Dr Jessica Roberts

Research Project Support Officer

Research Overview

Jessica is a Research Project Support Officer currently working on the Fracture in the Elderly Multidisciplinary (FEMuR) study. This project aims to develop and deliver an improved rehabilitation package for people living in North Wales who are over the age of 65 and experience a hip fracture. She is also currently a project supervisor for the BMedSci degree course.

Before joining the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research, Jessica worked as a Research Associate in the School of Dentistry at Cardiff University, where she also completed her PhD in oral microbiology and antimicrobial development. In addition to her work in this area she also developed an interest in public health research and was involved in a number of small projects at the School of Dentistry. During this time Jessica’s roles also included teaching on both the undergraduate course and Clinical Dentistry MSc, as well as supervising PhD students and undergraduate dissertations. She is also regularly invited to peer-review articles for various journals.



Williams NH, Roberts JL, Din NU, Totton N, Charles JM, Hawkes CA, Morrison V, Hoare Z, Williams M, Pritchard AW, Alexander S, Lemmey A, Woods RT, Sackley C, Logan P, Edwards RT, and Wilkinson C. Fracture in the Elderly Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation (FEMuR): a phase II randomised feasibility study of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation package following hip fracture. BMJ Open 2016;6: e012422. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2016-012422

Nefyn H Williams, Claire Hawkes, Nafees Ud Din, Jessica Roberts, Joanna M Charles, Val Morrison, Zoe Hoare, Rhiannon T Edwards, Glynne Andrew, Swapna Alexander, Andrew Lemmey, Bob Woods, Catherine Sackley, Pip Logan, David Hunnisett, Kevin Mawdesley, Clare Wilkinson. Fracture in the Elderly Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation (FEMuR): design of a Phase II randomised feasibility study of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation package following hip fracture [ISRCTN22464643]. BMC Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2015, 1:13 doi:10.1186/s40814-015-0008-0

Ferguson EL, Azzopardi E, Roberts JL, Walsh TR, Thomas DW. Dextrin-Colistin Conjugates as a Model Bioresponsive Treatment for Multi-drug Resistant Bacterial Infections. Molecular Pharmaceutics 2014 Advance online publication DOI: 10.1021/mp500584u

Roberts JL, Khan S, Emanuel C, Powell LC, Pritchard MF, Onsøyen E, Myrvold R, Thomas DW, Hill KE. “An in vitro study of alginate oligomer therapies on oral biofilms.” J Dent. 2013 Oct;41(10):892-9

Sloan AJ, Taylor SY, Smith EL, Roberts JL, Chen L, Wei XQ, Waddington RJ. “A novel ex vivo culture model for inflammatory bone destruction.” J Dent Res. 2013 Aug;92(8):728-34.

Roberts JL, Maillard JY, Waddington RJ, Denyer SP, Lynch CD, Sloan AJ. “Development of an ex vivo coculture system to model pulpal infection by Streptococcus anginosus group bacteria.” J Endod. 2013 Jan;39(1):49-56.

Ferguson EL, Roberts JL, Moseley R, Griffiths PC, Thomas DW. “Evaluation of the physical and biological properties of hyaluronan and hyaluronan fragments.” Int J Pharm. 2011 Nov 25;420(1):84-92.