Dr Tina Joshi
Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology
School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Health)
- Infectious disease
- Molecular biology
- Antibiotic resistance
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I am a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology and Employability Coordinator within the School of Biomedical Sciences. I primarily teach Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases across programmes within the School. My interdisciplinary research is focussed on Infection Prevention and Control and Molecular Pathogen Diagnostics (using novel technologies) to help tackle the Global Healthcare Challenge of AntiMicrobial Resistance (AMR). I am passionate about public engagement and I regularly provide expert commentary in the areas of Infectious Diseases, COVID19 transmission and AMR in local, national and international media.
Dr Joshi's professional YouTube Channel.
After obtaining my BSc in Microbiology in 2008 at Cardiff University, I completed my PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Biosensor Diagnostics at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University in 2012 and patented the findings. I subsequently undertook several multidisciplinary postdoctoral projects exploring commercial development and translation of these biosensor technologies in collaboration with microwave engineers at Cardiff School of Engineering and industry partners. I translated the technology to detect a wide range of clinical pathogens while gaining teaching experience. I joined the University of Plymouth in 2017 as a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology where I have successfully built an independent research group and strong national and international collaborations focussing on Microbial Diagnostics for AMR and Infection Control.
Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (FIBMS); Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA); Member of Royal Society of Biology (MRSB); Member of Society for Applied Microbiology; Member of Microbiology Society; Member of Antibiotic Research UK; Member of Healthcare Infection Society; Member of American Society for Microbiology, British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.
Roles on external bodies
I teach infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, molecular diagnosis of microbial infections, infection control and bacterial genomics at UG and PG level in the School of Biomedical Sciences. I achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019 and the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice with Distinction (PGCD). I encourage an open and relaxed learning environment where students feel able and comfortable to ask questions and enjoy learning.
Rapid point of care detection of Antimicrobial Resistant (AMR) bacteria
Tina is an expert in the development of novel ultra-rapid point-of-care diagnostics for detection of infections (featured on BBC One's "The Truth about Antibiotics"). She is developing an international reputation of excellence within this area. Tina's wealth of multidisciplinary experience (<12 years) lies specifically in the areas of novel microwave-enhanced rapid diagnostics for microbial detection and DNA extraction, combined with the newest developments in molecular biology. She has honed these multidisciplinary skills during her Ph.D placement at the Institute of Fluorescence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country, USA with global experts in novel rapid diagnostics. Areas of expertise include: Clostridioides difficile, Bacillus anthracis; AMR pathogens; Field effect transistors, thin-film transistors, application of Microwave engineering to molecular biology, aptamer design, aptamer-functionalisation of nanoparticles, microwave-accelerated metal enhanced fluorescence, microbial bioinformatics and biosensor development.
Infection Prevention and Control & Microbicides
Tina has a strong interest in infection control and this research looks to understand how biocide use can affect the genomic and phenotypic properties of viruses, bacteria and spores. A key theme is Clostridioides difficile spore persistence and transfer across fomites and clinical environments. Recently her research into Clostridium difficile spore resistance to chlorine and persistence on hospital gowns has made UK and international news. The paper has been published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2019). Areas of expertise: Category 2 and 3 pathogens, biocide testing, molecular microbiology, DNA sequencing, industry collaborations. Tina also provides expert consultancy in these areas.
Tina is passionate about public engagement and knowledge mobilisation. To this end she is collaborating with local Plymouth charity Well Connected to produce Infection Control and hygiene learning resources for adults with learning difficulties. She is also working with the School of Psychology to examine impacts and public opinions of AMR and COVID19.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Grants & contracts
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Reports & invited lectures
“Rise of Superbugs & COVID19” – Plymouth Probus Group. May 2020.
"Rise of Superbugs" at Swansea University, Institute of Life Science, November 2019.
"Rise of Superbugs" at Plymouth Athenaeum, Plymouth October 2019.
"Antibiotic Resistance: Tackling an emerging problem". British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy South West. March 2019.
“Antimicrobial Resistance: Why is it important?” Invited Expert Panel Member, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Oct 2018.
"Science and the Assembly- Antimicrobial Resistance". Invited Expert Panel. Detection of Antimicrobial Resistance. Now and the Future. National Assembly of Wales, Royal Society of Chemistry, June 2017.
Soapbox Science Plymouth - Yearly (Organising Committee)
Other academic activities
Media & Public Engagement:
Baillie, L & Joshi L.T. EP2847348B1 A screening method for the detection of Clostridium difficile.
I am part of "Inspiring the Future" and am a STEM Ambassador. I continue to mentor students with their prospective scientific career choices and am heavily involved in varying Women in Science mentorship schemes. I am interested in advancing equality across HE, specifically with regard to Race Equality (Race Equality Charter) and Gender Equality through the Athena Swan Charter at the University of Plymouth. I also work with Charity Well Connected to promote general hygiene and antibiotic awareness.