Dr Rowena Jenkins
Telephone: (01792) 602951
Room: Academic Office - 138
First Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus

Rowena started as a lecturer in Microbiology and Infectious Disease in the College of Medicine at Swansea University in 2017. Prior to this she worked as a lecturer on the Biomedical Sciences courses at Cardiff Metropolitan University (2013-2017).

Her research team are focused on the effect of novel antimicrobial agents on pathogenic bacteria found in clinical infections, particularly chronic infections such as those seen in diabetic foot ulcers and cystic fibrosis lungs infection, and the impact on the microbiome within those conditions. Rowena also has an interest in the potential for natural antimicrobial agents to improve the efficacy of conventional antibiotics against antibiotic resistant bacteria and biofilms.

She has developed several collaborative partnerships which allow the research to address clinical challenges, with partners such as NEEM Biotech Ltd, Nottingham University Veterinary School, Loughborough Chemical Engineering department and Cardiff and Vale and Cwm Taff Health Boards.

Rowena is the Editor for Microbiology Today and a member of the Microbiology Society Communications Committee.  She is also the secretary for the South Wales branch of the Royal Society of Biology. 

Rowena is based in the ILS1 building, in room 138


Areas of Expertise




Novel antimicrobial agents




Antimicrobial resistance






Areas of Expertise

  • Microbiology
  • Biofilm
  • AMR
  • manuka


  1. & Anti-pseudomonad Activity of Manuka Honey and Antibiotics in a Specialized ex vivo Model Simulating Cystic Fibrosis Lung Infection. Frontiers in Microbiology 10
  2. & Honey is potentially effective in the treatment of atopic dermatitis: Clinical and mechanistic studies. Immunity, Inflammation and Disease 5(2), 190-199.
  3. & Proteomic and genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) exposed to manuka honey in vitro demonstrated down-regulation of virulence markers. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 69(3), 603-615.
  4. & Antimicrobial activity of Manuka honey against antibiotic-resistant strains of the cell wall-free bacteriaUreaplasma parvumandUreaplasma urealyticum. Letters in Applied Microbiology 64(3), 198-202.
  5. & The intracellular effects of manuka honey on Staphylococcus aureus. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 29(1), 45-50.

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  • PM-004 Fundamentals of Microbiology & Disease

    This module will provide the student with an overview of the fundamentals of microbiology, its causative role in human disease and the intervention of antimicrobials and antibiotics. The role of immunity and its role in human defence against disease will also be introduced in this module, and how this may be modulated in response to pathogens. Lectures will be accompanied by a practical session in microbiological techniques and an essay with academic support. Mae'r modiwl yma yn rhoi trosolwg i fyfyrwyr o hanfodion mewn microbioleg, ei rôl achosol mewn afiechydon dynol ac ymyrraeth gwrthficrobaidd a gwrthfiotig. Caiff rôl imiwnedd a'i rôl mewn amddiffyn dyn yn erbyn afiechydon, a sut mae'n addasu mewn ymateb i bathogenau ei gyflwyno hefyd yn y modiwl yma. Caiff y darlithoedd eu cyfeilio gan sesiynau ymarferol mewn technegau microbiolegol a traethawd efo cefnogaeth academaidd.

  • PM-120 Genetic Analysis I

    This module is designed to develop the skills required for students of genetics and medical genetics. Students will meet with tutors and be given a series of assignments designed to develop skills in key areas such as essay writing, presentations and general numeracy. Joint sessions will cover generic skills such as internet searching for scientific sources, referencing and plagiarism.

  • PM-251 Microbial Molecular Genetics

    The control systems governing gene expression in prokaryotic cells are explored and the molecular basis for gene regulation introduced. Practical skills in obtaining and analysing data on a bacterial system are developed. The module then assesses the structure of the bacterial genome and how genetic analysis can be used to investigate structure and function of individual components of that genome. Specific examples explored in depth are the genetics of recombination and DNA repair. The technologies used for functional genomic analysis of fully sequenced bacteria are described with reference to analysis of human pathogens. Finally, the module includes examples of synthetic biology applied to bacteria.

  • PM-259 Contemporary themes and techniques in medical sciences

    This module aims to give students an overview of current and emerging themes in medical sciences, both from clinical and laboratory perspectives. This will cover topics generating high media interest, such as the zika virus and alternative methods of transplantation as well as new laboratory techniques. In addition, the module will be supported by two practical classes for which students will be required to conduct mini-projects based around the identification of patient samples and how these are presented as research cases. The module will also involve a one-day "conference", during which students will present data while experiencing a research conference atmosphere.

  • PM-334 Biochemistry Literature Review and Communication

    Students will acquire a detailed knowledge of one topical research area of key importance to their particular degree scheme.


  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowena Jenkins
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown
  • The effects of NX-AS-401 on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Thomas Wilkinson
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowena Jenkins
  • Identifying host and bacterial biomarkers to predict sepsis (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Llinos Harris
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowena Jenkins
    Other supervisor: Dr Thomas Wilkinson