Rose Cooper BSc, PhD, PGCE, CBiol, MSB, FRSA
Professor of Microbiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly UWIC),
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Rose Cooper began to investigate the microbiology of wounds in 1992, which led to an interest in the efficacy of topical antimicrobial agents. Since 1997 she has been especially interested in studying the mode of action of manuka honey on antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria isolated from infected and chronic wounds, such as MRSA, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and ESBLs. She has also been investigating the potential of bacteria recovered from wounds to form biofilms and investigating the mechanisms of antimicrobial agents that limit biofilm formation. More recently, she has been testing combinations of antibiotics and honey on wound pathogens to discover synergistic interactions.
Previously, in collaboration with Prof Chris Griffith, the role of hospital environmental surfaces in the transmission of bacteria was studied, with a view to limiting cross-infection by effective cleaning.
Rose has contributed to more than 80 scientific papers, edited two books, written 6 book chapters, been interviewed in television and radio programmes and spoken at many international conferences. She has also co-authored position/consensus papers published by the International Wound Infection Institute and by the European Wound Management Association.