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Dr Lena Ciric
Chadwick 117
UCL Civil Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Gower Street
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Lena completed her first degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford in 2000. She then went on to work as a research assistant at the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in Oxford. She completed a CASE PhD Studentship at CEH and Napier University Edinburgh investigating the bacterial community dynamics in diesel degrading consortia in 2006. Lena moved to the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in 2007 and worked on two EU funded postdoctoral projects. The first investigating the antimicrobial activity of functional foods, the latter looking for novel antibiotic resistance genes and mobile genetic elements encoding resistance genes. Lena took up a permanent post at UCL CEGE in October 2012.

Research Summary

Lena's research expertise lies in the application of molecular biology techniques to the profiling of microbial communities in various environments, from diesel degrading consortia, the healthy and diseased human microbiome, to the communities present in the air and on high touch surfaces in public spaces. She also studies bacterial antibiotic resistance mechanisms and their modes of transfer among different communities. Furthermore, she is interested in the discovery of novel antimicrobial strategies. Lena leads the Healthy Infrastructure Research Group at UCL CEGE (www.cege.ucl.ac.uk/HIRG). The group carries out research investigating engineering solutions that reduce the spread of infectious disease and improve environmental health. She is also the coordinator of the UCL AMR Network which is bringing together researchers from many disciplines to work on AMR.


Teaching Summary

Dr. Ciric is the the coordinator of the Environmental Systems module (CEGE0015). She also delivers lectures on the UCL Engineering (Civil) Programme in Years 1 and 3. She has successfully supervised over 25 MSc and over ten UG research projects. 

02-JUL-2007 – 26-OCT-2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Microbial Diseases UCL Eastman Dental Institute, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2006 – 30-JUN-2007 Programme Administrator Institute of Psychiatry at Guy's King's College London, United Kingdom
04-JAN-2006 – 30-APR-2006 Higher Scientific Officer   Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Oxford, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2000 – 30-SEP-2002 Research Assistant   Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Oxford, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2007   Doctor of Philosophy Napier University , Edinburgh
2000   Bachelor of Arts University of Oxford
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