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Professor Mark Fielder - University Alliance. London, England, GB

Professor Mark Fielder

Professor of Medical Microbiology | Kingston University

London, England, UNITED KINGDOM

His work explores the nature of viruses, antimicrobial resistance, and public perceptions of vaccines and antibiotics.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Animal-Human Disease Transfer






Professor Mark Fielder is Professor of Medical Microbiology in the School of Lifesciences at Kingston University. His work explores the nature of viruses, antimicrobial resistance, and public perceptions of vaccines and antibiotics. He takes a “one world” approach - looking at how diseases affect humans, animals and the environment. Studies include: antibiotics being used in agricultural settings as well as in hospitals; antimicrobial resistance in birds of prey; and myths that exists on vaccines and improving public understating of viruses and vaccines.

Internationally, Mark has worked in the USA (with the EcoHealth Alliance) and in China (where he has looked at the high-profile issue of outbreaks of disease - including coronaviruses - spreading from wildlife into humans). Mark’s early career was as a biomedical scientist in the NHS. He has been President of the Society of Applied Microbiology and an advisor to the US Clinical Laboratory of Sciences Institute (and its veterinary antimicrobial susceptibility testing panel).

Media Mentions (5)

The reason why you should clean your phone everyday, as confirmed cases of coronavirus increase

Wales Online  online


Professor Mark Fielder, a microbiologist at Kingston University, said: "I would suggest at the moment wiping your phone over with an alcohol wipe, and perhaps don’t share your phone around."

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Coronavirus: How does COVID-19 attack the human body?

Sky News  online


Although just around two months old, experts are slowly discovering more about COVID-19, which appears to be attacking two specific sets of cells in the lungs, according to Professor Mark Fielder - a medical microbiologist at Kingston University.

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Coronavirus could become a seasonal infection like the flu that returns EVERY year and never goes away, scientists warn

Daily Mail  online


Professor Mark Fielder, a biologist at Kingston University in London, said scientists have recently pinpointed the types of cells the virus appears to attack.

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What you need to know now about the coronavirus: New method of diagnosing illness

CBC  online


Mark Fielder, a professor of medical microbiology at London's Kingston University, said the new clinically confirmed cases are now added to those previously identified only through nucleic acid-based lab tests.

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Coronavirus breakthrough: scientists grow virus in laboratory

Science Focus  online


“It’s a serious situation,” says Prof Mark Fielder, a medical microbiologist at Kingston University. “We’re approaching it with caution but I don’t think alarm. Not alarm yet because what we need to remember is that most of the cases – in fact all of the cases, as things stand – have come from people with direct links to Wuhan or other local cities where the virus is present.

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Multimedia Appearances





Kingston University Remains Open Despite Coronavirus Fears



Accomplishments (3)

Elected as President of the Society for Applied Microbiology


Elected as Honorary General Secretary for the Society for Applied Microbiology


Invited to Join the Federation of European Microbiological Societies Council as one of the UK representatives


Education (2)

King’s College, University of London: Ph.D., Immunology and Microbiology 1995

King’s College London, University of London: B.Sc., Microbiology 1992

Affiliations (4)

  • Member, Society for Applied Microbiology Overseas Development Committee
  • Member, School of Life Science Genetic Modification Committee
  • Member, Society for Applied Microbiology Grants Awards and Steering board
  • Member, Independent Scientific Group for RUMA

Articles (5)

Nipah virus dynamics in bats and implications for spillover to humans

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

2020 Nipah virus (NiV) is an emerging bat-borne zoonotic virus that causes near-annual outbreaks of fatal encephalitis in South Asia—one of the most populous regions on Earth.

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Willingness of the UK public to volunteer for testing in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic


2020 The World Health Organization declared the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world to be a global public health emergency.

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Human-animal interactions and bat coronavirus spillover potential among rural residents in Southern China

Biosafety and Health

2019 Human interaction with animals has been implicated as a primary risk factor for several high impact zoonoses, including many bat-origin viral diseases. However the animal-to-human spillover events that lead to emerging diseases are rarely observed or clinically examined, and the link between specific interactions and spillover risk is poorly understood.

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Synthetic scale-up of a novel fluorescent probe and its biological evaluation for surface detection of Staphylococcus aureus

Molecular and Cellular Probes

2017 This paper reports on the LGX fluorometric test for enzymatic MRSA/MSSA detection. It highlights the reasons rhodamines have been overlooked and also strategies to improve the synthesis of rhodamine-peptide conjugates.

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Nipah virus ecology and infection dynamics in its bat reservoir, Pteropus medius, in Bangladesh

International Journal of Infectious Diseases

2016 Nipah virus (NiV) is an emerging zoonotic virus that causes seasonal outbreaks of encephalitis in Bangladesh with> 75% mortality. Little is known about NiV dynamics in Pteropus medius, the putative bat reservoir in Bangladesh.

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