Dr Simon Swift

BSc (Hons, First Class), 1987, Applied Biochemistry, University of Nottingham, UK. PhD, 1991, University of Nottingham, UK


In the fields of Applied and Biomedical Bacteriology my research aims to identify how we can detect problem microbes rapidly and develop new ways to kill them, preferably before they become a problem. To accomplish these aims, research undertaken models bacterial activities in conditions that mimic real environments, applies expertise in bioluminescence and fluorescence technologies to visualise bacterial activities, and is typically in collaboration with clinicians, chemists, physicists and engineers. Examples include developing models for “real-world” testing of surface biocides and bacterial contamination of meat that are important steps to commercial testing with confidence. In collaboration with clinicians I have helped develop animal models for replacement joint and eye infections that can be used to test the effectiveness of antimicrobial interventions. Collaborations with industry focus on ensuring interventions investigated will both pass industry standards and be fit for purpose.

Research | Current

  • Rapid detection of microbes
  • Biocides and Antimicrobial surfaces 
  • Biofilms in infection
  • Extracellular vesicles

Teaching | Current

  • Medsci 202
  • Medsci 707
  • Biosci 349
  • Nursing 105
  • Nursing 201

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 502 - Bldg 502
Level 3, Room 301D
New Zealand

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