Senior Technician (Biomedical Research Laboratories)

School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Health)



Senior Technician (Biomedical Research Laboratories)


BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, Plymouth University

PhD (microbiology), Plymouth University. Thesis title 'Biofilm Formation and Control in a Novel Man-Made Warm Water Distribution System'

National general certificate of occupational safety and health (NEBOSH; credit)

Registered Scientist (IST)

Registered Biosafety practitioner (Institute of Safety in Technology in Research)

Professional membership

Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM)

Institute of Science and Technology (IST)



Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Previously on supervisory team of three PhD students- all successfully completed

Grants & contracts

£50,000- Dart Valley Systems/ Health and Safety Executive/ Plymouth University. 'Microbial Contamination of Water System Components (including TMVs)'- Principal Investigator

£2200- John Guest Limited (Principal investigator)

£3500- South West Water Limited (Principal Investigator)

£2500- Students into Work grant, awarded by Society for Applied Microbiology (Principal Investigator)




Abid, A., Ringo, E., Davies, S. J., Waines, P.L., Bradley, G. & Merrifield D.L.(2014) First report on the autochthonous gut microbiota of brown trout (Salmo trutta Linnaeus). Aquaculture Research, pp.1-10 (available online)

Abid, A., Davies, S. J., Waines, P.L., Emery, M., Castex, M., Gioacchini, G., Carnevali, O., Bickerdike, R., Romero, J. (2014) Dietary synbiotic application modulates Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) intestinal microbial communities and intestinal immunity. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 35, 1948-1956.

Al‐Hisnawi, A., Rodiles, A., Rawling, M. D., Castex, M., Waines, P., Gioacchini, G., Merrifield, D. L. (2019). Dietary probiotic Pediococcus acidilactici MA18/5M modulates the intestinal microbiota and stimulates intestinal immunity in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, 50(6), 1133-1151. doi:10.1111/jwas.12642

Hussein, K. R., Waines, P. L., Nisr, R. B., Glegg, G., Bradley, G. (2014) Development and use of Bacteroides 16S rRNA polymerase chain reaction assay for source tracking dog faecal pollution in bathing waters. Hydrology Current Research, 5, 163.

Li, B., Pan, G., Avent, N. D., Lowry, R. B., Madgett, T. E., Waines, P. L. (2015) Graphene electrode modified with electrochemically reduced graphene oxide for label-free DNA detection. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, pp. 313-319.

Waines P. L., Moate R., Moody A.J., Allen M. & Bradley G. (2011) The effect of material choice on biofilm formation in a model warm water distribution system. Biofouling, 10, 1161-74.


Zhou, Z. , Yao, B. , Waines P. L., Ringø E., Emery M., & Merrifield D.L. (2014) Methodological approaches to assess microbial communities. In: Aquaculture Nutrition: Gut Health, Probiotics and Prebiotics . Edited by D. L. Merrifield.



Conferences organised

Legionella Research Conference, Plymouth University, U.K., November 2010 (in conjunction with Dart Valley Systems Ltd.)