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Alex began her career studying Microbiology at the University of Leeds, including a year’s work experience placement at the Public Health Laboratory Service in Preston, and graduated in 2003. She took a PhD position at the University of Leicester to study transcriptional regulation in the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans, and after her PhD was awarded she remained at Leicester in a variety of postdoctoral research positions including working on phase variation in the infectious bacteria Campylobacter jejuni and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Alex joined the University of Northampton as a Lecturer in 2017.

Research Interests

Alex’s research focuses on how infectious bacteria respond to changes in their environment and how this affects their ability to grow and cause disease in humans. She is interested in the very different responses of Campylobacter jejuni during colonisation of the chicken gut and of Streptococcus pneumoniae in the human lungs and bloodstream. These organisms are leading causes of gastroenteritis and pneumonia respectively, contributing to extremely high levels of disease and mortality worldwide.


Lewis Waterfield; Sports, Exercise and Life Science

Response of Streptococcus pneumoniae to metal and oxidative stresses.


Mett Smart; Sports, Exercise and Life Science

Bacterial Growth within Endoscope Channels between Reprocessing and Use: a scientific approach

Teaching Interests

Alex contributes to teaching on the following programmes, focusing on Microbiology, Epidemiology, Genetics and Molecular biology

  • BSc Human Bioscience
  • BSc Biomedical Science
  • BSc Biology
  • BSc Health Studies
  • MSc Molecular Biosciences

Alex is module leader for the following modules:

  • SLS2010 Health and Disease
  • SLS2014 Techniques in Molecular Biology
  • SLS3011 Pathogen Biology
  • MSc Molecular Bioscience Dissertation Modules

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Leeds

PhD, University of Leicester

External positions

Junior Editor, Access Microbiology, Microbiology Society

1 Oct 2018 → …

Honorary Visiting Fellow, University of Leicester

1 Jul 20171 Jul 2022

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Research Output

  • 5 Article
  • 1 Review Article
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

RitR is an archetype for a novel family of redox sensors in the streptococci that has evolved from two-component response regulators and is required for pneumococcal colonization

Glanville, D. G., Han, L., Maule, A. F., Woodacre, A., Thanki, D., Abdullah, I. T., Morrissey, J. A., Clarke, T. B., Yesilkaya, H., Silvaggi, N. R. & Ulijasz, A. T., 11 May 2018, In : PLoS pathogens. 14, 5, p. 1-41 41 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
  • High Throughput Method for Analysis of Repeat Number for 28 Phase Variable Loci of Campylobacter jejuni Strain NCTC11168

    Lango-Scholey, L., Aidley, J., Woodacre, A., Jones, M. A. & Bayliss, C. D., 28 Jul 2016, In : PLoS ONE. 11, 7, p. 1-15 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • A novel Sit4 phosphatase complex is involved in the response to ceramide stress in yeast

    Woodacre, A., Lone, M. A., Jablonowski, D., Schneiter, R., Giorgini, F. & Schaffrath, R., 2013, In : Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Ferric reductase genes involved in high-affinity iron uptake are differentially regulated in yeast and hyphae of Candida albicans

    Jeeves, R. E., Mason, R. P., Woodacre, A. & Cashmore, A. M., 21 Jun 2011, In : Yeast. 28, 9, p. 629-644 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Copper-dependent transcriptional regulation by Candida albicans Mac1p

    Woodacre, A., Mason, R. P., Jeeves, R. E. & Cashmore, A. M., 2008, In : Microbiology. p. 1502-1512 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

  • An Updated Classification System and Review of the Lipooligosaccharide Biosynthesis Gene Locus in Campylobacter jejuni

    Machado, L., Woodacre, A., Hameed, A. & Marsden, G. L., 19 May 2020, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 11, 677, p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalReview Article

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Activities

    • 3 Participating in a conference or workshop
    • 1 Editorial work
    • 1 Publication Peer-review
    • 1 Oral presentation

    American Society for Microbiology

    Lee Machado (Participant), Alexandra Woodacre (Participant), Gemma L Marsden (Participant) & Amber Hameed (Participant)

    20 Jun 201924 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch


    Access Microbiology (Journal)

    Alexandra Woodacre (Reviewer)

    25 Mar 2019

    Activity: Publication Peer-review and Editorial WorkPublication Peer-reviewResearch

    Induction of inflammasome-dependent signalling in the human monocytic cell line THP-1 by Campylobacter lipooligosaccharides

    Alexandra Woodacre (Speaker)

    11 Apr 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    5th Midlands Molecular Microbiology Meeting

    Alexandra Woodacre (Participant) & Amber Hameed (Participant)

    13 Sep 201814 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

    Access Microbiology (Journal)

    Alexandra Woodacre (Reviewer)

    1 Oct 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication Peer-review and Editorial WorkEditorial workResearch

    Microbiology Society Annual Conference

    Alexandra Woodacre (Participant)

    11 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopTeaching