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Dr Llinos Harris

Dr Llinos Harris

Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Sciences

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+44 (0) 1792 602419

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Fluent Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Academic Office - 140
First Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Dr Llinos G Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Swansea University Medical School, having worked as a Senior Research Assistant within the Medical School for several years prior to being promoted to an academic position. Her specialisation is in microbial pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance; with specific interest in staphylococcal biofilm formation and its role in pathogenesis of medical device associated infections and nosocomial infections. Llinos is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is module lead and teaches on several Genetics, Biochemistry and Applied Medical Sciences modules. She also actively supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. 

Llinos completed her MSc (Aberystwyth) thesis  on optimising backscattered electron imaging of cell adhesion sites for scanning electron microscopy at the AO Research Institute, Davos, Switzerland, and then a PhD titled “Molecular analysis of Staphylococcus aureus adhesins” at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the AO. She then working for several years as a post-doctoral at the AO under the mentorship of the current Director, Prof R Geoff Richards. During her time at the AO, Llinos worked on several projects focusing on the biocompatibility of commercially available biomaterials to eukaryotic cells (fibroblasts, osteoblasts), staphylococci (mainly S. aureus) and other relevant bacteria.  

Areas Of Expertise

  • Staphylococci
  • Biofilms
  • Medical device infections
  • Microscopy
  • Microbial pathogenesis
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Molecular biology

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Llinos’ teaching focus is in microbiology and infectious diseases using a research-led approach.   

She is module lead for PM-004 Fundamentals of Microbiology & Disease and PM-120/PM-120C Skills for Geneticists I; and is part of the lecturing team for modules PM-200 Skills for Geneticists II , PM-250/PM-250C Infectious Disease & Parasitology, PM-315/PM-315C Skills for Geneticists III, PM-304/PM-304C Biomolecular Research Project, PM-357/PM-357C Biomedical Laboratory Techniques, PM-344C Prosiect Capfaen (Capstone project) and PM-402/PM-402C Advanced Research Project B.  

Research

Llinos is a highly skilled researcher with excellent knowledge in S. aureus and S. epidermidis adhesion and biofilm formation mechanisms. This involves studying the effect of relevant genes on the adhesion and biofilm formation of staphylococci to medical device surfaces using various molecular biology techniques and whole genome sequencing. She is also competent in using confocal laser scanning microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscope, and immunolabelling techniques.  Within SUMS, Llinos supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate students working on a variety of staphylococci and Campylobacter pathogenicity projects in collaboration with Swansea University colleagues, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU), Public Health Wales, and AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland.

Award Highlights
  • HEA fellow. 
  • Awarded a Healthcare Infection Society Travel Award in 2013. 
  • Winner of best presentation at the FIS2009 conference, Birmingham, UK and European Cells and Materials II conference, Davos, Switzerland in 1998. 
  • Prize winner of the Royal Microscopical Society Young Microscopist Competition (for under 30 year olds) in 1998, and short-listed for the 2006 competition.  
Collaborations
  • Dr Fintan MoriatyAO Research  Institute, Davos, Switzerland 
  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) 
  • Public Health Wales 
  • Dr Beat Gasser, RMS Foundation, Bettlach, Switzerland