||Dr Iza K. Radecka
||Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology/Microbiology
Areas of expertise
Microbial biotechnology,Bacterial biopolymers, Antimicrobial
Iza has an MSc in Biological Sciences from the University of
Silesia, Poland completed in 1990. Within biosciences she first
specialised in anatomy and histology (interactions between heavy
metals and enzymatic activity in brain tissue). In 1991 she took a
position as a junior research worker in the Institute of Polymer
Chemistry at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Zabrze, Silesia,
with a special interest in the biodegradability of different
synthetic polymer blends. After one year there she decided to take
a PhD researcher/lecturer post at the University of Silesia,
Katowice, with a special interest in microbial biotechnology
concerning the production of biodegradable polymers by bacteria
under different environmental conditions. Iza completed my PhD in
the Department of Biochemistry, University of Silesia,
After 9 years as a lecturer in microbial
biochemistry at the University of Silesia in Poland, Iza joined the
School of Applied Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton in
September 2000. Since then she has continued her research into the
production of biodegradable plastics from bacteria.
Iza has an extensive experience and has had a
number of publications in the field of biopolymer production. She
has collaborative links with Imperial College, Queen Mary
University, London and Smith & Nephiew, York in the area of
biopolymers and biomaterials. She was been awarded a Mercia Spinner
Pathfinder concept grant and Enterprise Fellowship Scheme to
develop new biopolymer extraction methods from bacteria grown in
In addition to my teaching duties, Iza is an
active researchar. Her main areas of interest are related to
various aspects of biomaterials and antimicrobials. Since September
2000, Iza have held her current post as Senior Lecturer here at the
University of Wolverhampton. Iza teaches on a wide variety of
microbiology and biotechnology courses, both undegraduate and
postgraduate level where she puts my knowledge and experience to
Iza also is a tutor for Erasmus/Socrates
exchange students and coordintes Leonardo Mobility
- PhD Biological Sciences, University of Silesia (with
- MSc in Biological Sciences, University of
- Teacher Training
My research currently focuses on:
- Application of antimicrobial activity of silver, zinc,
strontium and copper
- Production of biodegradable polymers by bacteria under
different environmental conditions and their applications.
- Coordinator for Erasmus exchange
- Tutor for an exchange students in SAS (Socrates/Erasmus).
- Coordinator for Leonardo Mobility programme (2012-2014).
- Module Leader for 7AB004 Fermentation biotechnology,
6AB001 Microbial biotechnology
- 2001-2004 Year tutor.
- Key Proposer for Society of General Microbiology student awards
at the University.
- Developing new HND Biotechnology courses for students in
Xiaogan Polytechinc, China and Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of
- Academic responsible for Microbiology and Fermentation
- Member of Student Management Board
- Associate Editor of British
Microbiology Research Journal
- Member of Society of General Microbiology
- Fellow of the Society of Biology
- Member of the FoodWasteNet Network (www.foodwastenet.org)
INTERNAL / EXTERNAL EXAMINING:
PhD – internal examiner
- 2012 Julie Walton,
University of Wolverhampton, SAS
Master by Research (MRes) - external
- 2009 Soroosh
Bagheriasl, University of Birmingham, Department of Metallurgy and
- 2007 M Ali Kashani,
University of Birmingham, Department of Metallurgy and
- 2014 Xi Chen,
University of Birmingham, Department of Metallurgy and
- Water Research,
- Journal of Applied
- International Biodeterioration &
- Journal of Chemical Technology &
- International Journal of Biological
- Current Microbiology,
- Bioresource technology,
- Applied Microbiology
Teaching UG and PG levels: Microbiology,
Biochemistry, Microbial Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
& Molecular Biology, Fermentation Biotechnology,
Bioremediation, Environmental Biotechnology, Science Communication
and Graduate Skills, Biosciences, UG Project, Research Methods, MSc
Project, Personal and Study Skills, Biology and Forensic
Supervision of UG Projects (to date 50+ students successfully
completed), PG MSc Projects (30+ successfully completed PG
2001 and 2004 - Flying faculty: Teaching UG students in Shenzhen
Invited Guest lecturer:
University of Birmingham (Department of Biomaterials), N.
Copernicus University, Torun, Poland (Faculty of Biology)
- Williams Joseph - Successful completion April
- Soroosh Bagheriasl - Successful
completion January 2013
- Aditya Bhat - Successful completion August
- Festus Ituah - Successful completion October
- Rob Verlinden. Successful completion August
- Bright Kwakye-Awuah - Successful
completion July 2008.
- Richard Auta - on-going
- Adetoro O.Ogunleye -on-going.
- Ibrahim Khalil – on-going.
- Olajumoke Oni – on-going.
- Mohammed Inuwa: - on-going
- 2013-2017 RIF award, Medical biomaterials,
University of Wolverhampton. Value: £477,629
- 2012 -2014 European Commission. Leonardo
Mobility Grant, UK/12/LLP-LDV/PLM/163300. Value:
2011 Academic incentive -
External Engagement Fund, Business Solutions.
2007-2010 Technology Strategy Board, A
Novel Bioadhesive Cement (BIOAD) TP/5/REG/6/I/H0669A. Collaborative
Project. Value for University of Wolverhampton:
- 2005-2006 The West Midlands
Enterprise Fellowship Scheme for innovative polymer production.
- 2003-2004 Mercia Spinner
Pathfinder Grant: Efficient bioprocessing of biodegradable
polymers. Value: £14,500
- 2012-13 BioCare Ltd,
Denmark. Probiotoc coating.
2009 Watchdog – Testing
environmental samples for pathogens.
BioCote Ltd. Wolverhampton, UK. Testing silver-impregnated
- 2003-4 Wells Plastics Ltd.
Stone,UK Biodegradation of synthetic plastic.
- Martin, C., Low, W. L., Gupta, A., Amin, M.
C. I. M., Radecka, I., Britland, S T., Raj, P. and Kenward, M. A.
(2014b). Strategies for Antimicrobial Drug Delivery to the
Biofilm. Current Pharmaceutical Design.
- Bhat A., Irorere VU.,
Bartlett T., Hill D., Kedia G., Morris M.R.,
Charalampopoulos D. Radecka I. (2013)
Bacillus subtilis natto: a non-toxic source of
poly-γ-glutamic acid that could be used as a cryoprotectant for
probiotic bacteria. AMB Express 3:36,
- Martin, C., Low WL., Amin MCIM., Radecka, I.,
Raj P and Kenward K. (2013) Current trends in the development of
wound dressings, biomaterials and devices Pharmaceutical Patent
Analyst 2(3), pp.341-359
- Dennison SR, Lea B, Snape TJ.,
Nicholl ID., Radecka I., Harris F (2013) Anionic antimicrobial and
anticancer peptides from plants. Critical Reviews in Plant
- Kwakye-Awuah, B.,
Mrozik, A., Piotrowska-Seget,Z., Nkrumah, I. and Radecka,
I. (2013) Release Pattern of Ag+ ions from
Silver-Loaded Zeolite X and its Subsequent Effect on Fatty Acid
Composition of Bacterial Cells. International Journal of
Innovative Research in Sciences, Engineering and Technology,
vol.2, issue 9, pp.6235-6244. ISSN:2319-8753.
- Brauer D.S., Karpukhina N., Kedia
G., Bhat A., Law R.V. Radecka I., Hill R (2012) Bactericidal
strontium-releasing injectable bone cements based on bioactive
glasses. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 2012-0647
doi.10.1098/rsif.2012.0647 vol. 10 no. 78 20120647
- Verlinden R. A. J., Hill D. J., Kenward M.
A., Williams C. D. Piotrowska-Seget Z and Radecka, I
(2011): Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates from waste frying oil
by Cupriavidus necator. AMB
Express. 1(1):11. doi: 10.1186/2191-0855-1-11.
- Kedia G., Hill D., Hill, R. and
Radecka, I. (2010) :Production of Poly-γ-Glutamic Acid by
Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus licheniformis with
Different Growth Media. Journal of Nanosciences and
Nanotechnology, 10, (9), pp.5926-5934
- Kwakye-Awuah, B., Kenward, M.A.,
Radecka, I. and Williams C (2008) Production of
silver-doped analcime by isomorphous substitution technique.
Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 83,
- Kwakye-Awuah, B., Kenward, M.A.,
Williams C. and Radecka, I. (2008) Antimicrobial action
and efficiency of silver-loaded zeolite X. Journal of Applied
Microbiology 104, pp.1516-1524
Martin, C., Low, W. L., Gupta, A., Amin, M. C.
I. M., Radecka, I., Britland, S. T., Raj, P., and
Kenward, M. A. (2014a). Advances in Liposome Research (part
of the Biochemistry Research Trends series) edited by Laura Finney.
Nova Science Publishers Inc., New York, pp 27 – 61
- Patent PCT/GB2012/052149. Publication date
7/March/2013 on which Radecka I is disclosed as
- Bhat A, Bartlett T., Hill D., Kedia G
& Radecka I. Improved viability of
- BBC Radio 4 program Costing
the Earth episode title: Burn That Fat! First
broadcast : Wednesday 25 September 2013 http://bbc.in/1bymnnV
- Irorere V., Bagherirasl S., Blevins M.,
Stamboulis A., Radecka I. (2012) Waste
cooking oil makes bioplastics cheaper. Society of General
Microbiology, Warwick conference press release.
- Bhat, A., Kedia, G., Bartlett, T., Hill, D.,
Charalampopoulos, D., Radecka, I (2011) Making
good bacteria happy! Society of General Microbiology, York
conference press release and followed by BBC Radio York
programme and the Naked Scientists Radio programme for the BBC
Radecka I. - invited to deliver a workshop on:
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
University. Workshop sponsored by Leverhulme – Royal Society
African Award 22-29 April 2013 and 2014 KUMASI, Ghana.
CONFERENCES – papers
- Radecka I – invited talk on:
Biodegradable plastics in the UK – past, present and
future. 3rd PLASTiCE Conference ‘Future of
Bioplastics’ that will take place in COBRO,1-2 October 2013 Warsaw
- Radecka I.
- talk on: Antimicrobial activity of silver-loaded zeolite X.
International Symposium on Ceramics and Nanotube Technology
(ISCeNT), 6-9 March 2013, Nagoya, Japan.
I.- talk on: Bacterial multifunctional polymers.
oral presentation. BIOTECHNOLOGY – past and future. Conference,
Poland, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland 28-29
- Radecka I. - talk on:
Production and characterization of bacterial poly- γ- glutamic acid
“2nd International Conference from Nanoparticals &
Nanomaterials to Nanodivices & Nanosystems. 28 June- 4July
2009, Rhodos, Greece.
- Radecka I.
– talk on: Biosynthesis of poly γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) by
bacteria. 1st International Conference from
Nanoparticals & Nanomaterials to Nanodivices & Nanosystems,
16-18th June 2008. Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Greece.