Key Experience:

Multi-disciplinary background with 30 years experience of R&D in the pharmaceutical and textile industries. Areas of expertise include:

Computing Skills:

Designed company database for jobs and visit reports. This Access database was in use from 1994 - 2000. Experienced in Web site design and maintenance. Proficient in many software applications and some programming languages, including:

Education and Professional Qualifications:

BTTG, 1982 - to present

Currently Group Quality Manager at BTTG. Other responsibilities include:

        Auditing in UK, Belgium, Greece, India, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Spain and United States

        R&D activities that I have been involved in over the last few years have included:

University of Nottingham, 1978 - 1982

Developed novel protoplast-based techniques for the genetic manipulation of commercially important fungi. Part of this work was successfully submitted for a PhD.

Glaxo Ltd, 1970 - 1978

Worked on strain improvement of antibiotic producing microorganisms and fermentation development. Progressed from laboratory technician to scientific officer.

Selected Publications:


Wales, D.S., Hamlyn, P.F., Todd, J.E. and Sagar, B.F. (1987). Preservation treatments of textile materials and their assessment, in The society for Applied Bacteriology Technical Series No. 22: Preservatives in the Food, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Industries (R.G. Board, M.C. Allwood and J.G. Banks, eds.), Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford,
England, pp. 99-113.

Hamlyn, P.F. (1990). Talking rot and mildew. Textiles, 19, 46-50.

Hamlyn, P.F. & McCarthy, B.J. (2000). Talking rot and mildew on textiles. Biologist, 47(4),


Hamlyn, P.F., Wales, D.S. & Sagar, B.F. (1987). Extracellular enzymes of Penicillium, in Biotechnology Handbooks, Volume I: Penicillium and Acremonium (Peberdy, J.F., ed.), Plenum Publishing Corporation, New York, pp. 245-286.

Hamlyn, P.F. (1995). The impact of biotechnology on the textile industry. Textiles Magazine,
3, 6-10.

Hamlyn, P.F. (1998). Fungal biotechnology. British Mycological Society Newsletter, May,
pp. 17-18.

Hamlyn, P.F. (2000). Bringing the benefits of biotechnology to textiles and clothing (report on the symposium 'Biotechnology in the Textile Industry' held in Portugal, 3-7 May 2000). BioTexNet Newsletter, July 2000.

Hamlyn, P.F. & McCarthy, B.J. (2001). Application of genetic modification techniques in the production of textile fibres.  Rev. Prog. Color., 31, 15-20.

Hays, H., Millner, P., Gibson, T., Hamlyn, P.F. & Rayner-Brandes, M. (2002). Storage stabilisation of bacteria - application of lux bioluminescence for rapid screening of potential stabilisers, in Abstracts of the 3rd International Conference on Protein Stabilisation: Biocatalyst Stability, Toulouse, France.

Field Mycology

Hamlyn, P.F. & Cook, R. (1996). North West Fungus Group goes on-line. Mycologist, 10(4), 177-179.

Hamlyn, P.F. (2001). Honey fungus - friend or foe? North West Fungus Group Newsletter (ISSN 1465-8054), October Issue, 13-15.

Hamlyn, P.F. (2001). Key links for field mycologists. Field Mycology, 2(4), 140-142.

Hamlyn, P.F. (2003). Is it adnexed, emarginate or sinuate? North West Fungus Group Newsletter (ISSN 1465-8054), October Issue, 8.

Hamlyn, P.F. (2004). Digital photography for the field mycologist - evaluation of the Nikon Coolpix 5000. Micscape Magazine, June Issue.

Hamlyn, P.F. (2005). An Interview with Professor Bruce Ing. North West Fungus Group Newsletter (ISSN 1465-8054), May Issue, 6-7.

Fungal Protoplasts

Hamlyn, P.F. and Ball, C. (1979). 'Recombination studies with Cephalosporium acremonium', in Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms (O.K.Sebek and A.I.Laskin, eds.), American Society for Microbiology, Washington, USA, pp. 185-191.

Hamlyn, P.F., Bradshaw, R.E, Mellon, F.M., Santiago, C.M., Wilson, J.M. & Peberdy, J.F. (1981). Efficient protoplast isolation from fungi using commercial enzymes. Enzyme Microbial Technology, 3, 321-325.

Hamlyn, P.F. (1982). Protoplast fusion and genetic analysis in Cephalosporium acremonium. PhD Thesis, University of Nottingham.

Hamlyn, P.F., Birkett. J.A., Perez, G. & Peberdy, J.F. (1985). Protoplast fusion as a tool for genetic analysis in Cephalosporium acremonium. Journal of General Microbiology, 131,


Hamlyn, P.F. (1995). A mycologist's guide to the Internet. Mycologist, 9(4), 165-167.

Hamlyn, P.F. (1995). Textile resources on the Internet. Textiles Magazine, 4, 6-11.

Hamlyn, P.F. (1996). Mycological resources on the Internet. Mycologist, 10(1), 7.

Hamlyn, P.F. (1997). Creating a mycological site on the Internet. Mycologist, 11(1), 23-26.

Local History

Hamlyn, P.F. (1995). Guide to The Towers, Didsbury. BTTG in-house publication.

Molecular Biology

Hamlyn, P.F., Nelson, G. & McCarthy, B.J. (1990). Applied molecular genetics - new tools for animal fibre identification, in Speciality Fibres: Scientific, Technological and Economical Aspects (A. Körner, F.J. Wortmann, G. Wortmann and H. Höcker, eds.), Schriftenreihe des Deutschen Wollforschungsinstitutes, a.d. Technischen Hochschule Aachen, e.v., 106, pp. 249-258.

Hamlyn, P.F., Nelson, G., Holden, L. & McCarthy, B.J. (1992). DNA typing unravels yarn. Laboratory Practice, 41(6), 9-10.

Hamlyn, P.F., Nelson, G. & McCarthy, B.J. (1992). Wool fibre identification by means of novel species specific DNA probes. Journal of the Textile Institute, 83(1), 97-103.

Hamlyn, P.F., Ramsbottom, S., McCarthy, B.J. & Nelson, G. (1996). Analysis of speciality fibres using DNA amplification techniques, in Metrology and Identification of Speciality Animal Fibres (J.P. Laker and F.J. Wortman, eds.), European Fine Fibre Network, Occasional Publication No. 4, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland, pp. 59-68.

Hamlyn, P.F. (1997). Identification of animal hair fibres using DNA profiling techniques, in World Textile Congress on Natural and Natural-Polymer Fibres (K. L. Gandhi, ed.), pp. 174-179, Dept. of Textiles, University of Huddersfield, UK.

Appleby, J.M., Nelson G., McPherson, M.J. & Hamlyn, P.F. (1997). PCR amplification of the RuBisCo small subunit genes and their novel application to plant tissue identification. Heredity, 79(6), 557-563.

Levi, K., Sherwood-Higham, J.L., Hamlyn, P.F. & Coates, D. (1997). Multiplex PCR detection of Bacillus anthracis spores in commercial samples of wool and cashmere, in Proceedings of the Australian Society of Microbiology Conference (ASM 97), University of Adelaide, Australia.

Hamlyn, P.F., Bayliffe, A., McCarthy, B.J. & Nelson, G. (1998). Molecular speciation of animal fibres. JSDC, 114, 78-80.

Hamlyn, P.F. (1998). Analysis of animal fibres. Textiles Magazine, 3, 14-17.

Hamlyn, P.F., Nelson, G., Brown R. & McCarthy, B.J. (2000). DNA analysis for the routine identification of speciality fibres. Symposium on Biotechnology in the Textile Industry, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal.

Hamlyn, P.F. (2002). How fibre identification helps in the fight against fraud. Technical Textiles International, July/August, 15-17.

Levi, K., Higham, J.L., Coates, D. & Hamlyn, P.F. (2003). Molecular detection of anthrax spores on animal fibres. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 36, 418-422.

Mushroom Cultivation

Hamlyn, P.F. (1989). Cultivation of edible mushrooms on cotton waste. Mycologist, 3(4),

Hamlyn, P.F. & Temple, J. (1997). Growing gourmet mushrooms - the Stamets seminars. Mycologist, 11(4), 157-158.

South American Camelids (SUPREME Project)

Hamlyn, P.F. (1998). Development of DNA primer sequences for the differentiation of camelid fibre/meat from other speciality fibres/meats in Actas Tercer Seminario Internacional De Camélidos Sudamericanos Domésticos Y Primer Seminario Proyecto SUPREME (E. Frank, C. Renieri and J.J. Lauvergne, eds.), Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Córdoba,
Argentina, pp. 63-67.

Hamlyn, P.F., Nelson, G., Asghar N. & McCarthy, B.J. (1999). Identification of speciality animal fibres using DNA profiling, in Progress in South American Camelids Research: Proceedings of the 3rd European Symposium and SUPREME European Seminar (M. Gerken and C. Renieri, eds.), EAAP Publication No. 105, Göttingen, Germany, pp. 117-121.

Neely, K., Taylor, C., Prosser, O. & Hamlyn, P.F. (2001). Assessment of cooked alpaca and llama meats from the statistical analysis of data collected using an 'electronic nose. Meat Science, 58, 53-58.

Wound Healing

Hamlyn, P.F. (1991). Fabricating fungi, in Textile Technology International, Sterling Publications Ltd, London, pp. 254-257.

Chung, L.Y., Schmidt, R.J., Hamlyn, P.F., Sagar, B.F., Andrews, A.M. & Turner, T.D. (1994). Biocompatibility of potential wound management products: Fungal mycelia as a source of chitin/chitosan and their effect on the proliferation of human F1000 fibroblasts in culture. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 28, 463-469.

Hamlyn, P.F. & Schmidt, R.J. (1994). Potential therapeutic application of fungal filaments in wound management. Mycologist, 8(4), 147-152.

Chung, L.Y., Schmidt, R.J., Hamlyn, P.F., Sagar, B.F., Andrews, A.M. & Turner, T.D. (1998). Biocompatibility of potential wound management products: Hydrogen peroxide generation by fungal chitin/chitosans and their effect on the proliferation of murine L929 fibroblasts in culture. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 39, 300-307.

In addition to the above papers, I am the author or co-author of numerous confidential reports and several patents.

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