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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Ross Williams

Ross was born in Cardiff and educated in the Rhondda leading to a first degree in Microbiology at UCW Aberystwyth. There he first encountered the wonders of the microbial world and the intricacies of genetics. Final year studies in microbial genetics led to research for a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast examining the genetic stability of E. coli, in particular the selective advantage conferred by the transposable insertion sequences, using continuous cultures. He returned to Aberystwyth to undertake postdoctoral studies developing gene transfer tools in the industrial bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum. Familiarity with broad-host-range plasmids led to several years’ postdoctoral work at the University of Birmingham dissecting the mechanism of plasmid partition, the stability system employed by plasmid RK2. In the last year at Birmingham, Ross broadened his interests undertaking research into heavy metal anion bioremediation using sulphate-reducing bacteria. At this point he was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Hertfordshire, teaching across a wide range of microbiology and molecular biology areas. Research in this period focussed on; the physiology of lactic acid production in continuous cultures; gene transfer systems in Lactococcus; and the use of continuous cultures for the measurement of plasmid stability. Three PhD students were supervised to completion. Research was also undertaken with a biotech company on the possibilities of using zeta potential (the charge on the surface of bacteria) as a diagnostic tool. Ross joined the company as Senior Scientist for around a year. In 2002 Ross was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the expanding University of Lincoln, teaching genetics, molecular biology and microbiology, initially on the forensic and biomedical degrees. Research has focused on: The effect of treatment on Propionibacterium acnes in acne patients; P.acnes bacteriphage and their products as potential therapeutics; Enterococcal bacteriocins as anti-Listeria agents; The environmental incidence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus; Forensic genetics of populations in Libya and Pakistan; Genetic polymorphisms associated with facial morphology; The epigenetics of aging. Four further PhD students have been supervised to completion.

Department Responsibilities

Admissions Tutor College Research Degrees Board Deputy Chair, University Extenuating Circumstances Panel Module co-ordinator: MSc modules, Advanced Forensic Biology, Fermentation Biotechnology PhD and Masters research supervisor

Subject Specialism

Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Forensic Science


  • Pg Cert (Learning and teaching in higher education) [SEDA] — University of Hertforshire, 1998
  • PhD — The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1987
  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology — University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1982


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy — HEA,

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Research Interests

  • Bacteriocins

  • bacteriophage

  • Forensic Genetics

  • Facial morphology

  • Plasmid Stability

  • Epigenetics of aging

Research Groups Memberships

  • Forensic Analysis
  • Molecular Basis of Disease

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Genetics Society — Member
  • Biochemical Society — Member