Dr Susan Elizabeth Girdwood


Dr Susan Elizabeth 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
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 microscopes) 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).


The rumen microbiome: an underexplored resource for novel antimicrobial discoveryOyama, L. B., Girdwood, S. E., Cookson, A. R., Fernandez-fuentes, N., Privé, F., Vallin, H. E., Wilkinson, T. J., Golyshin, P. N., Golyshina, O. V., Mikut, R., Hilpert, K., Richards, J., Wootton, M., Edwards, J. E., Maresca, M., Perrier, J., Lundy, F. T., Luo, Y., Zhou, M., Hess, M., Mantovani, H. C., Creevey, C. J. & Huws, S. A. 2017 In : npj Biofilms and Microbiomes.3, 1, 33
Changes in the total fecal bacterial population in individual horses maintained on a restricted diet over 6 weeksDougal, K., Harris, P. A., Girdwood, S., Creevey, C., Curtis, G., Barfoot, C. F., Argo, C. M. & Newbold, C. 2017 In : Frontiers in Microbiology.8, 1502
Buwchitin: A Ruminal Peptide with Antimicrobial Potential against Enterococcus faecalisOyama, L. B., Crochet, J-A., 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 In : Frontiers in Chemistry.5, 51
Can the bacterial community of a High Arctic glacier surface escape viral control?Edwards Rassner, S., Anesio, A., Girdwood, S. E., Hell, K., Gokul, J., Whitworth, D. & Edwards, A. 2016 In : Frontiers in Microbiology.7, 956
In vitro analysis of the effect of supplementation with activated charcoal on the equine hindgutEdmunds, J. L., Worgan, H., Dougal, K., Girdwood, S., Douglas, J-L. & McEwan, N. 2016 In : Journal of Equine Science.27, 2, p. 49-557 p.
Temporal dynamics of the metabolically active rumen bacteria colonising fresh perennial ryegrassHuws, S., Edwards, J. E., Creevey, C., Rees Stevens, P., Lin, W., Girdwood, S., Pachebat, J. & Kingston-Smith, A. 2016 In : FEMS Microbiology Ecology.92, 1, fiv 137
Characterization of the rumen lipidome and microbiome of steers fed a diet supplemented with flax and echium oilHuws, S., Kim, E. J., Cameron, S. J., Girdwood, S. E., Davies, L. J., Tweed, J., Vallin, H. E. & Scollan, N. 2015 In : Microbial Biotechnology.8, 2, p. 331-34121 p.
Isolation and characterization of novel lipases/esterases from a bovine rumen metagenomePrivé, F., Newbold, C. J., Kaderbhai, N. N., Girdwood, S. G., Golyshina, O. V., Golyshin, P. N., Scollan, N. D. & Huws, S. A. 2015 In : Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.99, 13, p. 5475-5485
Lobes on Alnus glutinosa nodules contain a single major ribotype of FrankiaMcEwan, N., Snelling, T., Collins, T., Girdwood, S., Wilkinson, T., Dougal, K., Jones, D. & Godbold, D. 2015 In : Endocytobiosis and Cell Research.26, p. 83-86
Coupled cryoconite ecosystem structure–function relationships are revealed by comparing bacterial communities in alpine and Arctic glaciersEdwards, 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 In : FEMS Microbiology Ecology.89, 2, p. 222-23715 p.
Pros and Cons of Ion-Torrent Next Generation Sequencing versus Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism T-RFLP for Studying the Rumen Bacterial CommunityDe La Fuente Oliver, G., Belanche Gracia, A., Girdwood, S. E., Pinloche, E., Wilkinson, T. & Newbold, C. J. 2014 In : PLoS One.9, 7, p. e10143513 p., 101435
Rumen bacterial community evaluated by 454 pyrosequencing and terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism analyses in dairy sheep fed marine algaeCastro-Carrera, T., Toral, P. G., Frutos, P., McEwan, N. R., Hervas, G., Abecia, L., Pinloche, E., Girdwood, S. E. & Belenguer, A. 2014 In : Journal of Dairy Science.97, 3, p. 1661-16699 p.
Characterisation of the Faecal Bacterial Community in Adult and Elderly Horses Fed a High Fibre, High Oil or High Starch Diet Using 454 PyrosequencingDougal, 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 In : PLoS One.9, 2, 9 p., e87424
Strong Stability and Host Specific Bacterial Community in Faeces of PoniesBlackmore, 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 In : PLoS One.8, 9, 9 p., e75079
Identification and Characterization of Three Novel Lipases Belonging to Families II and V from Anaerovibrio lipolyticus 5STPrivé, F., Kaderbhai, N. N., Girdwood, S., Worgan, H. J., Pinloche, E., Scollan, N. D., Huws, S. A. & Newbold, C. J. 2013 In : PLoS One.8, 8, 9 p., e69076
Draft genome sequence of Rhodococcus rhodnii Strain LMG5362, a symbiont of Rhodnius prolixus (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae), the principle vector of Trypanosoma cruzi.Pachebat, J. A., van Keulen, G., Whitten, M., Girdwood, S. E., Del Sol, R., Dyson, P. & Facey, P. 2013 In : Genome Announcements.1, 3, e00329-13
The dynamic bacterial communities of a melting High Arctic glacier snowpackHell, K., Edwards, A., Zarsky, J., Podmirseg, S. M., Girdwood, S., Pachebat, J. A., Insam, H. & Sattler, B. 2013 In : ISME Journal.7, p. 1814-1826
Identification of a Core Bacterial Community within the Large Intestine of the HorseDougal, K., De La Fuente Oliver, G., Harris, P. A., Girdwood, S. E., Pinloche, E. & Newbold, C. J. 2013 In : PLoS One.8, 10, 12 p., e77660
Maintaining functional major histocompatibility complex diversity under inbreeding: the case of a selfing vertebrateEllison, A., Allainguillaume, J., Girdwood, S., Pachebat, J., Peat, K. M., Wright, P. & Consuegra, S. 2012 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.279, 1749, p. 5004-5013