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University of Lincoln
National Centre for Food Manufacturing
Holbeach Technology Park
Park Road
PE12 7PT
United Kingdom

About Nicola Crewe

I completed my degree in Microbiology at the University of Bristol in 1998, and continued my interest in the area of antibiotic resistance for my PhD in the University of Hertfordshire.  While completing my PhD thesis, I worked as Quality Manager in the UKAS accredited laboratory The Biodeterioration Centre, based within the University of Hertfordshire, and carried out teaching duties as an hourly paid lecturer on courses in the same University. In 2003, I was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. I have recently transferred to the National Centre for Food Manufacturing where I teach and research in the areas of food and water microbiology.  I have had a wide range of responsibilities during my time at Lincoln, including programme and module leadership and membership of School/College and University committees.

Subject Specialism

Food and water microbiology


  • PGCE in Post Compulsory Learning and Teaching — University of Lincoln, 2012
  • PhD Plasmid Stability: Measurement and Use in Antimicrobial Action — University of Hertfordshire, 2004
  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology — University of Bristol, 1998


  • Best Practice (Getting Started development) — University of Lincoln,
  • Teaching Excellence — University of Lincoln,
  • Inspiring Teacher of the Year — University of Lincoln Students’ Union,
  • Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award — University of Lincoln,
  • Enhancing the Student Experience (highly commended) — University of Lincoln Students’ Union,
  • Individual Merit Award (engaging with the community) — University of Lincoln,

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Research Interests

  • Food and water microbiology

Research Projects

  • Association of antibiotic resistance profiles with plasmid architecture in organisms isolated from a sewage treatment plant — awarded £1000 by SLSSSS in 2017
  • The impact of cohabitation on the similarity of colonisation of Staphylococcus spp. on skin and the impact this might have on the spread of MRSA — awarded £1000 by SLSSSS in 2017
  • The release of antimicrobial proteins from maggots and their action against Staphylococcus spp. — awarded £1000 by SLSSSS in 2016
  • Isolation and identification of fungi that produce antibiotic compounds — awarded £1000 by SLSSSS in 2016
  • Postgraduate student careers and employability — awarded £1400 by Fund for Educational Development in 2015
  • Polarising light microscopy for the study of membrane fluidity — awarded £1837 by Biochemical Society in 2014
  • Analysis of fibres recovered from the Velcro straps of children’s shoes — awarded £1000 by UROS in 2014
  • Further investigation into the usefulness of plasmid destabilisation against antibiotic resistance in bacteria — awarded £1000 by UROS in 2012
  • Stability systems of plasmids that confer antibiotic resistance, extracted from E. coli recovered from a natural body of water in Lincoln, UK — awarded £1847 by Society for General Microbiology in 2012
  • Determination of resistance to antibiotics within organisms isolated from a large body of fresh water — awarded £1000 by UROS in 2008
  • Forensic Fibres analysis; levels of fibres in the environment — awarded £600 by Nuffield Science Bursaries in 2007

Module Responsibilities

  • Module lead - Life Sciences Research Project — 2012 to 2018
  • Module lead - The Microbial World — 2017 to 2018

Professional Affiliations