• Bush Estate

    EH26 0PH Penicuik

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

  • Monogastric (e.g. chicken and pig) gut microbiota and its interactions with host health and performance
  • Antimicrobial alternatives, with special interest in reducing antimicrobial usage in farm animals
  • Modulation/detection of zoonotic pathogens such as Campylobacter
  • Mathematical modelling of gut microbiota
  • Bacteriology and molecular genetics


MSc Student (2021-2022) “Backyard chickens are treated as pets and consequently benefit from higher welfare standards than commercial free range laying hens”; Applied Poultry Science, The University of Edinburgh

MSc Student (2020-2021) "The Effect of covid19 on the UK egg market"; Applied Poultry Science, The University of Edinburgh


  • 2021-2022: CIEL Seed Funding for Industry-led Research & Innovation 2021/22 "Peracetic acid precursors as alternatives to supra-nutritional levels of zinc oxide in weaned pigs" Galgano, S., Houdijk, J.
  • 2020-2021: Orchard "Towards a campylobacter analysis and detection" Galgano, S., Lowe, A., Whyte, F., Khattak, F., Sparks, N., Houdijk, J.
  • 2019-2022: Innovate UK "Encapsulated antimicrobial precursors for non-antibiotic treatment of MDRO in poultry Principal" Houdijk, J., Whyte, F. & Sparks, N.


  • Introduction to genetics (Applied Animal Science); lecturer
  • Antimicrobial and Antimicrobial Resistance (Pharmacology in Animal Health module for Applied Animal Science); lecturer
  • Poultry meat production systems (HNC – distance learning); lecturer
  • Research Skills and Statistics (Applied Animal Science); turorials, workoshops and assessments

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Edinburgh


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