Rowena Jenkins

Rowena Jenkins

Rowena Jenkins is a Lecturer in Microbiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University, from which she received her MSc in Biomedical Science and Medical Microbiology and PhD, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her main research has focused on the antimicrobial effects of Manuka honey on potentially pathogenic microorganisms in healthcare and wound management. Cellular morphology, physiology, biofilm prevention/disruption, adhesion/invasion, virulence expression and proteomic/genetic expression profiles of organisms such as MRSA and P. aeruginosa have been studied in response to varying treatments with honey. The data generated by these in vitro studies help reveal how antimicrobial agents might be applied in clinical settings. Rowena is also exploring how novel antimicrobial agents can potentiate antibiotics already in use but whose effectiveness is now challenged by antimicrobial resistance.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK