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 teach Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases across programmes within the School. My interdisciplinary research is focused on Infection Prevention and Control and Molecular Pathogen Diagnostics (using novel technologies) to help tackle the Global Healthcare Challenge of Anti Microbial Resistance (AMR). I am a recognised national expert in Anti Microbial Resistance and my knowledge exchange and policy activities contribute to help policy makers and the wider public enhance their understanding of AMR. I am passionate about public engagement and I regularly provide expert commentary in the areas of Infectious Diseases, COVID-19 transmission and AMR in local, national and international media.
Dr Joshi's professional YouTube Channel.
- In 2021 I was a Highly Commended Finalist for the 2021 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Engineering Heroes, Womens Engineering Society
- In 2020 I was shortlisted as "Most Innovative Teacher of the Year" at the national Times Higher Education Awards (THE2020)
- In 2019 I was nominated as an "Inspirational Woman in STEMM" at the regional Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards
- In 2018 I was awarded the Hind Rattan "Jewel of India" Award from the Indian Government (Non-Resident Indian Welfare Society of India) for diasporal achievements in research and academia within the UK.
- 2019: Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice with Distinction (PGCD)
- 2019: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- PhD Pharmacy "Pathogenicity and a bedside real-time detection assay for C. difficile in the faeces of hospitalised patients". Cardiff University
- BSc Microbiology Hons. Cardiff University
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
- Chair of Federation of Infection Societies (FIS) (National)
- AMR Advisory Group (National)
"Modern medicine is underpinned by antibiotic use, and it’s a huge issue that bacteria are becoming resistant. The phrase ‘your infection can’t be treated’ is a little too close to reality."
Dr Tina Joshi, Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences
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 am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have a 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.
Staff serving as external examiners
University of Bedfordshire. 2021- present. MSc Microbiology in Public Health.
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 (FETS), 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. 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 charities 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 COVID-19.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Current PhD students (Director of Studies)
Grants & contracts
University of Plymouth PhD Studentship. Establishment and Characterisation of human alveolar macrophage-like cell lines. Octobers 2018- onward. ~£68,000. Co- Investigator with Dr Gyorgy Fejer (PI), Professor Simon Jackson, Dr Ashwin Danda and Dr Chris Scotton. Student: Justyna Lopatecka.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Reports & invited lectures
- “Innovation in Point of Care Diagnostics” Invited Expert. July 2021. The Royal Society & Academy of Medical Sciences Scientific meeting. Advances in antimicrobial innovation.
- “Rise of Superbugs & COVID19” – Plymouth Probus Group. May 2020.
- "Development of rapid diagnostics for infections" Invited. University of Surrey. Exploiting the Potential of Rapid Diagnostic Test Technology conference, May 2019.
- "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)
- FIS 2021, Manchester; Federation of Infection Societies Conference (Microbiology Society)
Other academic activities
Media & Public Engagement:
- “A Sustainable Future: Antimicrobial Resistance Policy Report” 2020 Microbiology Society (AMR Advisory Group contributor)
- Baillie, L & Joshi L.T. EP2847348B1 A screening method for the detection of Clostridium difficile.