Professor Jenkins holds a first class degree in microbiology with biochemistry and a PhD in yeast physiology. His postdoctoral research was with Professor Sir Howard Dalton at the University of Warwick, investigating microbial biotransformations of aromatic hydrocarbons. Since joining De Montfort University he has pursued various research interests involving the interaction of microbiological systems with chemicals, eg antimony and arsenic compounds, chlorinated ethylenes, chemical dyes.
His other research interests include the interaction of microbes with man-made environments, the toxic action of certain metabolic poisons, and human exposure to toxic metals through the food chain (see below for further details). Such studies have led to significant findings in diverse fields: from infant cot death and toxicology to biogeochemistry and industrial biotechnology.
Funding for his research has been from a wide range of sources, including: three UK Research Councils (BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC); EU (FP5&6); NATO; Cot Death Charities; British Council; US Department of State Bio Industry Initiative; UK Water Industry. He has published over 170 refereed journal articles and books/book chapters, and more that 120 conference papers/abstracts.
He is currently an associated editor for the Journal of Biological Education (Society for Biology; Routledge) and for Applied Organometallic Chemistry (Wiley-Blackwell), and serves on the editorial board of three other international journals.