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As a cross-disciplinary microbiologist I am interested in utilising molecular microbiology in diverse areas including bioorganic chemistry (e.g. biocatalysis), environmental science (e.g. soil profiling), process engineering, geology (e.g. understanding global cycles in the soil microbiome and the process of soil genesis) and paleoecology. This makes my work unusually diverse.

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Cross-disciplinary microbiology


Open to PhD applications from those having preferably a 1st class honours in microbiology, biochemistry, bioinformatics or a related discipline (or equivalent, including other research experience). I particularly value pre-doctoral research experience very highly, and I would encourage prospective PhD students to gain one or more year’s research experience in a research field commensurate with their interests before starting a PhD. Mature students are especially welcome.

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