1st April 2015
As of today I am a Marie Curie Intra European Fellow based at Bangor University (Wales) in the Bangor Acidophile Research Team (BART), where I am undertaking the PARMIN project. PARMIN focuses on the geomicrobiology of a subterranean mine (Parys) in Anglesey, Wales.
While at present a Fellow, I also hold the position of Microbiology Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester, UK) from which I am presently on sabbatical for the duration of my Fellowship. I have previously been based in Ireland and France. My particular research interests lie in the fields of geomicrobiology, microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, extremophiles and astrobiology, all of which essentially overlap to some extent. I am fascinated by microbes, their diversity, abilities and habitat ranges.
As a researcher I am always open to the exploration of new habitats, and collaborations outside of my discipline and have a number of ongoing collaborations with colleagues in Europe and further afield.
In my role as a microbiology teacher, it is my mission to instill in my students a true appreciation for microbes and their environmental roles, and provided them with the necessary skills and confidence to find their own niche in the discipline.