Professor Roger Pickup

Professor of Environmental Microbiology and Health

Research Overview

My research interests lie in 'Environment and human health' with expertise in molecular microbial ecology/environmental microbiology. I am particularly interested in non-tuberculous mycobacteria and their environmental routes for human exposure. Of main interest is Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (Map) which causes inflammatory bowel disease (Johne’s disease) in the majority of animals. With collaborators, we are examining Map’s role in Crohn’s disease, a similar human inflammatory condition. Map is significantly associated with this crippling disease and we seek to ascertain whether it is the cause. Other interests include: antibiotic resistance in the natural and hospital environments, gene transfer in the environment and sanitation and health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rapid and Smart Diagnostic System for Infectious Diseases
01/09/2023 → 31/08/2025
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Making the Dust Fly: Creating a million plus conversations in Ghana on home cleaning and superbugs
01/03/2023 → 29/02/2024
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WASHable II Impact Accelerator: Participatory design and community engagement Network on WASH in Lusophone and Francophone African Countries
01/10/2022 → 30/09/2023
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Functional Validation and Safety of Antimicrobial Properties of an Innovative Coating Material
01/07/2021 → 30/06/2025
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WASHable: Participatory design and community engagement Network on WASH in Lusophone and Francophone African Countries
15/01/2020 → 31/03/2022
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ACTUATE : Accelerating the adoption of circular sanitation demonstration systems for improved health outcomes
01/10/2019 → 31/03/2021
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ACTUATE : Accelerating the adoption of circular sanitation demonstration systems for improved health outcomes
01/10/2019 → 31/12/2021
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MSI: A novel coating technology based upon polyatomic ions from plasma
01/02/2019 → 30/08/2022
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MSI: Synthesis and Characterisation of RAFT mediated gels and its application in diverse field
03/09/2018 → 02/01/2019
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Understanding the home as a source of infection of AMR bacteria carried by dust by exploring hygiene practices in different home environments in Ghana
22/01/2018 → 20/04/2021
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RECIRCULATE : GCRF: Driving eco-innovation in Africa:capacity-building for a safe circular water economy
01/10/2017 → 31/03/2022
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RECIRCULATE : GCRF: Driving eco-innovation in Africa:capacity-building for a safe circular water economy
01/10/2017 → 31/12/2021
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Internal Project – FHM RCAD Contract Researcher Audit and Survey
01/09/2016 → …
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Pickup external collaboration
01/01/2016 → 30/06/2018
Other

FP7: ROOTOPOWER: Empowering root targeted strategies to minimize abiotic stress impacts on horticultural crops
01/01/2012 → 31/12/2015
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Lost in Translation: Cross - disciplinary analysis of knowledge exchange and effectiveness in animal disease management
01/07/2008 → 30/11/2011
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GCRF Global IAA Institutional Award
01/01/1900 → …
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Experiences with sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Invited talk

UKRI (External organisation)
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NERC (External organisation)
Membership of committee

NERC (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (External organisation)
Member of external research organisation

  • Microbes, Pathogens and Immunity