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Dr Erin Connelly

Job Title
Assistant Professor (Research Focussed)
Life Sciences
Research Interests

My research area focuses on interdisciplinary collaborative effort between the sciences and humanities to explore questions of ethnopharmacology and the antimicrobial efficacy of ingredients from historical and traditional medical sources. Medieval manuscripts contain numerous remedies for the treatment of microbial infections, and these often involve complex preparations of several ingredients. In particular, my interest involves quantitative analyses of historical recipes in extant medical books, and empirical tests of the antimicrobial activity of whole remedies inspired by historical combinations. The application of network analysis tools to medieval medical texts is a new way to identify potentially effective ingredient combinations from an antimicrobial perspective. This is a novel route to developing new antimicrobial therapeutics in a time of increasing antimicrobial resistance.

  1. PhD: University of Nottingham, 2016

Research Theme:

Biomedical Science