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Prof Joanne Santini
c/o Birkbeck College, Biological Sciences,
Malet Street
  • Professor of Microbiology
  • Structural & Molecular Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

2018-present Professor of Microbiology, UCL

2015-2018 Reader in Microbiology, UCL

2012-2015 Senior Lecturer, UCL

2006-2012 Lecturer, UCL

2002-2006 Australian Research Council Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, La Trobe Uni. Melbourne Australia

2000-2002 Group Leader (LTU)

1999-2000 Postdoctoral Fellow with the late Professor Joan Macy (LTU)

Research Summary

My current research involves the study of microorganisms that metabolise toxic metals and metalloids such as arsenic. The areas I am interested in addressing are: (1) how do microbes use toxic substances for growth (i.e. what is the mechanism)? (2) what is the distribution and abundance of the genes that encode these properties in various environments?; (3) what is the role of these organisms in the cycling of these elements in the environment?; (4) when and how did these metabolic enzymes evolve? and (5) how can we develop the metabolic enzymes as biosensors for the detection of these compounds?

Teaching Summary

Academic Background
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Microbiology To be updated
1994 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Microbiology and Genetics La Trobe University
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