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PhD Candidate

Lisa is a PhD candidate working with Prof Colin Murrell registered in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. Her work focuses on the distribution, diversity and activity of isoprene-degrading bacteria in the terrestrial environment. Specifically, her project aims to investigate where isoprene-degrading bacteria thrive in the environment; how their activity is regulated and what contribution they make to the global biogeochemical cycling of this climate-active gas.


Molecular ecology of isoprene degrading bacteria: key players in the global isoprene cycle.


Professor Colin Murrell

Dr. Laura Lehtovirta-Morley

Techniques Used

PCR, cloning, DNA sequencing, functional gene probing, DNA Stable Isotope Probing, Metagenomics, Metatranscriptomics, Single Cell Genomics, Raman microscopy


MSc Industrial Biotechnology – University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Thesis title: Optimisation of the downstream purification process for extraction of biosurfactants produced by alkanotrophic Gordonia species.

BSc (Hons) Applied Marine Biology – Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Dissertation Title: Surfactant properties of EPS produced by marine proteobacteria Halomonas species strain TGOS-10.


ERC Advanced Grant to Prof Colin Murrell


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