Iza Radecka

Name Dr Iza Radecka
Job Title Senior Lecturer in Microbiology
Research Group Food Biology, Medical Microbiology and Disinfection
Tel 01902 322771
Email i.radecka@wlv.ac.uk


Areas of expertiseIza Radecka

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.


She is also responsible for helping to recruit students from Poland and elsewhere in Europe, and is international tutor for Erasmus/Socrates exchange students.

Current research projects

Recent publications

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), pp.353-357.


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