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Dr Jeroen Nieuwland is a molecular geneticist with a background in plant biology and molecular diagnostics.

He completed his PhD in plant cell biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands in 2004. His thesis was about the discovery of a new type of plant cell wall loosening protein and its effect on growth and reproduction.

He successfully applied for an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship to work on cell division in plants in the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. From 2009 he continued his research as a Research Fellow at Cardiff University, and in 2015 Dr Nieuwland joined the University of South Wales as a senior lecturer.

Dr Nieuwland is currently involved in the development of a rapid and affordable molecular testing platform which can be used in the detection of for example COVID-19 and UTIs. Dr Nieuwland is collaborating with Public Health Wales, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and various industry partners.

He is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA).


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

Education/Academic qualification

Plant cell biology, PhD, Radboud University Nijmegen

Award Date: 2 Mar 2004


  • QH301 Biology
  • QK Botany


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