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Laura Rushton

Dr Laura Rushton

Senior Technician (Wastewater Testing)

Ysgol y Biowyddorau

Adeilad Syr Martin Evans, Ystafell West 2.11, Rhodfa'r Amgueddfa, Caerdydd, CF10 3AX


Research Overview

My research interests are within the interdisciplinary theme of Industrial microbiology and antimicrobial resistance. I work collaboratively with global manufacturers of non-sterile preserved industrial products (Home, Beauty and Personal Care) to understand the risk, species diversity, and antimicrobial resistance of problematic bacterial contaminants.

Microbiomes, Microbes and Informatics (MMI)

I am a member of the Mahenthiralingam lab which is part of the MMI working group within the Organisms and Environment Division of the Cardiff School of Biosciences at Cardiff University.










Collaborative Projects

I enjoy collaborative projects and especially relish the opportunity for inter-disciplinary research that may broaden my skill set and experience. I recently collaborated with researchers at the Medicines Discovery Institute at Cardiff University to investigate the activity of proprietary agents against priority bacterial pathogens.

Academic Research Projects

  • May 2020 – present: a Sêr Cymru Industrial funded Fellowship at Cardiff University (BIOSI) in collaboration with Unilever R&D (Port Sunlight, UK) ‘Characterising the diversity and antimicrobial resistance of Enterobacteriaceae bacteria as key risk industrial contaminants.’
  • Oct 2019 – Mar 2020: Postdoctoral researcher on a project at Cardiff University (BIOSI) funded by Procarta Biosystems Ltd. (UK), ‘Investigating the‘ Efficacy and mode of action of Procarta antimicrobial formulations on Burkholderia bacteria.
  • Mar 2019 – Oct 2019: Senior Research Technician role at the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London (Funder) and BIOSI Cardiff University, ‘Investigating the effects of gastric bypass surgery on the human gut microbiota.’
  • Jun 2017 – Oct 2018: Postdoctoral Researcher working on a collaboration funded by L’Oréal R&D, (Paris, France), at Cardiff University (BIOSI) and Cardiff School of Pharmaceutical sciences ‘Mapping the mechanisms of susceptibility and resistance of Burkholderia to a proprietary preservative.’
  • Nov 2011- Mar 2014: Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate Researcher, at Cardiff University (BIOSI) and Unilever R&D (Port Sunlight, UK), an Innovate UK & Unilever funded project ‘To develop novel preservative systems that target bacterial resistance mechanisms and set new industrial standards for using cultivation independent microbial analysis in preservative challenge testing.’
  • Oct 2007 – Sept 2011; BBSRC-case sponsored PhD Student at BIOSI Cardiff University in partnership with Unilever R&D Port Sunlight, Wirral, UK, investigating ‘The molecular basis for preservative resistance in Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria.


  • Co-investigator, Welsh Government Innovation for All Public Engagement Funding(2021): 'Engaging the public with antimicrobial resistance using blended arts and science events.'
  • PI: Sêr Cymru II Industrial Fellowship Award (2020): ‘Characterising the diversity and antimicrobial resistance of Enterobacteriaceae bacteria as key risk industrial contaminants.’


Education and Qualifications

  • Research Team Leadership AdvanceHE Endorsed Certificate (2018); Cardiff University
  • City & Guilds 7300 qualification in Trainer skills (2013): Cardiff, UK
  • CMI Endorsed Certificate in Management (2011); Ashorne Hill Management College, UK
  • PhD in Microbiology (2007-2011)
  • B.Sc. (hons) Microbiology (2002-2005); Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University


  • Sêr Cymru Industrial Fellow (May 2020 – present), Cardiff School of Biosciences (BIOSI), Cardiff University, Wales, UK and Unilever R&D Port Sunlight, Wirral UK
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (Oct 2019 – Mar 2020), BIOSI Cardiff University and Procarta Biosystems
  • Senior Research Technician (Mar 2019 – Oct 2019), Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London and Honorary Research Associate of BIOSI Cardiff University
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (Jun 2017 – Oct 2018), Cardiff University BIOSI and L’Oréal R&D, Paris, France
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate Researcher (Nov 2011- Mar 2014), BIOSI Cardiff University and Unilever R&D Port Sunlight, Wirral, UK
  • BBSRC case sponsored PhD Student (Oct 2007 – Sept 2011), BIOSI Cardiff University and Unilever R&D Port Sunlight, Wirral, UK
  • Research & Development Scientist (Nov 2005 – Sept 2007), British Biocell International, UK

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Microbiology Society (2002 onwards)
  • Society for Applied Microbiology (2007 onwards)
  • American Society for Microbiology (2007 onwards