Dr Joanne Vassallo

Ph.D Student (2014-2018)

Joanne's research (EU funded and supervised jointly with Professor Richard Handy) concerns the interaction of Bacteria with engineered nanomaterials, such as nanoparticles and quantum dots. This work is being undertaken to better understand the interactions in the environment of these widely used materials with soil microbiota. Work was done using the Guyer strain of Escherichia coli K-12 (cured of plasmids, phage and free from virulence factors) grow under varying substrate-oxygen regimes, to understand how the toxicity of the nanomaterials varied. She then moved on to organisms of climate change significance in the form of the model methanotrophs Methylococcus capsultatus Bath and Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b.

Her thesis was examined in early 2018.

Dr Lee P Hutt

Research Assistant (2012)

Ph.D Student (2012-2016)

Research Fellow (2016-2017)

Lee joined my group originally as a Research Assistant helping me with a piece of consultancy and then went on to do a Ph.D (University funded) on the physiology and biochemistry in Thermithiobacillus sp. ParkerM and three strains of "Thiobacillus trautweinii", a collective name for heterotrophic sulfur-oxidisers isolated in the 1920-1940 period. He went on to continue his research into genomics and genetics of sulfur oxidation and the taxonomy of these organisms, as well as assisting in some of my industrial research.

His thesis was examined in 2016 by Professor Jeff Cole, University of Birmingham.

Lee is still employed at the University and is currently working as a Technician.

Dr Elisabeth A Cazier

Research Fellow (KTP) (2015-2016)

Elisabeth was part of an Innovate UK-funded collaboration with a local company that manufactured and ran biogas production systems. The goal of the work was to increase the efficiency of the process and to give higher methane yields and a more stable system.

Sadly the company filed voluntary administration during the project and it came to a close approximately halfway through the original planned timescale, which was very sad.

As of 2017, Elisabeth is working as a postdoc at the Berner Fachhochschule in Switzerland.

Dr Liz Franklin

Research Fellow (2014)

Liz was only with us very briefly, working on the Mobilisation of Arsenic in Cornwall (MAsC) project funded by the Seale-Hayne Educational Trust, setting up soil microcosms seeded with various Bacteria and tokens of arsenopyrite (iron arsenic sulfide), and conducting baseline molecular ecological studies on the soil microbiota.

Liz is now a Demonstrator at Bournemouth University.


Mr Alex W Rae (2017)

Mr Ben Groom (2014-15)

Miss Katherine Colvin (2014-15)

Mr Joss Etty (2014-15)

Mr Tom Hathway (2013-14)

Mr Jack Cowling (2013-14)

Mr Ryan Baylis (2012-13)


Dr Dimitrios Kaloudis

Research Fellow (KTP) (201 7 - present)

Dimitri's research concerns the removal of trace-level metals from landfill effluents. As this is an industry-linked project, we cannot give much more detail at this stage.

Dimitri has a B.Sc (Hons) Marine Biology from the University of Plymouth and a Ph.D from the University of Bath.

Mr Nicholas Berkley

Ph.D Student (2014 - present)

Nick's research (University funded and supervised jointly with Dr Mick Hanley and Prof Camille Parmesan) concerns understanding the impacts of intensively farmed bioenergy crops on soil health, in which we are looking at both soil geochemistry (metal bioaccessibility and soil physics) and microbial ecology - since the geochemistry drives the microbiology, which in turn influences plant growth. This work has focussed on both Salix viminalis L. (the basket willow) and Miscanthus xgiganteus (the giant miscanthus) at field sites across Cornwall and Nottinghamshire.

Mrs Nadia Jebril

Ph.D Student (2015 - preent)

Nadia's research (Iraqi Government funded and supervised jointly with Dr Charlotte Braungardt) concerns the development of novel biotechnologies for the removal of cadmium (II) from contaminated groundwater using Brevibacillus isolates. Owing to the potential industrial sensitivity of this work, we are limited in what details we can put online at this stage.