Dr Wayne Heaselgrave joined the University of Wolverhampton in January 2015 after spending 2 years as a Senior Lecturer at the University Worcester and 4 years as an Honorary Lecturer in Parasitology at the University of Leicester.
Dr Heaselgrave has extensive research experience in the field of contact lens disinfection and is particularly interested in the potentially blinding eye infection Acanthamoeba keratitis. Approximately 90% of cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis occur in contact lens wearers due to poor contact lens hygiene and through a failure to disinfect contact lenses properly. The lack of a licenced treatment for this infection and the resistance of Acanthamoeba to most drugs at concentration tolerated by the eye make this one of the most difficult eye infections to treat. Wayne has close links to the contact lenses industry and spends part of his time researching and developing new contact lens disinfectants and therapeutic agents to treat eye infections
Previously, Dr Heaselgrave has been involved in the application of Solar Disinfection (SODIS) for the sterilisation of drinking water in countries where access to clean water is limited. Wayne has recently completed a 3.5 year European Commission (EC) funded project working in collaboration with researchers from South Africa, Switzerland, Ireland, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Spain and Kenya investigating SODIS. As a microbiologist, Wayne’s role on the project was to test SODIS against a variety of waterborne protozoan and viral pathogens including Ascaris, Giardia, Acanthamoeba, Naegleria, Entamoeba, Cryptosporidium, coxsackievirus, poliovirus and hepatitis A virus. Full details of this project and its findings can be found on the following website: http://cordis.europa.eu/documents/documentlibrary/122807461EN6.pdf
PhD “The chemotherapy and disinfection of Acanthamoeba spp. and the role of catecholamines in mediating the encystment process” – University of Leicester (2006)
MSc Applied Parasitology & Medical Entomology – Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (2001)
BSc (Hons) Pharmacology – University of Liverpool (2000)
Contact lens disinfection / General Surface disinfection
Development of therapeutic agents for treating topical infections
Development of improved contact lens disinfectants against planktonic and biofilm bacteria and other organisms
Cell signalling in protozoa
Solar Disinfection (SODIS) of drinking water for the inactivation of viral, protozoan and bacterial pathogens.
Development of improved drug delivery systems for the treatment of protozoan infections and biofilm penetration
Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM)
British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC)
Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS)
Fellow of the Institute of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)