Dr Susan Girdwood PhD

Dr Susan Girdwood

Senior Teaching Lab Technician

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I provide technical support for the following modules

BR10720/RD11520 Crop and Grassland Management
BR13810/BR14410 Applied Genetics/Exploring Genetics
RD11210 Animal Science
RD12010 Introduction to Biology
RD12220 Soil and Plant Science
BR20720/BG20720/RD22420 Applied Nutrition of Livestock, Horses and Companion Animals
BR21810 Chromosome Dynamics
RD25410 Animal Nutrition
BR30310 Advanced Equine Nutrition and Digestive Disorders
BR30610 Livestock and Equine "Omics" Technologies
BRM0300 Livestock Nutrition

I also assist in the running of the Advanced Microscopy & Bioimaging Laboratory (Hitachi S-4700 FESEM, JEOL 1010 TEM, JEOL 840A CryoSEM, Leica laser confocal microscope) and am responsible for a number of instruments in the Research Laboratories (e.g. GC, GC-MS, HPLC-MS, Bruker NIR, Sony SH800 Cell Sorter).



Dougal, K., Harris, P.A., Girdwood, S., Creevey, C., Curtis, G., Barfoot, C.F., Argo, C.M., Newbold, C. 2017. Changes in the total fecal bacterial population in individual horses maintained on a restricted diet over 6 weeks. Frontiers in Microbiology 1502 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01502

Oyama, L.B., Crochet, J., Edwards, J.E., Girdwood, S., Cookson, A., Fernandez-Fuentes, N., Hilpert, K., Golyshin, P.N., Golyshina, O.V., Privé, F., Hess, M., Mantovani, H.C., Creevey, C., Huws, S. 2017. Buwchitin: A Ruminal Peptide with Antimicrobial Potential against Enterococcus faecalis. Frontiers in Chemistry 5 51 10.3389/fchem.2017.00051 Cadair


Edwards Rassner, S., Anesio, A., Girdwood, S.E., Hell, K., Gokul, J., Whitworth, D., Edwards, A. 2016. Can the bacterial community of a High Arctic glacier surface escape viral control? Frontiers in Microbiology 7 956 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00956 Cadair

Edmunds, J.L., Worgan, H., Dougal, K., Girdwood, S., Douglas, J., McEwan, N. 2016. In vitro analysis of the effect of supplementation with activated charcoal on the equine hindgut. Journal of Equine Science 27 (2) pp. 49-55. 10.1294/jes.27.49 Cadair

Huws, S., Edwards, J.E., Creevey, C., Rees Stevens, P., Lin, W., Girdwood, S., Pachebat, J., Kingston-Smith, A. 2016. Temporal dynamics of the metabolically active rumen bacteria colonising fresh perennial ryegrass. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92 (1) fiv 137 10.1093/femsec/fiv137 Cadair


Huws, S., Kim, E.J., Cameron, S.J., Girdwood, S.E., Davies, L.J., Tweed, J., Vallin, H.E., Scollan, N. 2015. Characterization of the rumen lipidome and microbiome of steers fed a diet supplemented with flax and echium oil. Microbial Biotechnology 8 (2) pp. 331-341. 10.1111/1751-7915.12164 Cadair

Privé, F., Newbold, C.J., Kaderbhai, N.N., Girdwood, S.G., Golyshina, O.V., Golyshin, P.N., Scollan, N.D., Huws, S.A. 2015. Isolation and characterization of novel lipases/esterases from a bovine rumen metagenome. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 99 (13) pp. 5475-5485. 10.1007/s00253-014-6355-6 Cadair

McEwan, N., Snelling, T., Collins, T., Girdwood, S., Wilkinson, T., Dougal, K., Jones, D., Godbold, D. 2015. Lobes on Alnus glutinosa nodules contain a single major ribotype of Frankia. Endocytobiosis and Cell Research 26 pp. 83-86. Other Cadair


Edwards, A., Mur, L., Girdwood, S., Anesio, A.M., Stibal, M., Edwards Rassner, S., Hell, K., Pachebat, J., Post, B., Bussell, J.S., Cameron, S., Griffith, G., Hodson, A.J., Sattler, B. 2014. Coupled cryoconite ecosystem structure–function relationships are revealed by comparing bacterial communities in alpine and Arctic glaciers. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 89 (2) pp. 222-237. 10.1111/1574-6941.12283 Cadair

De La Fuente Oliver, G., Belanche Gracia, A., Girdwood, S.E., Pinloche, E., Wilkinson, T., Newbold, C.J. 2014. Pros and Cons of Ion-Torrent Next Generation Sequencing versus Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism T-RFLP for Studying the Rumen Bacterial Community. PLoS One 9 (7) 101435 pp. e101435. 10.1371/journal.pone.0101435 Cadair

Castro-Carrera, T., Toral, P.G., Frutos, P., McEwan, N.R., Hervas, G., Abecia, L., Pinloche, E., Girdwood, S.E., Belenguer, A. 2014. Rumen bacterial community evaluated by 454 pyrosequencing and terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism analyses in dairy sheep fed marine algae. Journal of Dairy Science 97 (3) pp. 1661-1669. 10.3168/jds.2013-7243 Cadair

Dougal, K., De La Fuente Oliver, G., Harris, P.A., Girdwood, S.E., Pinloche, E., Geor, R.J., Nielsen, B.D., Schott, H.C., Elzinga, S., Newbold, C.J. 2014. Characterisation of the Faecal Bacterial Community in Adult and Elderly Horses Fed a High Fibre, High Oil or High Starch Diet Using 454 Pyrosequencing. PLoS One 9 (2) e87424 10.1371/journal.pone.0087424 Cadair


Blackmore, T.M., Dugdale, A., Argo, C.M., Curtis, G., Pinloche, E., Harris, P.A., Worgan, H.J., Girdwood, S.E., Dougal, K., Newbold, C.J., McEwan, N.R. 2013. Strong Stability and Host Specific Bacterial Community in Faeces of Ponies. PLoS One 8 (9) e75079 10.1371/journal.pone.0075079 Cadair

Privé, F., Kaderbhai, N.N., Girdwood, S., Worgan, H.J., Pinloche, E., Scollan, N.D., Huws, S.A., Newbold, C.J. 2013. Identification and Characterization of Three Novel Lipases Belonging to Families II and V from Anaerovibrio lipolyticus 5ST. PLoS One 8 (8) e69076 10.1371/journal.pone.0069076

Pachebat, J.A., van Keulen, G., Whitten, M., Girdwood, S.E., Del Sol, R., Dyson, P., Facey, P. 2013. Draft genome sequence of Rhodococcus rhodnii Strain LMG5362, a symbiont of Rhodnius prolixus (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae), the principle vector of Trypanosoma cruzi. Genome Announcements 1 (3) e00329-13 10.1128/genomeA.00329-13 Cadair

Hell, K., Edwards, A., Zarsky, J., Podmirseg, S.M., Girdwood, S., Pachebat, J.A., Insam, H., Sattler, B. 2013. The dynamic bacterial communities of a melting High Arctic glacier snowpack. ISME Journal 7 pp. 1814-1826. 10.1038/ismej.2013.51 Cadair

Dougal, K., De La Fuente Oliver, G., Harris, P.A., Girdwood, S.E., Pinloche, E., Newbold, C.J. 2013. Identification of a Core Bacterial Community within the Large Intestine of the Horse. PLoS One 8 (10) e77660 10.1371/journal.pone.0077660 Cadair


Ellison, A., Allainguillaume, J., Girdwood, S., Pachebat, J., Peat, K.M., Wright, P., Consuegra, S. 2012. Maintaining functional major histocompatibility complex diversity under inbreeding: the case of a selfing vertebrate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279 (1749) pp. 5004-5013. 10.1098/rspb.2012.1929 Cadair