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    rdixon@lincoln.ac.uk
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    Dr Ron Dixon

    Reader

    School of Life Sciences
    College of Science

    About Ron Dixon

    I have worked in both private and public sectors, initially at Beecham Pharmaceuticals Research Division as a Senior Microbiologist where I was involved in the discovery and development of Temocillin™, Augmentin™ and Mupirocin™. I gained an MSc in Medical Microbiology at the University of Surrey and from 1982-1986 undertook PhD studies on ‘the effects of cyclic peptides such as Polymyxin B and PMBN on Escherichia coli’ in the lab of Professor Ian Chopra at the University of Bristol. I continued at the University of Bristol Medical School working as a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Professor Geoff Turner, studying the molecular genetics of the fungus Aspergillus nidulans. During this time I taught on undergraduate and post-graduate courses and supervised research students. I took up a Lectureship in Microbiology at the University of Bradford in 1990 and for 10 years was involved in molecular studies of various pathogens and the mode of action of antibiotics such as the cyclic peptides. As a Senior Lecturer, I developed interests in palaeomicrobiology and my ancient DNA work included the diagnosis of tuberculosis in antiquity. For the last 10 years I have continued to research in the infectious diseases; particularly the mode of action and resistance of antibiotics, and DNA diagnostics of infection in medical, forensic and archaeological contexts from both industrial and academic perspectives. I had various management roles in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Bradford including undergraduate and postgraduate admissions officer. In 2000 I was appointed Deputy Head of Biological and Food Sciences at Lincoln and was the Head of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences 2005-2012.

    Department Responsibilities

    Reader in Biomedical Sciences responsible for Student Employability. Teaching & examining in Biomedical & Forensic Science, Biology & Bio-veterinary Science. Supervison of Postgraduate students

    Subject Specialism

    microbiology, molecular biology, pharmaceutical science & biotechnology

    Qualifications

    • BSc (CNAA), MSc (Surrey) PhD (Bristol) FHEA, FIBMS, C Biol. FRSB.

    Awards

    • P I for KTP award (Arden Wood Shavings Ltd £330,000 (2011-2017) — Innovate UK
    • Pharmaceutical Research Gift £50,000 + 60% government matched funding (2010 - to date)
    • P I for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS trust and the University of Lincoln collaborative research
    • P I for Applied Biomedical Sciences degree £738,000 (2007-2012)

    Professional Affiliations

    • Royal Society of Biology — Fellow/Chair of East Midlands Branch
    • American Society of Microbiology — member
    • British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy — Member
    • Forensic Science Society — Member
    • Microbiology Society — Member
    • Society for Applied Microbiology. — Member

    External Activities and Consultancy

    External Examiner University of Durham (2015-2019)
    External Examiner University of Derby (2016-2019)
    Arden Biotechnology

    Conference contributions 2011 onwards

    1) Brown JC and Dixon RA (2016) Comparison of Clostridium perfringens toxin genes from broiler chickens deemed healthy and those with clinical and subclinical enteritis Anaerobe,  Nashville US (P)

    2) Brown JC, Frend F and Dixon RA (2016) Identification of Bacteriophage from the Gastrointestinal Tract of Healthy Broiler Chickens Lytic Against Pathogenic Isolates of Clostridium perfringens Bacteriophage 2016 London (P)

    3) Dixon RA (2015) Forensic microbiology: the interface of infections and illicit drug use.  3rd International Meeting on Forensic Science and Criminal Behaviour,  Lisbon (T)

    4) Brown JC, Frend F and Dixon RA (2015) Development of PCR ribotyping as a diagnostic tool for discriminating Clostridium perfringens from the poultry environment. 1st International Meeting on Necrotic Enteritis Copenhagen (abstract)

    5) Brown JC and Dixon RA (2015) Poultry and their farm environments show increased contamination by Clostridium perfringens in the United Kingdom – Federation of European Microbiological Societies FEMS Maastricht (P)

    6) Gillett A, Skipper P and Dixon RA (2014) Galleria mellonella- an in vivo model for assessing the synergistic effects of macrolides with colistin or polymyxin against Acinetobacter baumannii Society of Microbiology meeting London UK (P)

    7) Daramola BA, Williams DR and Dixon RA (2014)  Control of Vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination in the blue mussel (Mytilis edulis) by low numbers of vibriophages (P)  Alternatives to antibiotics: Euroscicon London UK

    8) Gillett A, Skipper P and Dixon RA (2014) Galleria mellonella- an in vivo model for assessing the synergistic effects of macrolides with colistin or polymyxin against Acinetobacter baumannii ESCMID Vienna

    9) Gillett A, Crewe N and Dixon RA (2014) Galleria mellonella- an in vivo model for assessing the synergistic effects of macrolides with colistin or polymyxin against Acinetobacter baumannii.  Society for General Microbiology Meeting, Liverpool UK (P)

    10) Dixon RA, Thompson A, Cheswick RA, Crewe NJ (2014) Impact of ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae polluting a pristine river from a waste water treatment plant in the United Kingdom.  American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Boston USA (P).

    11) Daramola BA, Williams DR and Dixon RA (2014) Vibriophages control Vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination in the blue mussel (Mytilis edulis): in vitro and in vivo studies.  Edinburgh UK (P).

    12) Skipper PA, Gillett and Dixon RA (2013) Clinically relevant polyculture biofilm produces protective environments for the development of resistance FEBS conference:  Eurobiofilms 3rd International conference on microbial biofilms.  Ghent, Belgium (P)

    13) Cheswick RA, Crewe NJ, and Dixon RA (2013) Extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae discharged from a waste water treatment plant into a pristine river in the United Kingdom. FEMS Conference Leipzig Germany (P)

    14) Elmrghni S, Dixon RA and Williams DR (2012) Genetic analysis of the Libyan population living in Benghazi 22nd Congress of the International academy of Legal Medicine (IALM) Istanbul (P)

    15) Ali N, Elmrghni S, Dixon RA and Williams DR (2012) Genetic variations of 15 autosomal STR loci in an immigrant population in the UK and its comparison with the origin population in Pakistan 22nd Congress of the International academy of Legal Medicine (IALM) Istanbul (P)

    16) Cotton C,  Baron and Dixon RA (2012) Silver Nanoparticles: Antibacterial Potential and Applications Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICCAC), San Francisco (P)

    17) Mee, KJ Williams DR, Dixon RA (2012) Nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus (SA) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus within a UK University population.  ISSSI meeting Lyon France (P)

    18) Daramola B, Williams DR and Dixon RA (2012) Improved detection of environmental Vibrio parahaemolyticus by the use of chromogenic media Hot topics in Food Microbiology.  BRI Campden (T)

    19) Dixon RA (2012) Anticipating new threats to public health by antibiotic resistant bacteria in water. 2nd European Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Prevention, Vilnius, Lithuania (T)

    20) Ali N, Dixon RA and Williams DR (2012a) Genetic variation in an immigrant population and comparison with an origin population using STR DNA profiling Postgraduate symposium Forensic Science Society Warwick

    21) Ali N, Dixon RA and Williams DR (2012b) Genetic variation in an immigrant population (British Pakistanis) and comparison with an origin population using STR DNA profiling.  6th FORSTAT conference, Edinburgh (T)

    22) Ali N, Dixon RA and Williams DR (2012c) Genetic variation in an immigrant population (British Pakistanis) and comparison with an origin population using STR DNA profiling.  8th National FORREST conference Dundee

    23) Ali N, Dixon RA and Williams DR (2012d) Forensic DNA analysis in an immigrant population and population databases Annual postgraduate conference, Lincoln (T)

    24) Miller C and Dixon RA (2012) Antimicrobial peptides old and new: a comparative visualisation study AMP2012 Lille France

    25) Dixon RA, Gillett A, Cotton C, and Baron M (2012) Activity of silver nanoparticles against MRSA tested in a Galleria mellonella model of infection. International Conference on Antimicrobial Research, Lisbon, Portugal (P)

    26) Elmrghni S, Dixon RA and Williams DR (2011) Genetic data provided by 15 autosomal STR loci in the Libyan population living in Benghazi UK meeting of Libyan students;  Cardiff University (P)

    27) Elmrghni S, Dixon RA and Williams DR (2011) Genetic data provided by 15 autosomal STR loci in the Libyan population living in Benghazi NTU FORREST (P)

    28) Cotton G and Dixon RA (2011)  Recovery of ‘ancient’ microbes from amber – an experimental approach NTU FORREST (P) 

    29) Dixon RA and Baron M (2011) A novel silver colloid: assessment of antibacterial activity ECCMID /ICC Milan(T)

    30) Elmrghni S, Dixon RA and Williams DR (2011) Genetic analysis for 17 Y-chromosomal STR loci in a population from eastern Libya (Benghazi region). 24th Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics. Vienna (P)

    31) Cotton G and Dixon RA (2011)  Recovery of ‘ancient’ microbes from amber – an experimental approach UBGS meeting UCLAN Preston (P)

    32) Dixon RA and Fowler G (2011) Can forensic archaeology and molecular biology unlock the secrets of infant mortality? Archaeological scientific investigation in antiquity.”  Society of Biology annual meeting - University of Bradford (T)

    33) Dixon RA (2011) Forensic science and Lincolnshire’s Archaeological collections In Science and Archaeology: New applications Lincolnshire Society for History and Archaeology: Archaeology Day: University of Lincoln (T)

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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