The title of the lecture will be: “Isoprene metabolism and isoprene monooxygenase”
Prof J Colin Murrell is currently a Professor of Environmental Microbiology in the School of Environmental Sciences and Director of the Earth and Life Systems Alliance (ELSA) on the Norwich Research Park at the University of East Anglia. Colin is an environmental molecular microbiologist with wide ranging interests centering around the microbiology of atmospheric trace gases such as methane, dimethyl sulfide, methyl halides and isoprene, and metabolism of one carbon compounds (methanol, methylamines, methanesulfonate) in the terrestrial, aquatic and marine environments. Other areas of research include microbiology of the sea-surface micro-layer, caves, alkaline soda lakes, salt marshes, cold water corals, cultural heritage microbiology, microbial genomics, metagenomics, bioremediation, biocatalysis and industrial biotechnology. His research over the past 30 years has resulted in around 300 publications and six edited books. Colin’s work is multidisciplinary and ranges from the isolation of microbes that are involved in major biogeochemical cycles (C, N, S, metals) through to their characterization at the physiological, biochemical, molecular and ecological levels. He has also pioneered the use of molecular ecology techniques such as functional gene probing and DNA stable isotope probing to determine “which microbes are doing what in the environment”, particularly in the context of global biogeochemical carbon, nitrogen and sulfur cycles.
He is an editorial board member of Environmental Microbiology, The ISME Journal and FEMS Microbiology Letters. In 2014, Colin was elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) and is also the current President of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME). In 2015, Colin was awarded a Chinese Academy of Science President’s International Fellowship for Distinguished Scientists. He also recently had the honour of a methane oxidising bacterium being named after him: Methyloparacoccus murrellii.