fischetti, V. A. & Slaby, O., 29 Nov 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 11, 10 p., e0208144.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    15 Downloads (Pure)

    Antibiofilm activity of Prosopis africana and Uvaria chamae extracts against preformed biofilm of Clostridium difficile and Propionibacterium acnes strains

    Nden, H., Aldsworth, T., Beddow, J., Rollason, J., Paniwnyk, L., Acton, L. & Janneh, O., Jul 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Antimicrobial activity of selected herbal extracts against Propionibacterium acnes, the causative agent of skin acne lesions

    Nden, H., Aldsworth, T., Beddow, J., Paniwnyk, L., Rollason, J., Acton, L. & Janneh, O., Jul 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    22 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Participation in conference

    Antimicrobial Resistance in the Real World Integration Programme

    Igor Morozov (Chair), Lauren Acton (Organising Committee), Jess Rollason (Organising Committee)
    Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    Coventry Excellence Awards

    Igor Morozov (Recipient), Sharon Williams (Recipient), Jess Rollason (Recipient), Lauren Acton (Recipient) & Martin Cox (Recipient), 15 Jun 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)