Dr Ruth Ledder

Lecturer in Microbiology

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Ruth Ledder is a senior lecturer within the Microbiology Research Group. Ruth joined the group in 1999 as a Research Technician undertaking industrially funded work focussing on the in vitro modelling and culture independent characterisation of bacterial biofilms. During this period she completed her undergraduate degree in Microbiology through part-time study. She became a full time postgraduate student in 2003 and a post-doctoral researcher in 2006. She secured an academic position in 2008.  Her research work has focussed largely on the ecology, physiology and pathogenicity of bacteria associated with the human mouth in health and disease. She leads the MPharm with a keen interest in innovative and interactive teaching methods that support the student learning experience.

Social responsibility

Public Outreach work with local primary schools (microbiology). Promoting STEM at primary school level with a particular focus on support and role modelling of girls and women in science.

Co-opted School Governor:  Norris Bank Primary School, Stockport


2003-2006. Ph.D., Microbiology Research Group, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester. Thesis title: Investigations into Oral Microbiology.

BSc. (1st class), Biological Sciences (Microbiology). Manchester Metropolitan University (2003).

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

American Society for Microbiology

Society of General Microbiology

Society for Applied Microbiology

International Association for Dental Research

Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group

Sustainable Development Goals

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