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I completed my undergraduate honours degree in 2010 with a supervised work placement within the Hygiene and Disinfection Laboratory at the University of Huddersfield. I then became laboratory supervisor of the laboratory until beginning my PhD in 2011. I successfully completed my PhD in 2016 undertaking the research project 'Biodegradation of alkaline cellulose degradation products' as part of the EPSRC/RWM Ltd funded C14-BIG project.

I continued the theme of alkaline microbiology linked to a geological disposal concept for nuclear waste during my post-doctoral position, investigating survival strategies such as aggregation and biofilm formation on nuclear relevant materials. As a source of alkaliphilic micro-organisms, industrially contaminated soils and microbial communities present were also a research focus resulting in 14 publications. 

Throughout my postgraduate and postdoctoral studies I have continued to work within the Hygiene and Disinfection Laboratory working with a number of industrial clients carrying out both bespoke and standard (BSEN, AOAC, ASTM) testing methods. This has been the focus for my position within the Microbial Therapeutics and Infection Centre providing specialised work projects for industrial partnerships. In 2017, I worked on a BBSRC/Innovate UK funded project investigating the use of efflux pump inhibitors to improve biocide efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in collaboration with Gama Healthcare. In the same year, I also worked on an Innovate UK funded collaboration with ADM Protexin Ltd investigating the anti-Candida properties of probiotic micro-organisms.

In 2018 I was appointed Lecturer within the School of Applied Sciences, providing teaching in Biological and Geographical Sciences. I currently provide microbiology teaching across The World of Microbes, Global Earth Cycles, Infectious Diseases and Therapeutics and host a range of final year research projects. My research focus is on the microbiological processes occuring in extreme environments and I currently have a PhD student using MinIon technology to profile the key taxa and processes in these strange and interesting places. I am also co-supervisor to 2 further PhD projects which are looking at the impact of biofilms on the retention of radionuclides and corrosion of construction materials within a proposed radioactive waste disposal facility.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Biotechnology
  • Biogas
  • Bioenergy
  • Biofilms
  • Extracellular polysaccharides
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Probiotics
  • Extremophiles
  • Antimicrobials
  • DNA/RNA Extraction
  • DNA Analysis


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