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Biography

 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, resulting in 14 publications. 

In 2018 I was appointed Lecturer within the School of Applied Sciences, providing teaching in Biological and Geographical Sciences adopting a research focus on microorganisms from extreme environments. I currently provide PhD supervision over topics including:

  • Biogeochemical cycling within sediments impacted by steel slag leachates.
  • Methanogenesis associated with tufa deposits resulting from alkaline leachates.
  • Isolation and characterisation of microorganisms present within cave biofilms. 

I also have experience providing consultancy and collaboration with industrial partners, in particular with respect to disinfection and health. 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. More recently in 2020 I was awarded funding from  the National Biofilm Innovation Centre to collaborate with Genesis Biosciences in developing a test method for probiotic based cleansers.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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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