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Prof Andy Weightman  -  PhD


  • The Deep Sub-Seafloor Biosphere – adaptations to an extreme environment (EC, NERC)
  • Aquatic microbial metagenomics and biogeochemical cycles (NERC)
  • Adaptation of ecosystems to aliphatic organohalogens and the evolution of bacterial xenobiotic-degrading enzymes (NERC, AstraZeneca, Wellcome Trust)
  • Tackling the problem of 16S rRNA chimeras through analysis of sequence regularity – a software solution (BBSRC)
  • Development of a recA gene based identification approach for the entire Burkholderia genus (NERC)
  • Studying prokaryotic diversity and interactions in deep terrestrial sediments (Leverhulme Trust).
  • Microbial adaptation to degradation of natural and synthetic organohalogens: effects on ecosystem acclimation and natural bioremediation of polluted sites (EC)
  • Do deep marine sediment layers contain uniquely adapted physiological types of anaerobic bacteria? (NERC)
  • Microbial activity and diversity measurements as tools for improved evaluation of the environmental risks posed by contaminated soil and sediments (ICI/NERC) 

Research Group Members

Affiliated Staff

Dr Gordon Webster  

Dr Kevin Ashelford

Dr Louise O’Sullivan

Dr Gerard Selleck

PhD Students

Mark Leggett

Judith White

Chloe Heywood

Julia Sas

Emily Flowers

Falko Matthes

Kwestan Ahmad