University of Portsmouth – Partner University

For inquires, please contact Maria Salta ( and Karen Musk (

Faculty of Sciences/School of Biological Sciences

Research Areas & Focuses

  1. High throughput methods for the assessment of anti-biofilm technologies
  2. Bacterial attachment and biofilm formation under different flow conditions and surfaces
  3. Use of next generation sequencing tools to assess biofilm dynamics in the environment
  4. Marine biofilms (bacteria and diatoms -dedicated labs available)
  5. Biomimemetic anti-biofilm/antifouling approaches
  6. Biofilms and Antimicrobial Resistance in the environment (terrestrial and marine)
  7. Biofilm-microplastic interactions
  8. Biofilms and climate change


  • Culturing and CAT-2 facilities (flow cytometry, microplates readers, epifluorescence microscopes, CLSMs, SEM and environmental SEM, AFM, FTIR, RAMAN). New state of the art marine biofilm-forming-diatom growth facilities (light/dark and temperature control).
  • Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences: has world-class research facilities and techniques
    The University of Portsmouth Imaging Centre (UPIC) was created as a facility to bring together the wide variety of advanced microscopy techniques available in IBBS. A purpose-built Microscopy Imaging Suite houses the atomic force microscope, live cell imaging microscope, a TIR microscope and laser capture micro-dissection apparatus. Three confocal instruments plus calcium imaging and a variety of Fluorescence Microscopes are located close by, and excellent facilities for Electron microscopy (SEM and TM) are located in a dedicated laboratory within the Faculty. The Biophysics Laboratories have invested in state-of- the-art facilities for investigation of both structural and functional aspects of macromolecular interactions include an X-ray Diffractometer with Cryojet (Oxford Diffraction) a crystallisation robot, a 600MHz NMR spectrometer with cryo-probe (Varian), Analytical Ultracentrifugation (Beckman XL-A), Surface Plasmon Resonance (BiaCoreT200), Circular Dichroism and Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Laser Light Scattering (DLS and MALLS) and Calorimetry (ITC and DSC). These facilities are complemented by extensive facilities for bacterial fermentation and protein purification (including ~10 Akta Purifiers).
  • The University’s Centre for Environmental Technology (Petersfield, Hampshire) offers experimental facilities and expertise in microbiology and environmental chemistry applied to the use of biofilms in the remediation of wastewater.
  • The University also is proud to host a new £11m Future Technology Centre, scheduled to open in 2018, which, through offering access to the knowledge base and specialist equipment and by brokering networking and collaboration, will act as a hub for facilitating innovation in key sectors, such as marine, maritime and healthcare, and will complement the catalysing activities of the NBIC.


Maria Salta
Joy Watts
Dr Pat Rahman
Sam Robson
John Tsibouklis
Federica Ragazzola
Jurgita Zekonyte

Department Link

School of Biological Sciences