Name Dr Roy Protheroe
Job Title Senior Lecturer in Applied Microbiology
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Sciences
Subject(s) Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science
Tel 01902 322340


Following graduation in Microbiology from University College Cardiff, Roy undertook a PhD at Bristol University on the adhesion ofStreptococcus mutans to solid surfaces. Two postdoctoral positions followed, both investigating aspects of cell immobilisation within the biochemical engineering departments at the North East Biotechnology Centre (Teesside) and Loughborough University.

At Wolverhampton, Roy’s interests in bacterial interaction with surfaces developed in relation to applications in the food industry. Of particular interest recently is the influence of adhesion on the susceptibility of food borne pathogenic bacteria to industrial disinfectants and detergents.

Teaching responsibilities include contributions to aspects of applied microbiology at undergraduate and MSc levels.

Pedagogic interests include the use and effectiveness of technology in teaching and learning.

Current research projects

Influence of disinfectants and detergents on viability and membrane permeability of food related Escherichia coli and Listeria monocytogenes.

Recent publications

Walton, J.T., Hill, D.J., Protheroe, R.G., Nevill, A. and Gibson, H. (2008) Investigation into the effect of detergents on disinfectant susceptibility of attached Escherichia coli and Listeria monocytogenes. Journal of Applied Microbiology doi.10.111/l.1365-2672.2008.03805.x


Gibson, H., Sinclair, L.A., Brizuela, C.M., Worton, H.L. and Protheroe, R.G. (2007) The effectiveness of selected pre-milking cleaning regimes at reducing teat microbial load on commercial dairy farms. Letters in Applied Microbiology. doi 10.1111/j.1472-765X.2007.02308.x