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Professor M.J. Larkin

Prof. Mike Larkin
Professor Mike Larkin
Chair of Microbial Biochemistry

BSc Applied Biology, 1977, University of Hertfordshire;
PhD. Microbial Biochemistry, 1981, Cardiff University.


Contact Information
Tel:  +44 (0)28 9097 2288 (Direct line)
Fax:  +44 (0)28 9097 5877
Room:  Medical Biology Centre - 117.
WWW:  Personal homepage

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Research Committee Chair, Queen's University Environmental Science and Technology Research Centre (QUESTOR)
  • Member of University Biological and Infectious Agents Advisory Committee
  • UCU representative on the University Health and Safety Consultative Committee

Research Interests

The Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biochemistry of biodegradation of organic compounds in the environment    The application of microorganisms in bioremediation and biotechnology    The biology of Rhodococcus spp and their catabolic abilities. Biodegradation by extremophilic bacteria    Survival of pathogens in the environment    Grant funding from UK Research Councils, BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC, EC and Industry.

More details on research interests and CV.

Other Information


  • Senior Editor, Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  American Society for Microbiology Journal American Society for Microbiology
  • Board of Directors, Questor Technologies Ltd - DTI SMART award winner
  • UK Research Council NERC Standard Grant panel member and NERC College member
  • EPSRC College member
  • Chair of British Science Association (formally British Association) Northern Ireland /Science NI - coordinating Science Café and other events
  • Membership secretary Queen's University UCU
  • External examiner, University of Liverpool and University College Dublin - Microbiology undergraduate programmes
  • External Examiner and advisor University of Edinburgh MSc Biotechnology programme


  • Member of steering group Northern Ireland Competence centre for Sustainable Energy
  • Editorial Board Microbiology UK. Society for General Microbiology (SGM) Journal
  • UK Research Council (BBSRC) Engineering and Biological Systems Committee
  • UK Research Council (BBSRC) Research Equipment Initiative Committee
  • Management Board UK FIRST Faraday Partnership
  • Steering Committee UK Integrated Pollution Management Network / Environment KTN
  • Advisory panel for US/UK RTDF (Research and Technology Development Forum)
  • Coordinator of SGM Microbial Genomics Workshops
  • Member Asia - Europe Environmental Technology Centre Advisory Group
  • Society for General Microbiology (SGM) Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Group
  • Society for Microbiology Irish Branch Committee
  • Royal Irish Academy Microbiology Commission
  • Invited Editor - Current Opinion in Microbiology - Elsevier Environmental and Industrial Microbiology
  • Queen's University Academic Council
  • University COSHH Safety Committee
  • Member of the Faculty of Science Industrial Development Committee
  • Member of the School of Biological Sciences management committee
  • External examiner for University of Cardiff School of Biosciences - Undergraduate programme
  • Dublin City University - External advisor on new Applied Environmental Science Degree Course