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Dr. Stuart Allen

  • Job title: Leader in Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences
  • Department: Health - Sport & Exercise

General information

Professional/Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Biology (Portsmouth 1996)
  • PhD in Molecular Biology (Warwick 1999)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice (PCAPP) (Warwick 2008)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision (Northampton 2010)
  • The title of the PhD thesis: Isolation and characterisation of a novel histone acetyltransferase complex

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching

  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics and Immunology

Module leader

  • HLS1013 - Health and Disease 1
  • HLS3009 - Immunology and Health
  • HLS4008/9/10 - Dissertation

Module contribution

  • HLS1012 - Intergrated Physiology
  • HLS1003 - Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • HLS2002 - Biological Basis of Behaviour
  • HLS1014 - Research Skills in Biology

Postgraduate Teaching

  • MSc Human Bioscience
  • MSc Public Health

Research

Using advanced molecular biology techniques, we hope to isolate candidate genes that are involved in the 'resistance' of antimicrobials. Novel antimicrobials have been developed at the University and are effective against certain bacteria and fungi. Some bacteria and fungi are less well affected by the antimicrobial and this is thought to be due to altered gene regulation. Similarly, affected organisms show a form of resistance over time to the antimicrobial. We hope to isolate genes that have altered transcript levels to determine the mechanisms involved in the 'resistance' phenotype.

The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe are also used as a model organism. This line of research involves analysis of an interesting phenotype observed in mating experiments. Strains harbouring genetic modification in cell division genes show this altered phenotype. Our research aims to address this by means of rescuing the phenotype using genetic cross to establish genes involved in the regulation of cell division. This research is in collaboration with the University of Warwick.

Publications

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2016

  1. Santos, L. M. D., Allen, S. C. H. and Antunes, A. P. M. (2016) Optimization of enzyme-assisted phenolic reactions applied to thermal stabilization of collagen using response surface methodology. Journal of American Leather Chemists Association. 111, pp. 53-61. 0002-9726.

2015

  1. Melo dos Santos, L., Allen, S. C. H. and Antunes, A. P. M. (2015) Enzyme-assisted vegetable tanning using bovine hide powder. Invited Presentation presented to: 118th Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists (SLTC) Conference 2015, The University of Northampton, Northampton, UK, 25 April 2015.
  2. Sewell, D., Allen, S. C. H. and Phillips, C. A. (2015) Oxygen limitation induces acid tolerance and impacts simulated gastro-intestinal transit in Listeria monocytogenes J0161. Gut Pathogens. 7(11) 1757-4749.

2014

  1. Adukwu, E., Allen, S. C. H. and Phillips, C. A. (2014) A comparison of the sensitivity of four Staphylococcus aureus isolates to two chlorine-based disinfectants and an eco-friendly commercially available cleaning agent. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 0960-3123.
  2. Sinclair, J. M., Allen, S. C. H., Davis, L., Goodchild, T., Messenger, J. and Turner, S. J. (2014) Enhancing student employability skills through partnership working in STEM outreach: the University of Northampton approach. Paper presented to: Higher Education Academy (HEA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 3rd Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey, University of Edinburgh, 30 April-01 May 2014.

2013

  1. Adukwu, E., Allen, S. C. H. and Phillips, C. A. (2013) Comparison of the effect of grapefruit essential oil on gene expression of two Staphylococcus aureus isolates in biofilms. Invited Presentation presented to: 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM 2013), Denver, USA, 18-21 May 2013.
  2. Woolford, J., Allen, S. C. H. and Phillips, C. A. (2013) DGGE and qRT-PCR comparison of wild-type and chitosan "adapted" isolates of Campylobacter jejuni NCTC 11168. Poster presented to: 17th International Workshop on Campylobactero, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO), Aberdeen, UK, 15-19 September 2013.
  3. Lama, A., Bates, M. P., Covington, A. D., Allen, S. C. H. and Antunes, A. P. M. (2013) Methods of isolation and identification of pathogenic and potential pathogenic bacteria from skins and tannery effluents. Journal of the American Leather Chemists Association. 108(2), pp. 48-62. 0002-9726.
  4. Sewell, D., Allen, S. C. H. and Phillips, C. A. (2013) The effects of low oxygen and low temperature pre-conditioning on the response of listeria monocytogenes FSL R2 -499 to decontaminating agents. Invited Presentation presented to: 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Denver, Colorado, USA, 18-21 May 2013.
  5. Adukwu, E., Allen, S. C. H. and Phillips, C. A. (2013) The susceptibility of a PVL-negative Staphylococcus aureus isolate to antibiotics and essential oils. Invited Presentation presented to: 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM 2013), Denver, USA, 18-21 May 2013.

2012

  1. Adukwu, E., Allen, S. C. H. and Phillips, C. A. (2012) Antimicrobial activity of lemongrass essential oil (cymbopogon flexuosus) against staphylococcus aureus biofilms. Poster presented to: 112th American Society for Microbiology General Meeting (ASM2012), San Francisco, Califorina, USA, 16-19 June 2012.
  2. Woolford, J., Allen, S. C. H. and Phillips, C. A. (2012) Antimicrobial effects of chitosan against Campylobactor jejui NCTC 11168. Poster presented to: 23rd International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene of the IUMS (ICFMH) Symposium, FoodMicro 2012, Istanbul, Turkey, 03-07 September 2012.
  3. Woolford, J., Allen, S. C. H. and Phillips, C. A. (2012) Antimicrobial efficiency of low molecular weight chitosan against Campylobacter jejuni NCTC 11168. Invited Presentation presented to: Society for Applied Microbiology (SFAM) Summer Conference 2012, Edinburgh, UK, 02-05 July 2012.
  4. Lama, A., Allen, S. C. H., Attenburrow, G. E., Bates, M. P., Covington, A. D. and Antunes, A. P. M. (2012) Survival and growth of Bacillus cereus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus in extreme environments present during the early stages of a conventional leather making process. Journal of American Leather Chemists Association. 107(6), pp. 186-195. 0002-9726.
  5. Adukwu, E., Allen, S. C. H. and Phillips, C. A. (2012) The anti-biofilm activity of lemongrass (cymbopogon flexussus) and grapefruit (citrus paradisi) essential oils against five strains of staphylococcus aureus. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 113(5), pp. 1217-1227. 1365-2672.
  6. Phillips, C. A., Laird, K. and Allen, S. C. H. (2012) The use of Citri-V™® - an antimicrobial citrus essential oil vapour for the control of Penicillium chrysogenum, Aspergillus niger and Alternaria alternata in vitro and on food. Food Research International. 47(2), pp. 310-314. 0963-9969.

2011

  1. Lama, A., Attenburrow, G. E., Bates, M. P., Covington, A. D., Allen, S. C. H. and Antunes, A. P. M. (2011) Methods of isolation and identification of pathogenic and potential pathogenic bacteria from animal skins and tannery effluents. Paper presented to: XXXI International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) Congress, Valencia, Spain, 27-30 September 2011. Also delivered as an Oral presentation at this conference
  2. Lama, A., Attenburrow, G. E., Bates, M. P., Covington, A. D., Allen, S. C. H. and Antunes, A. P. M. (2011) Microorganisms: growth in the tannery. Leather International. 213(4816), p. 48. 1473-6314.

2010

  1. Allen, S. C. H., Ollerton, J., Murray, T. and Wayne, S. (2010) A new 3D immersive environment for visualising biological data. Paper presented to: Biological Sciences Research Council/Arts & Humanities Research Council (BBSRC/AHRC) Workshop on The Challenges of Visualising Data, Bristol, England, 16-17 November 2010.
  2. Li, S., Spooner, R. A., Allen, S. C. H., Guise, C. P., Ladds, G., Schnoder, T., Schmitt, M. J., Lord, J. M. and Roberts, R. M. (2010) Folding-competent and folding-defective forms of Ricin A Chain have different fates after retrotranslocation from the Endoplasmic Reticulum. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 21(15), pp. 2543-2554. 1059-1524.
  3. Phillips, C. A., Laird, K. and Allen, S. C. H. (2010) The effect of an essential oil vapour on the growth of Penicillium chrysogenum, Aspergillus niger and Alternaria alternata in vitro and on food. Paper presented to: 15th International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, 22-26 August 2010.

2009

  1. Lama, A., Allen, S. C. H., Attenburrow, G. E., Bates, M. P., Covington, A. D. and Antunes, A. P. M. (2009) The impact of beamhouse processes on bacterial growth. In: XXX Congress of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies: Proceedings. Beijing, China: China Leather Industry Association. p. 332.

2007

  1. Allen, S. C. H., Moore, K. A. H., Marsden, C. J., Fulop, V., Moffat, K. G., Lord, J. M., Ladds, G. and Roberts, L. M. (2007) The isolation and characterisation of temperature dependant ricin A chain mutants in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. FEBS Journal. 274(21), pp. 5586-5599. 1742-464X.

2005

  1. Allen, S. C. H., Byron, A., Lord, J. M., Davey, J., Roberts, L. M. and Ladds, G. (2005) Utilisation of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae for the generation and isolation of non-lethal ricin A chain variants. Yeast. 22(16), pp. 1287-1297. 0749-503X.

2003

  1. Allen, S. C. H. and Hebbes, T. R. (2003) Myb induced myeloid protein 1 (Mim-1) is an acetyltransferase. FEBS Letters. 534(1), pp. 119-124. 0014-5793.

2002

  1. Allen, S. C. H., Barrett, C. M., Ray, N. and Robinson, C. (2002) Essential cytoplasmic domains in the Escherichia coli TatC protein. The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 277(12), pp. 10362-10366. 0021-9258.

2000

  1. Hebbes, T. R. and Allen, S. C. H. (2000) Multiple histone acetyltransferases are associated with a chicken erythrocyte chromatin fraction enriched in active genes. The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 275(40), pp. 31347-31352. 0021-9258.
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