I took my first degree in Microbiology & Genetics at UCL and trained as a Biomedical Scientist before embarking on a career in academic research. Following research posts studying the role of histones in gene regulation at Kings College London and the pathophysiology of asthma at the National Heart & Lung Institute I completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle.
For my PhD I studied the regulation of Shiga toxin gene expression in Escherichia coli O157:H7, demonstrating the link between up regulation of Shiga toxin genes following exposure to antibiotics, the bacterial SOS response and activation of the lytic cycle of the Shiga toxin phage. This work highlighted the risks of antibiotic therapy in the treatment of this infection.
Following postdoctoral work on the role of type III secretion in the virulence of Chlamydia trachomatis at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine I worked as a Clinical Scientist in the Department of Clinical Microbiology at University Hospitals, Leicester.
I joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Westminster in 2006 where I am course leader for BSc Biomedical Sciences.
Professional Registration and Society Membership
HCPC Registered Clinical Scientist (CS11068)
Member of the Microbiology Society
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science
Associate Member of the Association for Learning Technology
External examiner for MSc Biomedical Sciences at Nottingham Trent University
External examiner for MSc Clinical Laboratory Science at Dublin Institute of Technology
HCPC approval panels
HCPC registration assessor
IBMS Specialist Advisor and Deputy Chief of Examinations (Medical Microbiology)
Manuscript reviews for a number of journals including FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology and Journal of Medical Microbiology.
Grant reviewer for NIHR Invention for Innovation and Wellcome Trust.
I teach undergraduates and postgraduates largely in medical microbiology including doctoral supervision.
I have completed an MA in Higher Education, graduating with distinction. I am also a Learning and Teaching Quality Representative. In 2016, I was awarded a University of Westminster Teaching Fellowship.
I am particularly interested in the applications of TEL and mobile learning tools and I have developed a number of podcasts to support learning in the Biomedical Sciences which can be seen at the YouTube channel 'DrKimmitt'. In addition I was part of a team who have developed an innovative online learning site www.studyspark.org.
I have a broad and diverse range of research interests within medical microbiology and molecular biology. These include the development and use of methods to improve access to screening for sexually transmitted infections, the development and applications of novel molecular tools for the detection and characterisation of pathogenic microorganisms and studies on the transmission of pathogens in healthcare environments and I am available for consultancy work in these areas.