Welcome to the homepage of Professor MJ Manefield. He is co-founder and former Director of the Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars (JAMS Inc), author of a series of illustrated children's books on microbiology (Micronovo Pty Ltd) and founder of Novorem Pty Ltd supporting industry with environmental microbiology expertise. He holds a Professorial appointment in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) teaching environmental science and engineering and researching pollutant biodegradation, biogas production, isoprene metabolism and wastewater treatment. He sits on committees for the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association and is a Senior Editor for the International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal.

As part of my effort to raise awareness of microbiology in the general population I commissioned this artwork by Shira Bentley and made it into a jigsaw puzzle. There are 500 piece and 48 piece versions available depending on skill level.

Available from www.micronovo.com.au.

Group News!!!


Congrats to Valentina Mendez for publishing her 6:2 FTS biodegradation work in STOTEN 23.3.22

Thanks Joel Werner from ABC Radio National for opportunity to bring microbiology to the masses (start at 19 min). 16.1.22

Congrats to Shefali and Linjie for award of NSW Dept Planning, Industry and Environment Grants. 15.1.22

Congrats Matt Lee on picking up UNSW Gold Star award to continue work on isoprene reduction. 10.1.22


Congrats to Matt Lee for picking up UNSW Engineering Excellence Award! 21.12.21

Thanks to ALGA Ecoforum, Sydney Australia for first in person conference invitation in two years. 1.12.21

Thanks to Science at the Local Crew for invitation to share our work on dioxin biodegradation. 31.10.21

Congrats to James Bevington for recommendation of award of PhD. Well done Jay! 15.9.21

Looking forward to serving as Senior Editor for the ISME Journal starting this year. 2.9.21

Congrats Onder and rock bolt corrosion crew for acceptance of manuscript in Engineering Failure Analysis. Who would have thought? 28.8.21

Amazing job JAMS champions across SE Asia on the 10th Annual Symposium. Hazlin Hazrin-Chong and Amy Cain. So so proud. 25.8.21

Congratulations to Zongzong Liu who has been recommended award of a Masters. Good job Zongzong. 25.8.21

Congratulations to Priyanka Srivastava who has been recommended award of a PhD. Well done Priyanka! 5.8.21

The group welcomes Yi Ren who has commenced his PhD candidature and congratulations on scholarship award! 30.6.21

The group welcomes PhD candidate Shefali Bhardwaj who has commenced her candidature remotely due to the pandemic. 30.6.21

The group welcomes Evan Landers commencing a PhD on reductive dehalogenase structure/function. 25.6.21

The group welcomes research associate Miguel Hernandez and PhD candidate Yi Ren. 26.5.21

A fond farewell to Dr Sophie Holland who, almost a decade, leaves UNSW today for a postdoctoral gig at Herriot-Watt University Scotland. 26.5.21

Congratulations to Zongzong Liu on submission of your thesis on colonisation of particulate organic matter in activated sludge! 6.5.21

New lab induction procedure for CVEN. 30.4.21

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

Vote for your favourite JAMS Symposium poster

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

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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.