Dr Simon Gregory

Dr Simon Gregory


Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3038

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  •  2012 – ongoing : Geomicrobiologist
  •  2011 –2012 : Research Assistant,Institute of Life Science, Swansea University
  •  2009 –2010 : Technician, Centre for Sustanable Aquatic Research, Swansea University
  •  2008 –2008 : Research Assistant, School of Biological Sciences, Swansea University
  •  2004 –2008 : PhD Microbial ecology of constructed wetlands. Swansea University
  •  2002 –2004 : Technician, Department of Medical and Community Genetics, Imperial College London
  •  1998 –1999 : MSc Neuroscience, King's College London
  •  1994 –1997 : BSc(hons) Natural Sciences, Durham University

Research interests

  • Subsurface microbiology in relation to carbon capture and storage and radioactive waste disposal
  • Application of molecular tools to geomicrobiology
  • Microbial nutrient and element cycling, microbe-mineral interactions, microbial gas generation and consumption

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2015 –2019 : Horizon 2020 MIND (Microbes In Nuclear Disposal) (EU project 661880). Investigating the role of microbes in corrosion and alteration of repository materials
  •  2015 –2019 : NERC Security of Mineral Resources grant: SoS RARE (Security of supply of rare earth elements). Understanding the role of microbes in mobilisation of rare earth elements and application to bioprocessing.
  •  2014 –2015 : NERC Biomolecular analysis facility Pilot project grant (NBAF831): Southern Ocean climate since the Last Glacial Maximum: Using novel ancient DNA and micropalaeontology techniques to constrain foraminiferal diversity changes.
  •  2014 –2016 : Niigata microbial diversity study: for CCS baseline project and to investigate the response of microbes to elevated carbon dioxide
  •  2014 –2018 : Supervising EPSRC funded EngD studentship in collaboration with the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy: Mitigating the impact of microbes on the storage of carbon dioxide (2014 start)

Key papers

Gregory, S. P., Maurice, L. D., West, J. M., & Gooddy, D. C. (2014). Microbial communities in UK aquifers: current understanding and future research needs. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 2013-059.

Watanabe, Y., Tait, K., Gregory, S. Hayashi, M., Shimamoto, A.,Taylor, P., Stahl, H., Green, K., Yoshinaga, I., Suwa,Y. & Kita J. "Response of the ammonia oxidation activity of microorganisms in surface sediment to a controlled sub-seabed release of CO2." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (2014).

Gregory, S.P., Dyson P.J., Fletcher D., Gatland P. and Shields R.J. (2012). Nitrogen removal and changes to microbial communities in model flood/drain and submerged biofilters treating aquaculture wastewater. Aquacultural Engineering 50, 37-45

Gregory S.P., Shields R.J., Fletcher, D., Gatland P. and Dyson P.J. (2010). Bacterial community responses to increasing ammonia concentrations in a recirculating vertical flow saline biofilters. Ecological Engineering 36, 1485-1491

Thompson J., Gregory S., Plummer S., R.J.Shields and Rowley A.F. (2010). An in vitro and in vivo assessment of Vibrio spp. as probiotics for the Pacific White shrimp, Liptopenaeus vannamei Journal of Applied Microbiology 109, 1177-1187

Eddy F., Powell A., Gregory S., Nunan L.M., Lightner D.V., Dyson P.J., Rowley A.F., and Shields R.J. (2007). A novel bacterial disease of the European shore crab, Carcinus maenas – molecular pathology and epidemiology. Microbiology 153: 2839-2849