Personal profile

Research Interests

Novel antibacterial agents; Biofilm development, and novel methods to prevent or interfere with this process; Population diversity and the interaction between this and environmental conditions


Tim’s first degree was a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Glasgow. After 1 year as a postgraduate research assistant at Oxford University, Tim returned to the University of Glasgow to undertake a PhD studentship developing an in-vitro model for biofilm development in the Dental School. Having completed his PhD studies, Tim moved to the University of Nottingham to take up a Postdoctoral Research Associate position with Professor Gordon Stewart and the Food Microbiology group there. Over an 11 year career with the Food Microbiology group at Nottingham, Tim undertook a variety of research projects, first with Professor Stewart and later with Professor Chris Dodd, before being appointed as a temporary Lecturer in Microbiology. To date, Tim has had 10 peer-reviewed papers and 3 articles published. He has also contributed to a chapter in Campbell-Platt’s “Food Science and Technology”, and has recently been invited to co-edit the 3rd edition of “Foodborne Diseases”. To date, Tim has won over £22K of external funding to support his research. In 2007 Tim became a Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology, and moved to Coventry University in this role in 2012. Tim was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Society for Applied Microbiology.

Area of Expertise:

Microbiology; Food Microbiology; Biotechnology

Vision Statement

My research is inspired by a desire to understand how microbial cells function, both alone and in community. The sheer variety of microbial cells, and their ability to respond to their environment is fascinating, as is the ability of some to cause disease whilst others prove extremely useful. I hope to contribute to our understanding of microbial interactions in biofilm communities, since these are the most common environment for bacteria, and to our ability to manage biofilms, since they can have significant medical, industrial and engineering implications.

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suicide Earth & Environmental Sciences
bioluminescence Earth & Environmental Sciences
free radical Earth & Environmental Sciences
antibiotics Earth & Environmental Sciences
bacterium Earth & Environmental Sciences
microbiology Earth & Environmental Sciences
epidemiology Earth & Environmental Sciences
starvation Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Output 1993 2012

Growth-phase related sensitivity to antibiotics; implications for therapy?

Aldsworth, T. 9 Sep 2009

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Metabolomic Response of Escherichia coli to Environmental Change

Aldsworth, T. 6 Jun 2006

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Activities 1998 2015

  • 6 Participation in conference

Society for Applied Microbiology summer 2015

Aldsworth, T. (Organising Committee)
29 Jun 20152 Jul 2015

Activity: Participation in conference


Aldsworth, T. (Speaker)
7 Jul 2007

Activity: Participation in conference


Aldsworth, T. (Speaker)
5 May 2004

Activity: Participation in conference


Aldsworth, T. (Speaker)
3 Mar 2002

Activity: Participation in conference


Aldsworth, T. (Speaker)
3 Mar 1999

Activity: Participation in conference