Dr Alan Edmondson
About Dr Alan Edmondson
Dr Alan Edmondson is a Principal Lecturer in microbiology within the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, he specialises in the areas of food and environmental microbiology. He coordinates microbiological consultancy projects and is responsible for the widening participation activities of the Faculty.
Prior to joining our University in 1989 Alan worked for several years in industry, in the development of novel wound dressings. His main research interests lie in the areas of food microbiology and environmental microbiology. He has had one successful PhD student, one successful MPhil student and one successful MRes student in the area of predictive microbiology. Work in this field has led to six journal publications, two book chapters and several conference presentations. Most of these publications have focussed on mathematical modelling of the fate of bacterial pathogens in foods.
He is currently supervising two PhD students researching into sustainable methods for providing safe drinking water in resource-poor situations. This cross-faculty work is being undertaken in association with colleagues in Malawi. This research has led to the production five conference presentations, one book chapter and four journal articles.
He is a member of the Society for Applied Microbiology and the Society of General Microbiology.
- BSc (Hons)
- BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
- MSc Biomedical Sciences
- BSc (Hons) Dietetics
- BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
- BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
- MSc Environmental Health
Current research is concerned with finding affordable, effective methods of purifying water from shallow wells which many villages in Malawi rely on. Countries such as Malawi do not have access to the chemicals used to treat water in other parts of the world, so alternatives, particularly the seeds of locally grown plants, are being investigated.
Another research project concerns biocementation, in which soil bacteria may be used to improve roads so that access to wells can be maintained in the rainy season.
These research projects have a large potential benefit for the local population in Malawi by reducing the incidence of waterborne diseases.