*Oonagh McAreavy; PhD. student, investigating phosphorus cycling in environmental microorganisms, supported by the ESF. To be completed 2007. Title: Phosphorus cycling by environmental microorganisms.
*Diane MacCombe; PhD. student, investigating methods of minimising sludge production during wastewater treatment, supported by CEH-Oxford, the QUESTOR Centre, ESF, Extract Solutions Ltd, the Northern Ireland Water Service, Wastewater Controls Ltd and QUESTOR Technologies Ltd. To be completed 2006. Title: Sludge minimisation: investigation of a novel approach.
*Stephen Cooper; PhD. student, investigating a novel method of phosphate removal from wastewaters based upon exposure of environmental microorganisms to a mild acid stress, supported the QUESTOR Centre, DENI, Extract Solutions Ltd, the Northern Ireland Water Service, Wastewater Controls Ltd and QUESTOR Technologies Ltd. To be completed 2005. Title: Acid-stimulated biological phosphate removal from municipal and industrial effluents.
*Breige McNicholl; MSc. Part-time student, investigating methods of measuring activated sludge biomass activity. To be completed 2005. Title: The development, evaluation and application of colourimetric methods for the determination of the metabolic activity of activated sludge microorganisms.
Dr. Alan Mullan; PhD. student, investigating biological phosphate removal from wastewaters, supported by the QUESTOR Centre, Severn Trent Water Ltd., Yorkshire Water Ltd., and the Northern Ireland Water Service. Awarded PhD. 2003. Title: Low pH induced polyphosphate accumulation by environmental microorganisms and its application in biological phosphate removal.
Dr. Cecilia McCartan; PhD. student, developing a rapid, inexpensive, and easy-to-use method for the assessment of microbial metabolic activity and toxicity testing in activated sludge plants using tetrazolium salts, supported by the QUESTOR Centre. Awarded PhD. 2001. Title: The assessment of toxicity in environmental microbial populations.
Stephen Cleary; MSc. student, investigating acid stimulated phosphate removal. Completed 2001. Title: Acid stimulated phosphate removal.