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Dr Lynn Dover

Associate Professor

Department: Applied Sciences

Dr Lynn Dover Staffprofile Northumbriauniversity255Lynn began his biological education at Sunderland Polytechnic graduating with BSc Applied Biology in 1990.  His enduring fascination for microbial pathogenicity, and applied research in general, was sparked by a sandwich placement at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down.

His doctoral studies at the University of Hull provided the foundation for his current research interests in mycobacteria (and their relatives) and the bacterial acquisition of iron. During his long post-doctoral career he contributed to the understanding of the role of various facets of bacterial physiology and genomics in the establishment and control of infections including meningitis and tuberculosis producing over 50 publications.

Lynn joined Northumbria in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology contributing to the development of MSc Biotechnology and MSc Microbiology as well as microbiological and biochemical aspects of the undergraduate curriculum in Biomedical Science.

Key Publications

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  • Development of antibacterial steel surfaces through laser texturing, Villapún, V., Gomez, A., Wei, W., Dover, L., Thompson, J., Barthels, T., Rodriguez, J., Cox, S., González, S. Sep 2020, In: APL Materials
  • Optimizing the antimicrobial performance of metallic glass composites through surface texturing, Villapun Puzas, V., Qu, B., Lund, P., Wei, W., Dover, L., Thompson, J., Adesina, J., Hoerdemann, C., Cox, S., Gonzalez Sanchez, S. 1 Jun 2020, In: Materials Today Communications
  • The influence of linkages between 1-Hydroxy-2(1H)-pyridinone Coordinating Groups and a Tris(2-aminoethyl)amine core in a novel series of synthetic Hexadentate Iron(III) Chelators on antimicrobial activity, Workman, D., Hunter, M., Wang, S., Brandel, J., Hubscher, V., Dover, L., Tetard, D. 1 Jan 2020, In: Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Antimicrobial properties of Cu-based bulk metallic glass composites after surface modification, Villapun Puzas, V., Tardio, S., Cumpson, P., Burgess, J., Dover, L., Gonzalez Sanchez, S. 15 May 2019, In: Surface and Coatings Technology
  • Genomic analysis of a novel Rhodococcus (Prescottella) equi isolate from a bovine host, Paterson, M., Ranasinghe, D., Blom, J., Dover, L., Sutcliffe, I., Lopes, B., Sangal, V. 13 Jul 2019, In: Archives of Microbiology
  • Tuning the antimicrobial behaviour of Cu85Zr15 thin films in “wet” and “dry” conditions through structural modifications, Villapun Puzas, V., Cherian Lukose, C., Birkett, M., Dover, L., Gonzalez Sanchez, S. 25 Sep 2018, In: Surface and Coatings Technology
  • Tuning the Mechanical and Antimicrobial Performance of a Cu-Based Metallic Glass Composite through Cooling Rate Control and Annealing, Villapún, V., Esat, F., Bull, S., Dover, L., Gonzalez Sanchez, S. 6 May 2017, In: Materials
  • Antibacterial Metallic Touch Surfaces, Villapún, V., Dover, L., Cross, A., Gonzalez Sanchez, S. 29 Aug 2016, In: Materials
  • Comment on Tocheva et al. "Sporulation, bacterial cell envelopes and the origin of life", Sutcliffe, I., Dover, L. 1 Sep 2016, In: Nature Reviews Microbiology
  • Conformational dynamics, ligand binding and effects of mutations in NirE an S-adenosyl-L-methionine dependent Methyltransferase, Singh, W., Karabencheva-Christova, T., Black, G., Ainsley, J., Dover, L., Christov, C. 1 Apr 2016, In: Scientific Reports

PGR Supervision

  • Jonathan Thompson Iron Uptake and Homeostasis in the Veterinary Pathogen Rhodococcus Equi: An Integrated Omics Approach Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 01/06/2020
  • Michael Hunter Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Iron(III) Selective Ligands for Biostatic Application Start Date: 01/09/2010 End Date: 22/05/2014
  • Tebekeme Okoko Studies on the Structure, Lipid Modification and Interactions of the Virulence-Associated Proteins of Rhodococcus Equi Start Date: 09/08/2010 End Date: 16/10/2014
  • Annesha Archyangelio Surgical Site Infection Prevention and Surveillance in Orthopaedic Surgery Start Date: 01/09/2013


  • Microbiology PhD June 30 1995
  • Applied Biology BSc (Hons) September 01 1990
  • Fellow Royal Society of Biology FRSB 2018
  • Fellow, Institute of Biomedical Science FIBMS 2016
  • Member,University & College Union (UCU) 2012
  • Full Member, Society for General Microbiology 1991

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