Dr Tony Worthington CSci FIBMS PhD FHEA

Associate Professor in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET

Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3951      
email: T.Worthington@aston.ac.uk

Room: MB438k       

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered: BS34219 

Research Group

Cell & Tissue Biomedical Research

Tony Worthington
  • Clinical Microbiology and Healthcare Associated Infection (diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infection)
  • Propionibacterium acnes and its association with chronic lower back pain and type 1 Modic changes
  • Clostridium difficile and Staphylococcal Infections
  • Biofilms; infections associated with indwelling intravascular devices and prosthetic joints
  • Skin Antisepsis and Antimicrobials

2014. Worthington Y. Wheeldon LJ. Germination patent (Application pending) http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?CC=WO&NR=2011101661A1&KC=A 1&FT=D

2013. Worthington T. Karpanen T. Eucalyptus oil / chlorhexidine patent European Patent Application No. 087883963  EU/China. Fully Granted

2006. Parker, K.J., Rathbone, D.L., Lambert, P.A., Coleman, M.D., Hilton, A.C., Worthington, A., Billington, D.C., Anti-bacterial Compounds

2005-2008 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000;
studies on ehnanced skin antisepsis

2007 -2010 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000;
Formulation engineering stategies to enhance skin antisepsis and delivery of chlorhexidine

2008-2011 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000;
Germination formulatiion and the development of a smart polymer-based surface for elimination of C. difficile spores

2009 -2012 KTP award (Department of Health/Insight Health Ltd): £164,000;
Development of a germination solution for elimination of C. difficile spores

2010-2013 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000;
Development of a dual-action germinant-biocide for the elimination of C. diffficle
and microorganisms commonly associated with healthcare associated infections

2013-2016 ARCHA PhD Studentship (50% Industrial funding; Insight Health Ltd, UK): £75,000; Antimicrobial Bioglass

2014-2017: Full-industrially funded PhD (Insight Health Ltd): £60,000. Antimicrobial efficacy of octenidine.

2014: Students into Work Grant: The Society for Applied Microbiology, £2,500. This will support investigations into the association between Propionibacterium acnes and chronic lower back pain.


2018-2021: Antimicrobial efficacy of novel XF compounds for the prevention, control and eradication of clinically and industrially relevant pathogens and biofilmsWorthington, T. & Lambert, P. £39,714.00, Destiny Pharma Plc


2019-2021: Knowledge Transfer Partnership.  Development of an automated cleaning system (ACS) for flexible endoscopes to reduce residual microorganisms through the use of mesocrystals. £200,664;  Dr Andrew Sutherland and Dr Tony Worthington (Aston University), In collaboration with Partners Medical Ltd, Stoke on Trent)

Laura Wheeldon (2005-2008); PhD awarded

Tarja Karpanen (2005-2008); PhD awarded

Lauren Green (2007-2010); PhD awarded

Emma Hendry (2007-2010); PhD awarded

Alexandria Quayle (2010-2013) PhD awarded

Matthew Hird (2011-2014) PhD awarded

Saima Begum (2011-2015) PhD awarded

Rahila Chaudhry (2010-2016) (External, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK)

Farah Raja (2013-2016)

Amelia Lawler (GTA: 2015-2021); Part time PhD

Gurpreet Sandhu (2015-2018); Coventry University

Federica Boiocchi (2017-2020)

Joumsi Tagne, Tatiana (2018-2021)

Isobella Romeo Melody (2018-2011)

Aisosa Iyoha (2019-2022)

Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS): 00004502

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Liasion Officer

HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientist: BS34219

Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)

Local, National and International Microbiology Education and Community Engagement (UK, Kenya, Tanzania)

Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) funded Community Engagement Project (2013):  The World of Microbiology: Mastering the invisible, invincible, treatable and preventable 

Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield 2012: In this series of videos, practical classroom demonstrations of effective hand washing, growing bacteria and infectious diseases are presented (YouTube Link)


Wellcome Trust Community Engagement Project (2009)

The World of Microbiology: Mastering the invisible, invincible, treatable and preventable -The Early Days

LHS microbiology roadshow promo
Overview of the Course
LHS Microbiology for Schools 2 - superbugs and infection control
Superbugs & Infection Control
LHS Microbiology for Schools 3 - sexually transmitted infections
Sexually Transmitted Infections

Recent Publications