Applied microbiology research in the area of antimicrobial
testing and in the field of biopolymer production.
Iza has an MSc in General Biology 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.
After nine years as a lecturer in microbial
biochemistry at the University of Silesia in Poland, Iza was
appointed to the post of Senior Lecturer in 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 extensive experience and has had a number of
publications in the field of biopolymer production. She has
collaborative links with Imperial College, London, and Smith &
Nephew, York, in the area of biopolymers and biomaterials. She has
been awarded a Mercia Spinner Pathfinder concept grant and
Enterprise Fellowship Scheme to develop new biopolymer extraction
methods from bacteria grown in large fermenters. She has recently
been awarded a DTI Grant (in collaboration with Imperial College,
Smith & Nephew, Corynthian Surgical & Advanced Healthcare)
in the area of novel bioactive cements.
In addition to her teaching duties, Iza is active in research.
Her main areas of interest are related to aspects of biomaterials
and antimicrobial activity of silver. She is currently supervising
two PhD students at Wolverhampton, and one post-doctoral
researcher. She has also established ongoing research links with
the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University
of Silesia, the NMR Unit and the Department of Materials at the
University of Birmingham, and the Department of Materials at
Imperial College, London.
Iza teaches on a wide variety of microbiology /
biotechnology courses where she puts her knowledge and experience
to good effect.
Kwakye-Awuah, B., Kenward, M.A., Radecka, I.
and Williams, C (accepted 2008) Production of silver-doped analcime
by isomorphous substitution technique Journal of Chemical
Technology & Biotechnology JCTB-07-0520.R1.
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.
Verlinden R. A. J., Hill D. J., Kenward, M. A., Williams, C. D.
and Radecka, I. (2007) Bacterial synthesis
of biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoates. Journal of Applied
Microbiology, 102(6), pp.1437-1449.
Łabużek, S. and Radecka, I. (2001) Biosynthesis
of PHB tercopolymer by Bacillus cereus UW85. Journal
of Applied Microbiology, 90(3),
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