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Jess Rollason

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  • 54 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
20082016
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Biography

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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Propionibacterium acnes Medicine & Life Sciences
Publications Medicine & Life Sciences
Spine Medicine & Life Sciences
Prospective Studies Medicine & Life Sciences
Infection Medicine & Life Sciences
Bacteria Chemical Compounds
Skin Chemical Compounds
Fusidic Acid Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 2008 2016

  • 54 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Letter
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Publications
Spine
Prospective Studies
Infection
26 Citations

Genotypic and Antimicrobial Characterisation of Propionibacterium acnes Isolates from Surgically Excised Lumbar Disc Herniations

Rollason, J., McDowell, A., Albert, H. B., Barnard, E., Worthington, T., Hilton, A. C., Vernallis, A., Patrick, S., Elliott, T. & Lambert, P. 2013 In : BioMed Research International. 2013, 530382

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Propionibacterium acnes
Bacteria
Skin
Fusidic Acid
Biopsy
5 Citations

The need for continued monitoring of antibiotic resistance patterns in clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus from London and Malta

Gould, S. W. J., Cuschieri, P., Rollason, J., Hilton, A. C., Easmon, S. & Fielder, M. D. 21 Jul 2010 In : Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials. 9, 20, p. 9-20

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15 Citations

Epidemiology of community-acquired meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus obtained from the UK West Midlands region

Rollason, J., Bastin, L., Hilton, A. C., Pillay, D. G., Worthington, T., McKeon, C., De, P., Burrows, K. & Lambert, P. A. Dec 2008 In : Journal of Hospital Infection. 70, 4, p. 314-320

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
8 Citations

UK epidemic strains of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in clinical samples from Malta

Gould, S. W. J., Rollason, J., Hilton, A. C., Cuschieri, P., McAuliffe, L., Easmon, S. L. & Fielder, M. D. Nov 2008 In : Journal of Medical Microbiology. 57, 11, p. 1394-1398

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Participation in conference

Antimicrobial Resistance in the Real World Integration Programme

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

Activity: Participation in conference