Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Research Technician



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422Guy Scadding BuildingRoyal Brompton Campus






Colin Churchward is a Researcher in the Genomic Medicine section at the Nation Heart and Lung Institute at the Royal Brompton campus. He is a specialised Medical Microbiologist who has previously worked at Public Health England (Colindale), Kingston University, and Animal and Plant Health Agency (Weybridge). Colin’s current research interests involves the identification and characterisation of bacteria isolated from the lungs of asthmatic patients and healthy controls. The work entails the aerobic and anaerobic culture of the bacteria, initial biochemical characterisation and whole genome sequencing.

Colin is also involved in other projects such as Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) whole genome sequencing and use of the Oxford Nanopore Minion for sequencing of respiratory pathogens.

Areas of specialism

  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Microbial genomics
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Antimicrobial Resistance

Bacteria of specialism

  • Neisseria
  • Mycoplasma
  • Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)
  • Haemophilus


  • PhD Medical Microbiology, Kingston University, 2016
  • MSc Medical Microbiology, University of Surrey, 2012
  • BSc Molecular Biology, University of Portsmouth, 2002

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Biomedical Scientists
  • Microbiology Society

External Links

Genomic Medicine


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Churchward CP, Al-Kinani AA, Abdelkader H, et al., 2020, Monocaprin eye drop formulation to combat antibiotic resistant gonococcal blindness, Scientific Reports, Vol:10, ISSN:2045-2322

Cole MJ, Tan W, Fifer H, et al., 2020, Gentamicin, azithromycin and ceftriaxone in the treatment of gonorrhoea: the relationship between antibiotic MIC and clinical outcome, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Vol:75, ISSN:0305-7453, Pages:449-457

Dolange V, Churchward CP, Christodoulides M, et al., 2018, The growing threat of gonococcal blindness, Antibiotics, Vol:7, ISSN:2079-6382

Churchward CP, Calder A, Snyder LAS, 2018, Mutations in Neisseria gonorrhoeae grown in sub-lethal concentrations of monocaprin do not confer resistance, Plos One, Vol:13, ISSN:1932-6203

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