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Fenella Halstead

Fenella Halstead

NIHR SRMRC Clinical Scientist


BSc Biology, University of Bath, 2006
MSc Control of Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2007
PGcert Infection and Immunity, University College London, 2013
Royal College of Pathologists Part1 in Medical Microbiology, 2013
HCPC registration, 2014

Fenella Halstead is a Clinical Scientist currently working in the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Here she is involved in a range of microbiology projects, and has a particular interest in investigating topical alternatives to conventional antimicrobials for the treatment and prevention of wound infections. Laboratory work to date has focussed on acetic acid (vinegar), Surgihoney™, and blue light, and has resulted in a number of publications as well as presentations at national and international conferences. She is currently undertaking a PhD through published work at the University of Warwick.

Fenella graduated from the University of Bath with a first class honours degree in 2002, and rapidly embarked on a MSc course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); graduating in 2007. With her interest in microbiology fully whetted, she then worked for several years for Public Health England, on a project investigating the prevalence of infectious intestinal disease in the community, before changing tack and moving to the University of Oxford where she was involved in the laboratory work for a number of candidate malaria vaccine trials. In 2010 Fenella moved to the Royal Free London hospital, where she undertook a three year clinical scientist training scheme and gained her state registration as a clinical scientist.

A list of Miss Fenella Halstead’s publications can be found here.