Catherine Paul

Senior lecturer, Associate Professor, Docent

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My broad research interest is in bacterial metabolism and function in environmental settings. I completed by PhD in 2005 in Bacteriology at Queen’s University in Canada and postdoctoral research projects at Health Canada  and National Research Council of Canada, and Biotechnology, Faculty of Engineering, at Lund University, Sweden.

I want to understand how their interlocking metabolisms can allow us to change or control how the bacteria are behaving in industrially-related environments, especially biofilms. This understanding will allow us to work together with the bacteria to clean up our natural world: to reduce contamination of drinking water or to degrade chemicals that are contaminating our natural environments. By controlling what growth conditions such as nutrients are available to the microbes, perhaps their interaction with our human-built and urban environments can be steered towards positive outcomes, such as reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or safer drinking water, instead of the other way around. I like to think of this as a prebiotic approach to management of these key microbial ecosystem services.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

UKÄ subject classification

  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology

Free keywords

  • Microbial Communities
  • Biofilm
  • Genomics
  • Flow cytometry
  • Drinking water
  • Contaminated soil
  • Bathing water


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