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Name Professor Howard Jenkinson
Job title Emeritus Professor
Department Bristol Dental School University of Bristol
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work+44 (0)117 331 8092
Qualifications BSc(Warw), PhD(Nott)
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies Society for General Microbiology UK
American Society for Microbiology
International Association for Dental Research
British Society for Oral and Dental Research
British Society for Medical Mycology
Society of Biology
Keywords microbiology and medicine
dentistry and microbiology
heart disease and infections
oral diseases
Areas of expertise I have worked for 25 years studying mechanisms by which microbes (bacteria and fungi) cause infections. My primary expertise is with Streptococcus bacteria, which cause dental decay, sore throat, ear infections, tonsillitis, meningitis, pneumonia and cardiovascular disease.

I also research the fungus Candida which causes thrush, denture sore mouth, and infections in hospital that are often fatal.

The aim of my research is to gain better understanding of the mechanisms by which these microbes cause disease. We use various laboratory models for our studies, trying to reproduce more or less exactly conditions within the human body. We then hope to identify vaccines or pharmaceuticals that will be able to target the essential disease-causing mechanisms and thus control infections by these microbial agents.

I also have broader expertise internationally in microbiology having been editor for several scientific journals and a long-standing member on Council for the UK Society of General Microbiology.
Media experience Interviewed live on Radio 5 live and on Radio 4 Today programme, and for educational podcasts.

Provided interviews with numerous media agents mainly by telephone (or email), with subsequent reports published in the scientifc press, daily press, weekend magazines, and lifestyle publications such as Top Sante.