Dr Tina Joshi

Dr Tina Joshi

Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry


Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology (Teaching and Research)

Employability Co-ordinator for School of Biomedical Sciences

After completing BSc and PhD studies at Cardiff University, I undertook several postdoctoral roles from 2012-2017 before commencement of a Lectureship at the University of Plymouth. Awarded the Hind Rattan 2018 "Jewel of India" Award from the Indian Government (Non-Resident Indian Welfare Society of India) for diasporal achievements in academia within the country of my birth- the UK.https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/academic-named-jewel-of-india-in-recognition-of-international-impact

Lead for Microbial Diagnostics and Infection Control Research Group


ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-5965-4055

Follow me on Twitter: @tinaljoshi


2012 PhD Pharmacy "Pathogenicity and a bedside real time detection assay for C.  difficile in the faeces of hospitalised patients". Cardiff University

2008 BSc Microbiology Hons. Cardiff University

Professional membership

Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (FIBMS)

Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy

Member of Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)

Member of Society for Applied Microbiology

Member of Microbiology Society

Member of Central Sterilising Club

Member of Healthcare Infection Society

STEM Ambassador

Roles on external bodies

Journal of Applied Microbiology
Letters in Applied Microbiology
FEMS Microbiology Letters
BMC Microbiology
American Journal of Infection Control

Public Engagement:
Microbiology Society Champion- Plymouth
STEM Ambassador
SoapBox Science Plymouth Organiser 2019

External Committees
Microbiology Society Policy Committee
Techniquest Cardiff- AMR project expert advisor

Internal Committees
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Athena Swan Self Assessment Committee
University of Plymouth Public Engagement Steering Group

Teaching interests

Molecular microbiology in infectious disease, clinical microbiology, molecular diagnosis of microbial infections and bacterial genomics. This includes supervision of PG and UG students.Currently obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice for teaching responsibilities. 

I encourage an open and relaxed learning environment where students feel able and comfortable to ask questions and enjoy learning.

Module Leader:
BHCS2006 Infection, Immunity & Disease
BHCS3003 Clinical Microbiology

Research Project Supervisor:
BIOM5006 MSc Biomedical Sciences Research Projects (Biosensor and Molecular Microbiology focussed)
BHCS3021 Research Project in Healthcare Sciences
BHCS3001 Research Projects in Molecular Microbiology & Infection Control

Other Teaching Involvement:
BHCS1011 Study Skills and personal development
BHCS1006 Infection & Immunity
BHCS2001 Biology of Disease
BHCS2027 Placements & Employability
BHCS3016 Public Health Infection Sciences (Biodefense and Clinical Bacteriology)
BIOM5008 Infection & Immunity
BIO015 Issues in Human Biology
DIET401 Human Nutrition & Food Studies
GEES001 Study and Mathematical Skills for Science
MED Research in Action Student Selected Unit: Impacts of Antibiotic Resistance

Research interests

Described in detail on Tina's research pages:


Rapid point of care detection of Antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria

Tina is an expert in the development of novel ultra-rapid point-of-care diagnostics for detection of infections (recently featured on BBC One's "The Truth about Antibiotics"). She is developing an international reputation of excellence within this area.

Tina's wealth of experience (<10 years) lies specifically in the areas of novel microwave-based rapid diagnostics for microbial detection, combined with the newest developments in Molecular Biology. She has honed these multidisciplinary skills from commencement of her PhD (2008-2012) where she worked at the Institute of Fluorescence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country and with global experts in novel rapid diagnostics.

Areas of expertise include: Field effect transistors, thin-film transistors, application of Microwave engineering to molecular biology, aptamer design, aptamer-functionalisation of nanoparticles, microwave-accelerated metal enhanced fluorescence, microbial bioinformatics and biosensor development.

Infection Control & Microbicides

Tina has a strong interest in infection control and this research looks to understand how biocide use can affect the genomic and phenotypic properties of bacteria/spores.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Tina has successfully and independently supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Applications for PhD research in Tina's areas of expertise are welcomed. Please email: tina.joshi@plymouth.ac.uk

Current PhD students (Co-supervisor) 
Justyna Lopatecka (2018-2021) - Establishment and characterization of human alveolar macrophage like cell lines

Grants & contracts

Tina is developing a strong track record in obtaining research funding:

Exploring the Impact of a hand held ultra-rapid Point of Care diagnostic (5 minutes) which targets antibiotic resistance genes
(PI: Dr T. Joshi) Research Impact & Innovation Fund, University of Plymouth
Sept 2018
Total Value: £15000

Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) Travel Grant
(Dr T. Joshi) HIS International Conference, Liverpool, Nov 2018
Sept 2018
Total Value: £750

Adherence of C. difficile spores to surgical gowns  
Dr. Robert Burky & Rideout Hospital, California, USA, & University of California (UCLA) 
June 2018
Total Value: £1800

Persistence ofantimicrobial resistant bacteria on Clinical isolation gowns  
Society for Applied Microbiology "Students into Work Grant" Miss Clare Brown
May 2018
Total Value: £2490         

Adherence of C. difficile spores to surgical gowns
Dr. Robert Burky & Rideout Hospital, California, USA, & University of California (UCLA) 
December 2016
Total Value: £4143 

Real time, microwave enhanced detection (~5 minutes) of genomic Bacillus anthracis 
Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Travel Grant. Biology of Anthrax, Tampa, Florida. November 2016
Total Value: £1000

Adherence of C. difficile spores to surgical gowns 
Society for Applied Microbiology "Students into Work Grant" Miss Calie Dyer
June 2016
Total Value: £2500

Rapid detection of Bacillus anthracis 
Royal Mail. Co-I with Prof Les Baillie (PI)
October 2015-April 2016
Total Value: £8000

Bursting superbugs using caterpillars and microwaves
Cardiff University School of Engineering. Da Vinci Innovation Research Award
November 2014
Total Value: £3000
Microwave enhanced bedside detection of Clostridium difficile
Cardiff University IP Advisory Fund. Co-I with Prof Les Baillie (PI), Prof Adrian Porch and Dr. Jonathan Lees
June 2014-June 2015
Total Value: £69356

Microwave enhanced bedside detection of Clostridium difficile
Society for Applied Microbiology Presidents Fund. ClostPath, Palm Cove, Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
October 2013
Total Value: £700

Microwave enhanced bedside detection of Clostridium difficile
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award. Co-I with Prof Les Baillie (PI), Prof Adrian Porch and Dr. Jonathan Lees
July 2013-September 2014
Total Value: £48000

Manduca sexta as a source of novel antimicrobial peptides 
Society for Applied Microbiology "Students into Work Grant" Mr Garyn Pritchard
June 2013
Total Value: £2500

Characterisation of the spores of C. difficile 
Society for Applied Microbiology Presidents Fund. International C. difficile symposium, Bled, Slovenia. 
September 2010
Total Value: £1000

Characterisation of the spores of C. difficile 
Marie Curie Actions Grant. ClostPath, Rome, Italy. 
October 2009
Total Value: £1000

Key publications are highlighted

Joshi LT, Welsch A, Hawkins J & Baillie L 2017 'The effect of hospital biocide sodium dichloroisocyanurate on the viability and properties of Clostridium difficile spores' Lett Appl Microbiol 65, (3) 199-205 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Imtiaz A, Lees J, Choi H & Joshi LT 2015 'An Integrated Continuous Class-<formula formulatype="inline"><tex Notation="TeX">${\rm F} ^{-1}$</tex></formula> Mode Power Amplifier Design Approach for Microwave Enhanced Portable Diagnostic Applications' IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques 63, (10) 3007-3015 , DOI PEARL
Joshi LT, Mali BL, Geddes CD & Baillie L 2014 'Extraction and Sensitive Detection of Toxins A and B from the Human Pathogen Clostridium difficile in 40 Seconds Using Microwave-Accelerated Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence' PLoS ONE 9, (8) e104334-e104334 , DOI PEARL
Joshi LT, Phillips DS, Williams CF, Alyousef A & Baillie L 2012 'Contribution of Spores to the Ability of Clostridium difficile To Adhere to Surfaces' Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78, (21) 7671-7679 , DOI PEARL
Drevinek P, Baldwin A, Lindenburg L, Joshi LT, Marchbank A, Vosahlikova S, Dowson CG & Mahenthiralingam E 2009 'Oxidative Stress ofBurkholderia cenocepaciaInduces Insertion Sequence-Mediated Genomic Rearrangements That Interfere with Macrorestriction-Based Genotyping' Journal of Clinical Microbiology 48, (1) 34-40 , DOI PEARL

Other academic activities

Patents Filed:

Baillie, L & Joshi L.T. PCT/GB2013/051149 & PCT/GB2013/051151. A screening method for the detection of Clostridium difficile.

Strong engagement with Media in promoting understanding of Antimicrobial Resistance and antimicrobial stewardship. This includes newspaper articles, blogs, online social media, radio and national television.

Public Engagement:

SoapBox Science Plymouth: June 1st Plymouth Hoe

"Antibiotic Resistance: A problem that affects all of us" World Antibiotic Awareness Week, Plymouth, November 2018.  

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Antibiotic Resistance. Workshop at Techniquest Cardiff After Hours Valentines Event. February 2018.

Superbugs Pub Quiz with Longitiude Prize @Science Museum #Lates, London. 25/03/2018

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Antibiotic Resistance. Workshop at Techniquest Cardiff After Hours Valentines Event. February 2018.

New Scientist Live! “Ask a Biologist” Expert. “Could microwaves save my life?”. Royal Society of Biology. Excel Arena, London. Saturday 30th September 2017

Science and the Assembly- Antimicrobial Resistance. Invited Expert Panel Member. Detection of Antimicrobial Resistance. Now and the Future. National Assembly of Wales, Royal Society of Chemistry, 6th June 2017

“RS Accessing the Scientists” event at Houses of Parliament, Westminster, UK (23rd November 2015).

BBC Radio Wales interview about “Women in Science” June 2015.

“SoapBox Science Swansea June 2015” promoting and disseminating research done by female scientists in STEM. Given to Public. “Microwaving superbugs – transforming point-of-care diagnostics” & BBC Radio Wales interview

SET for Britain Finalist March 2015. Houses of Parliament, Westminster, UK.

Broadcast on Radio Cardiff December 2014 to explain my research into rapid detection of AMR

Institute of Engineering Schools Christmas Lecture December 2014 “Bug busting- new microwave assisted approaches for detecting antibiotic resistant bacteria”. Given to pupils from high schools in the local area to encourage interest in STEM subjects.

Cardiff Science Festival 2014: Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Public Lecture,Cardiff Science Festival July 2014. “Bug busting- new microwave assisted approaches for detecting antibiotic resistant bacteria”. Informing public about antimicrobial resistance.

Additional information

I am a strong advocate for promoting STEM with the aim of encouraging interest in studying these subjects.
I continue to mentor students with their prospective scientific career choices and am heavily involved in varying Women in Science mentorship schemes. I am interested in advancing equality across HE, specifically with regard to Race Equality (Race Equality Charter) and Gender Equality through the Athena Swan Charter at the University of Plymouth.

I am part of:
Inspiring the Future
STEM Ambassador
STEM Plymouth
Women in STEM Plymouth