Dr Gemma Marsden graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry with Physiology from Royal Holloway, University of London. From there, Gemma went on to work as a researcher at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Brewing Research International & St George’s, University of London. During this time, she studied for a MSc in General Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
Gemma then secured a MRC CASE PhD studentship at the University of Leicester looking at lipooligosaccharide biosynthesis genes in Campylobacter jejuni. Before joining the University of Northampton in 2010, Gemma completed Post-doctoral positions at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, The University of Nottingham and The School of Pharmacy, University of London. In these positions, Gemma worked on Clostridium difficile genomics, fluoroquinolone resistance in Salmonella enterica Serovar Paratyphi A and antibiotic mode of action.
Gemma is a Chartered Biologist and Chartered Scientist as well as an active STEM Ambassador.
Dr Marsden teaches on the Human Bioscience and Biology awards with the following contributions:
- SLS1008 Research Skills in Biology (Co-Lead)
- SLS1013 Biochemistry & Cell Biology
- SLS2014 Techniques in Molecular Biology
- SLS3011 Pathogen Biology (From 2016/7)
- SLS1006 Introduction to Physiology
- SLS2013 Bioscience Research Methods
- SLS3001 Health, Risk & Environment
- SLS4005 Dissertation Supervisor
Dr Marsden has a number of ongoing research projects focusing on bacterial pathogenesis mechanisms, including antibiotic resistance, in various organisms with a focus on the following organisms: Campylobacter sp and Clostridium difficile.
Gemma currently supervises two full time Postgraduate Research students: Amber Hameed, who is working on Characterising the glycome of Campylobacter sp., and Nermin Albalbeisi, who is assessing the role of PAD2 in ovarian cancer.
- Marsden, G. L., Davis, I. J., Wright, V., Sebaihia, M., Kuijper, E. and Minton, N. P. (2010) Array comparative hybridisation reveals a high degree of similarity between UK and European clinical isolates of hypervirulent clostridium difficile. BMC Genomics. 11, p. 389. 1471-2164.
- Marsden, G. L., Li, J., Everest, P. H., Lawson, A. J. and Ketley, J. M. (2009) Creation of a large deletion mutant in Campylobacter jejuni reveals the lipooligosaccharide gene cluster is not required for viability. Journal of Bacteriology. 191(7), pp. 2392-2399. 0021-9193.
- Kamal, N., Dorrell, N., Jagannathan, A., Turner, S. M., Constantinidou, C., Studholme, D. J., Marsden, G. L., Hinds, J., Laing, K. G., Wren, B. W. and Penn, C. W. (2007) Deletion of a previously uncharacterized flagellar-hook-length control gene fliK modulates the sigma54-dependent regulon in Campylobacter jejuni. Microbiology. 153(9), pp. 3099-3111. 1350-0872.