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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  • Watters, G. A., Turnbull, P. R., Swift, S., Petty, A., & Craig, J. P. (2017). Ocular surface microbiome in meibomian gland dysfunction. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 45 (2), 105-111. 10.1111/ceo.12810
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Craig, Phil Turnbull, Grant Watters
  • Dalton, J., Uy, B., Okuda, K., Hall, C., Denny, W., Crosier, P., ... Wiles, S. (2017). Screening of anti-mycobacterial compounds in a naturally infected zebrafish larvae model. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 72 (2), 421-427. 10.1093/jac/dkw421
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Benedict Uy, Christopher Hall, Bill Denny, Siouxsie Wiles
  • Robertson, J., Dalton, J., Wiles, S., Gizdavic-Nikolaidis, M., & Swift, S. (2016). The tuberculocidal activity of polyaniline and functionalised polyanilines. PeerJ, 410.7717/peerj.2795
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Siouxsie Wiles, Marija Gizdavic Nikolaidis
  • Blenkiron, C., Simonov, D., Muthukaruppan, A., Tsai, P., Dauros, P., Green, S., ... Phillips, A. (2016). Uropathogenic Escherichia coli releases extracellular vesicles that are associated with RNA. PLoS One, 11 (8).10.1371/journal.pone.0160440
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cristin Print, Jiwon Hong, Cherie Blenkiron, Peter Tsai, Anthony Phillips
  • Gargiulo, D. A., Mitchell, S. J., Sheridan, J., Short, T. G., Swift, S., Torrie, J., ... Merry, A. F. (2016). Microbiological contamination of drugs during their administration for anesthesia in the operating room. Anesthesiology, 124 (4), 785-794. 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001041
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Derryn Gargiulo, Janie Sheridan, Jane Torrie, Craig Webster, Alan Merry, Simon Mitchell
  • Duxfield, L., Sultana, R., Wang, R., Englebretsen, V., Deo, S., Swift, S., ... Al-Kassas, R. (2016). Development of gatifloxacin-loaded cationic polymeric nanoparticles for ocular drug delivery. Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, 21 (2), 172-179. 10.3109/10837450.2015.1091839
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ilva Rupenthal
  • Marasini, S., Swift, S., Dean, S. J., Ormonde, S. E., & Craig, J. P. (2016). Spectrum and Sensitivity of Bacterial Keratitis Isolates in Auckland. Journal of Ophthalmology, 2016.10.1155/2016/3769341
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Craig, Sue Ormonde, Sanjay Marasini
  • Vanhoecke, B. W., De Ryck, T. R., De boel, K., Wiles, S., Boterberg, T., Van de Wiele, T., & Swift, S. (2016). Low-dose irradiation affects the functional behavior of oral microbiota in the context of mucositis. Experimental Biology and Medicine, 241 (1), 60-70. 10.1177/1535370215595467
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Siouxsie Wiles


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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