Ruth Ledder

Ruth Ledder


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Ruth Ledder is a senior lecturer within the Microbiology Research Group. Ruth joined the group in 1999 as a Research Technician undertaking industrially funded work focussing on the in vitro modelling and culture independent characterisation of bacterial biofilms. During this period she completed her undergraduate degree in Microbiology through part-time study. She became a full time postgraduate student in 2003 and a post-doctoral researcher in 2006. She secured an academic position in 2008.  Her research work has focussed largely on the ecology, physiology and pathogenicity of bacteria associated with the human mouth in health and disease. She leads the MPharm with a keen interest in innovative and interactive teaching methods that support the student learning experience.


M. Pharm Programme Director


1st year:  The Patient (deputy module leader) and the Public modules

2nd Year: IPP  (aseptic dispensing) and the Public (module leader) modules

4th year: Medicines into Practice: Microbial Infections and Disease.  Health Promotion and Public Engagement project strand. Microbiology research projects


Microbiology lead for Masters in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences

My collaborations

Prof Andrew McBain

Dr David Allison

Dr Gavin Humphreys


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

American Society for Microbiology

Society of General Microbiology

Society for Applied Microbiology

International Association for Dental Research

Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group


2003-2006. Ph.D., Microbiology Research Group, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester. Thesis title: Investigations into Oral Microbiology.

BSc. (1st class), Biological Sciences (Microbiology). Manchester Metropolitan University (2003).

Social responsibility

Public Outreach work with local primary schools (microbiology). Promoting STEM at primary school level with a particular focus on support and role modelling of girls and women in science.

Co-opted School Governor:  Norris Bank Primary School, Stockport

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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