Dr Yamni Nigam
Associate Professor
Interprofessional Studies
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 8565

Yamni is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Science at the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University. She lectures in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. Her specialist teaching subjects include digestion, blood, immunology, microbiology, parasitology and wounds (infection and healing).

Her research career, investigating the immune system of insects and invertebrates, commenced with her doctorate at Swansea University and now spans over 25 years. Her post-doctoral experience includes a period of time spent at Fundaco Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, researching immune defences in insects that cause Chagas’ Disease.

In 2001, she set up the Swansea Maggot Research Group, which focuses on the medicinal maggot, Lucilia sericata, and the molecules involved in larval therapy. She and her team have undertaken numerous investigations, and published their findings primarily on the antimicrobial activity of larval secretions, and wound healing molecules associated with this insect.

In addition, she is investigating the presence of antimicrobial and haemostatic factors in other invertebrates.

She is a member of the Welsh Wound Network group, set up through the Welsh Assembly in 2007, and has recently been awarded a grant from the Welsh Government to fund her investigations into the development of a new antibiotic from larval secretions. In April 2014, Yamni was selected as an elected participant of the elite Welsh Crucible Programme, promoting the development of future Research Leaders in Wales.

Yamni is an Athena Swan Champion. She is also a member of the British Society for Parasitology and an Elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.

She is a trained STEM Ambassador, delivering interactive sessions on Microbiology and entomology to pupils at local schools.

Areas of Expertise

  • maggots
  • larval therapy
  • antimicrobial factors
  • wound healing
  • invertebrate immunology

Publications

  1. & Anatomy and physiology of ageing 9: the immune system.. Nursing Times 113(10), 42-45.
  2. & Anatomy and physiology of ageing 8: the reproductive system. Nursing Times 113(9), 44-47.
  3. & Anatomy and physiology of ageing 7: the endocrine system. Nursing Times 113(8), 48-51.
  4. & Anatomy and physiology of ageing 6: the eyes and ears. Nursing Times 113(7), 39-42.
  5. & Anatomy and physiology of ageing 5: the nervous system. Nursing Times 113(6), 55-58.

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Teaching

  • SHG3097 Travel Health for Primary Care Providers

    This module provides basic skills and knowledge in travel health. Specifically it explores pre-travel risk assessment and risk management, common tropical diseases, travel vaccines and preventive health advice for travellers.

  • SHP209 Pathophysiology 1 - Diseases and Disorders of the Vital Organs

    This level 5 module builds upon existing scientific knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology of the human body, obtained in level 4. This new module focuses primarily on the five vital organs (the brain, the heart, the lungs, the liver and the kidneys), and covers in depth, the pathophysiology of each organ, providing details of the diseases and disorders which may affect these key organs.

  • SHP210 Pathophysiology 2 - Abnormal States and Disease

    This level 5 module builds upon existing scientific knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology of the human body, obtained in level 4. This new module focuses on abnormal states and pathophysiology of many of the body¿s organs and systems, and covers in depth, diseases and disorders which are clinically observed in these systems.

  • SHP354 Systems Physiology and Common Pathologies

    This module builds on the students¿ knowledge and understanding of human physiological processes which are fundamental to health and wellbeing. Students should extend their comprehension of systems failure and the adverse effect this has on maintenance of health. Students should have a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology.

External Responsibilities

  • Invited Speaker - Love a maggot presentation , Pentre’r Graig Primary School

    2017 - 2017

  • Invited Expert Speaker - Larval debridement therapy:, EWMA focus session, Amsterdam

    2017 - 2017

  • Invited Speaker – CHHS A slice of impact , changing public perception through PE

    2017 - 2017

  • Invited Speaker - love a maggot presentation , Coleg Sir Gar March

    2017 - 2017

  • Invited Speaker - Love a Maggot presentation, ESRC staff away day, Swindon Feb

    2017 - 2017

  • Invited speaker – Love a Maggot RACE Equality Charter Launch, Swansea University

    2016 - 2016

  • Invited Expert Speaker - The Science of Larval Therapy, TVN and podiatrist convention, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    2016 - 2016

  • Invited Expert Speaker , Larval Therapy, Aarhus, Denmark

    2016 - 2016

  • Speaker - Medical Maggots, British Science Festival

    2016 - 2016

  • Invited Speaker - Innovations in Would Healing, ARCH Festival of Innovation

    2016 - 2016

  • Invited speaker – Medicinal Maggots and Wound Healing; What’s ne, Public Health, and Primary Care, Birmingham

    2016 - 2016

  • Invited Speaker Burns, Wounds and Maggots , College of Paramedics

    2016 - 2016

  • Invited Expert Speaker, European Distributors Meeting , Biomonde

    2016 - 2016

  • Invited Key Note Speaker, Medicinal Maggots , CITER Wound Healing Workshop

    2016 - 2016

  • Invited Speaker "Are larvae an undervalued resource?", Tissue Viability Champions Day, Swansea

    2015 - 2015

  • Invited Expert Speaker "The Science of Larval Therapy.", Wound Management Association (Western Branch) meeting, Galway

    2015 - 2015

  • Invited expert speaker at larval therapy seminar, Hinckley, Leicestershire

    2015 - 2015

  • Interviewed by BBC Radio Wales, Science café, Swansea University Maggot Research Group

    2015 - 2015

  • Invited Expert Speaker, Science behind Larval Therapy, All Wales Facility Tour, Bridgend

    2015 - 2015

  • Invited Expert Speaker, Bio-Chemical Process of Larval Therapy, Pan Avon TVN Meeting, Bristol

    2015 - 2015

  • Invited Speaker 'Wounds in Wales - Excellence in the Laboratory', National Conference, WWIC, Cardiff

    2014 - 2014

  • Soap-box Science presenter , "There's a maggot in my wound!"

    2014 - 2014

  • Invited Chair, Welsh Wound Network Meeting, Swansea

    2014 - 2014

  • Invited speaker, Wounds UK - National conference, Harrogate

    2013 - 2013

  • Invited Expert Speaker, Larval Therapy Workshop, Enfield

    2013 - 2013

  • Invited Expert Speaker, Larval Therapy Workshop, Wakefield

    2013 - 2013

  • Invited Speaker, European Larval Therapy Research Group, LMU, Leiden, Holland

    2013 - 2013

  • Invited Expert Speaker, BBC Radio Wales

    2013 - 2013

  • Invited Expert Speaker, Wound Debridement & Larval Therapy Workshop, Belfast, N.Ireland

    2012 - 2012

  • Invited Expert Speaker, Wound Debridement & Larval Therapy Workshop, Slough, UK

    2012 - 2012

  • Invited Expert Speaker, Wound Debridement & Larval Therapy Workshop, Bristol, UK

    2012 - 2012

  • Invited Chair and Session Speaker, 15th National Meeting of EPUAP, Cardiff

    2012 - 2012

  • Invited Expert Speaker, Larval Therapy Workshop, Edinburgh

    2012 - 2012

  • Presentation, Biomonde Larval Therapy Meeting, Bridgend

    2012 - 2012

  • Development of novel bio-therapeutics from medicinal maggots, MediWales – The University Challenge Seminar, Cardiff

    2011 - 2011

  • Research into larvae in tissue viability, Welsh Wound Network, Wrexham

    2011 - 2011

  • Conference Paper - The Mystery of the Medicinal Maggot, Wounds UK, Harrogate

    2010 - 2010

  • Invited Session Chair - “Exploiting insects and novel products”, RES Conference

    2010 - 2010

Key Grants and Projects

  • Production of Seraticin 2016 - 2017

    Polypharmakos Ltd and Lucilia Pharma Ltd

  • The role of maggots in wound healing 2016 - 2016

    , College of Human and Health Sciences

  • Welsh Crucible "Exploring the 'Culture of Disgust'" - (PI) The application of living Maggots on Chronic Wounds (a pilot study) 2015

  • An analysis of anti-vibro activity in rag worm mucus (PI) Prochaete Innovations Ltd 2015

  • Investor G8 - FtsZ inhibitors (PI) 2014

  • Development of Seraticin® as a first-in-class antibiotic against Gram–ve and Gram+ve bacteria, including MRSA 2013 - 2014

    Welsh European Funding Office: A4B – LADP award.

  • ESPRC (BTG escalate) award. The cockroach factor. 2013 - 2013

  • Development of a novel synthetic antibiotic derived from the naturally occurring antibiotic "seraticin" produced by Lucilia sericata 2012 - 2013

  • Small scale synthesis of seraticin 2012 - 2013

    DRI - Welsh Government

  • Clots from Crabs: Can factors from invertebrates act as clotting agents for human blood? 2012 - 2012

    ESPRC (BTG) award - Principal Investigator

  • Identification and characterisation of a novel antifungal compound from the secretions of the Medicinal Maggot 2012 - 2015

    College of Human and Health Sciences – University Studentship.

  • Synthesis and characterisation of seraticin® 2010 - 2011

    European Union/Welsh Assembly Government -Early Stage Development Funding

  • Isolation and purification of anti-microbial factors from invertebrates 2012 - 2009

    School of Health Science – University Studentship

  • Early Stage Proof Of Concept (ESPOC) Knowledge Exploitation Fund (WAG) 2009 - 2009

  • Identification, Characterisation and Mode of Action of an Antimicrobial Compound secreted by the Larvae of Lucilia Sericata 2008 - 2010

    Action Medical Research

  • Presence of Antimicrobial Factors in Ragworm Mucus 2008 - 2008

    Dragon Baits Ltd / WAG

  • Early Stage Proof Of Concept (ESPOC) 2006 - 2006

    KEF

  • Purification, isolation and mode of action of maggot secretions active against MRSA 2006 - 2008

    Action Medical Research

  • SURF Research as Art Competition: Winner of Academic Award 2012 2012 - 2012

Additional Teaching (part 1)

SHC213 Pathophysiology
This level 2 module is designed to expand and advance the prior knowledge of the students gained during the level 1 module SHC126 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1. This module builds upon existing scientific and clinical knowledge, carrying on the progression to application of knowledge to the clinical environment. Topics covered in the module range from cellular pathology to examining the pathogenesis of conditions from cause/risk factors to clinical presentation for the major organ systems.

SHE110 Basic Pre-Hospital Care Practice
This module sets the scene to introduce students to pre-hospital care work and will focus on introductions to the body systems, protocols, policies and procedures specific technical skills, mindful of the role of the individual in the team.

SHE107 Developing the emergency care role
This module will develop the skills needed to deal with critical injuries, trauma and emergencies in childbirth and gynaecology in the pre-hospital setting.

SHC128 Applied Human Biology
This module will introduce the student to applied biological sciences. The module will begin with an exploration of the structure and function of the major organic compounds found in the human body. Moving on to aspects of cellular physiology and basic pharmacology.

SHE100 Foundations in Human Anatomy and Physiology and Common Medical Conditions
This module is designed to meet the specific needs of students on the Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Paramedic Science for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). The module assumes no prior knowledge of the subject material and provides an overview of the structure and function of each organ system. The module enhances material delivered in lead lectures and makes use of the pre-existing Visual Bioscience software developed by the College.

Additional Teaching (part 2)

SHF101 Anatomy and Physiology 1
This module aims to provide an understanding of the structure and function of the key systems which is a core requirement of osteopathic medicine. This module utilises lecture and laboratory based study to explore the anatomy and pathophysiology of the major systems of the human body. Furthermore, this module will be used to underpin the applied knowledge required to understand the clinical presentation, diagnosis and osteopathic management of pathological conditions.

SHE213 Clinical decision making within the healthcare team
This module develops the core skills for paramedics, underpinned by appropriate theory and building on level one outcomes.

SHG3097 Travel Health for Primary Care Providers
This module provides basic skills and knowledge in travel health. Specifically it explores pre-travel risk assessment and risk management, common tropical diseases, travel vaccines and preventive health advice for travellers.

SHN125 Introduction to the fundamentals of Nursing practice (Adult)
This core module addresses specific keys areas relating to the fundamentals of nursing practice and clinical exposure. The module will introduce students to the profession of nursing, the underpinning values of the nursing profession and the professional codes of practice. The importance of patient dignity, respect, care and compassion will be integrated throughout the module and related to safe, person-centred care. The module will introduce the students to meeting the client/service user’s physical and emotional needs.

Additional Teaching (part 3)

SHN127 What is Nursing? (Adult)
This module will allow students to gain insight into the clinical decision making process its importance in planning safe and effective care to a range of service users/clients. The module will explore the development of nursing and its values. The theories of nursing and the nursing process will be introduced

SHP100 Applied Human Biology
This module will introduce the student to applied biological sciences. The module will begin with an exploration of the structure and function of the major organic compounds found in the human body, moving on to aspects of cellular physiology and basic pharmacology.

SHP104 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
This module uses lecture and laboratory based study to explore the anatomy and physiology of the major organs and organ systems of the human body. Teaching will begin with the molecular and cellular basis of life, utilising appropriate techniques to illustrate the structure of organelles, cells and tissues. The major organs and organ systems will be examined and their role in homeostasis explained, with the importance of the interplay between different organs emphasised.

SHP207 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This module will develop knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Teaching will build upon the lecture material delivered in year 1. The major organs and organ systems will be examined in detail, including relevant physical and biochemical processes.

SHP354 Systems Physiology and Common Pathologies