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Louise Carson graduated in 2006 with a Master of Pharmacy degree (1st Class Honours) from Queen's University Belfast, and completed her pre-registration training in community pharmacy.  In 2007 she returned to the School of Pharmacy to undertake a PhD in the area of medical device related infection and bacterial virulence.  She completed her PhD in January 2011, and following an industry-funded postdoctoral fellowship, was appointed to a lectureship in Pharmaceutical Science in August 2012.

Dr Carson is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

Dr Carson's research addresses issues associated with the use of implantable medical devices (such as catheters, joint prosthesis, pacemakers, implantable biosensors).  Complications associated with such devices may include infection and biofilm formation, inflammation, and the foreign body response that occurs as the body attempts to isolate the implant from surrounding tissues. When these complications occur they can result in device failure, increased patient morbidity, and increased burden on healthcare finances and resources.

Dr Carson's focus is developing materials that mimic the surrounding tissue, in order to prevent such complications, and promote healing following device implantation.


Current Lab Members:

  • Lucy Geddes (PhD student)
  • Ryan McFadden (PhD student)


Contributes to the following modules on the MPharm degree:

  • PMY1017 Practicing as a Pharmacist
  • PMY2016 Medicinal Substances
  • PMY2006 Pharmaceutical Technology
  • PMY3176 Advanced Delivery for Large and Small Molecules
  • PMY4107 Advanced Pharmaceutical Care
  • PMY4005 Level 4 Project

Contributes to the following modules on the BSc PharmSci and Pharm Biotech degrees:

  • PMY1020 Mathematics and Statistical Skills
  • PMY2020 Industrial Pharmaceutics (Module Coordinator)
  • PMY2025 Pharmaceutical Formulation (Module Coordinator)

Distance Learning Supervisor:

  • PG Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
  • MSc Clinical Pharmacy


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Projects 2017 2019

Selected Research Output 2006 2019

80 Citations (Scopus)
Proteus mirabilis
Escherichia coli
29 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Intraocular lenses
Photosensitizing Agents
Intraocular Lenses
173 Citations (Scopus)

Antibiofilm activities of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquids

Carson, L., Chau, P. K. W., Earle, M. J., Gilea, M. A., Gilmore, B. F., Gorman, S. P., McCann, M. T. & Seddon, K. R., 2009, In : Green Chemistry. 11, 4, p. 492-497 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ionic Liquids
Ionic liquids
4 Citations (Scopus)

Comprehensive Inhibitor Profiling Of The Proteus Mirabilis Metalloprotease Virulence Factor Zapa (Mirabilysin)

Carson, L., Cathcart, G., Scott, C., Hollenberg, M. D., Walker, B., Ceri, H. & Gilmore, B., Aug 2011, In : Biochimie. 93, 10, p. 1824-1827 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Proteus mirabilis
Virulence Factors
10 Citations (Scopus)
Proteus mirabilis
Urinary Catheters
Nalidixic Acid
4 Citations (Scopus)
Proteus mirabilis
Pseudomonas aeruginosa


Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Louise Carson (Recipient), 27 Jan 2014

Prize: Other distinction

Society for Applied Microbiology President's Fund Grant

Louise Carson (Recipient), 09 Jul 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Selected Activities 2009 2019

Yale University

Louise Carson (Visitor)
01 Jun 201330 Jul 2013

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation