Welcome to the homepage of Mike Manefield's environmental microbiology research team. Mike holds a Professorial appointment across the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is also Director of the Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars (JAMS Inc) and former August Willhelm Scheer Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Munich in Germany and ARC FT2 Future Fellow at UNSW Australia. The team manages research portfolios in organohalide bioremediation, isoprene metabolism and biofilms and is supported financially by government and industry bodies.

Group News!!!


Finally got this work on managed aquifer recharge microbial communities out in STOTEN. Great collaboration with Karin Hellauer, Uwe Hubner, Jorg Drewes and Philip Michel at the Technical University Munich along with Federico Lauro at NTU and our own Sophie Holland. 9.2.21

Dr Sophie Holland Gives amazing presentation of her DCM work to the Environmental Biotechnology Network (EBNet) in the UK. 12.1.21


Congrats to Sophie and Matt for getting the dichloromethane fermenting work published in ISMEJ. 10.12.2020

Mike's perspective on contaminated site remediation published recently in Cronicle by ALGA 5.12.2020

Congrats to Priyanka for submission of her PhD thesis. Fingers crossed. 1.12.2020

The group farewell's Ani Penesyan today. Thanks for your contribution! 12.11.20

Great job Matt presenting our dioxin biodegradation work in Sydney Harbour to NSW EPA. 20.10.20

Congrats to Priyanka for her publication on neutral red dependent coal biotransformation. 16.10.20

Congrats to Miao Hu for submission of her thesis on anaerobic dichloromethane biodegradation! 12.10.20

Congrats to Jay for his publication in Life Sciences in Space Research on synthetic biological circuits tested in spaceflight. 30.9.20

Congrats to Ani for her publication on secondary effects of antibiotics on biofilms. 21.09.20

Research associate position open to work on organohalide biodegradation. Details below. 31.8.20

The group welcomes Linjie Tang who is commencing a PhD on food waste pretreatments for anaerobic digestion. 17.8.20

Qiime2 workshop coming up. Recommending this for all my students and staff. Details here...

Congrats to Gan on being recommended for award of a MEng! 17.7.20

A massive congratulations to Mol for submission of his thesis on earthworm impacts on bacteria in oil contaminated soil! 4.6.20

Great news the JAMS team have been awarded funding to produce a virtual microbiology kiosk for Australian Museum Science Week activities. 4.6.20

Congrats Sophie Holland on being recommended for award of a PhD! 4.6.20

For those of us returning to work...Stay safe! 1.6.20

Notice to all that ISME18 has been postponed (probably until August 2021) 23.3.20

Congratulations to Sophie Holland (PhD, Dichloromethane) and Gan Liang (Masters, Dioxins) for submission of their theses. Both really excellent bodies of work. 13.3.20

The microbiology books for children are now available for sale online through Micronovo! 10.3.20

New JAMS logo!!! 11.3.20

The Hydrocarbon degradation in oil reservoirs and aquifers conference organised by Rainer Meckenstock and Ali Akbari has been postponed. 14.3.20

It's been a pleasure to host Mahamudul Hassan from Ralf Cord-Ruwisch's lab for the last couple of weeks. 22.10.19

A big congrats to Sophie Holland for her Peer J victory! 15.9.19

A big congratulations to Miriam Kronen for submission of her PhD thesis on anaerobic isoprene metabolism! 1.9.19

Good to see Jinxia Liu, Jack Huang, Chris Higgens, Liza Alvarez-Cohen, Jennifer Fields, David Sedlak and others at the SERDP meeting in San Diego, US. Great minds tackling the PFAS challenge. 5.8.19 

Thanks to Valentina and Ani for introducing thesis students to molecular biology. 4.7.19

Well done all on successfully navigating the move into our new lab. 31.6.19

Congrats to Sophie Holland for getting her PeerJ preprint out on dichloromethane fermenting strain DCMF. 18.5.19

The group welcomes Dr Valentina Mendez and Dr Anahit Penesyan. 15.5.19

News article on our Arc Special Research Initiative grant success led be collaborator Prof Denis O'Carroll. 15.1.19

Congrats to Miriam Kronen and Matt Lee on publication of the isoprene respiration discovery in ISMEJ. https://rdcu.be/bgL78. 15.1.19

Excited to confirm Jim Tiedje as speaker for 2019 JAMS Annual Symposium on 20 March at Australian Museum. 14.1.19

Welcome back to the action everyone! 14.1.19

Contact Details
Professor Mike Manefield, School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 2052.
Phone: +61293855355        Mail: manefield@unsw.edu.au     Website: www.manefield.com    Twitter: @mikemanefield

Disclaimer: This is not a UNSW website. For the UNSW Manefield website click here