Dr Cindy Smith
- Senior Lecturer (Infrastructure and Environment)
telephone: +44 (0)141 3305203
My overarching research interests are in the field of molecular microbial ecology and water quality, with particular focus on the microbial diversity and the molecular microbial ecology of the nitrogen cycle in natural (transitional, intertidal and coastal sediment zones) and engineered (drinking water) ecosystems. Specifically, research on the nitrogen cycle focuses on unravelling the key drivers, interactions and environmental controls of the microorganisms driving the nitrogen cycle. Drinking water microbiology research focuses on potable water quality with respect to the effects of conditioning shear stress on biofilm development; the fate of pathogens and faecal indicator organisms within water distribution systems and the use of biofiltration to deliver water quality.
- Biofiltration for sustainable water supply to rural communities (2017-2020) £230,000 PI Scottish Water
- ADioS Amoebic Disease of Salmon (2016-2019) €607,924 Co-I Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Ireland.
- Molecular ecology of ammonia oxidation in coastal sediments (2012-2017) €576,174 PI Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Starting Investigator Research Grant (11/SIRG/B2159)
- Biogeochemical cycling of nitrates in Irish estuaries (2013-2016) €96,000PI EPA STRIVE Doctoral Scholarship Scheme (2012-W-PhD-6)
- Stable Isotope Probing: linking structure and function (2014) €56,946 PI Science Foundation Ireland Opportunistic Equipment Fund
- Microbial Interfaces: SGM Irish Division Meeting (2015) €14,000 PI SFI Conference and Workshop Call (15/CW/2780)
- Growth of E. coli in drinking water (2013) €5,994 PI Irish Research Council New Foundations
- Pathogen detection, survival and persistence in a model water distribution system (2011-2013) Science Foundation Ireland €100,100 PI (11:RFP.1:EOB:3243)
- Development of a functional gene array (FGA) to study bacterial nitrate reducing communities in estuarine sediments (2007) NERC Co-I £4532
- Biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen in tropical coastal zones: molecular microbial ecology of trace gas production (2006-2009) £261,958 (RCo-I) NERC (NE/D013089/1)
- Victor Birlanga, PhD Candidate, NUI Galway, Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine
- Fabien Cholet, PhD Candidate, University of Glasgow PhD studentship
- John Carey, Irish Reserach Council and Hardiman Scholarship PhD Candidate, NUIG
- Agata Lisik, EPA PhD Candidate, NUIG
- Dr. Aoife Duff, PhD 2017
Thesis: Molecular ecology of ammonia oxidation in coastal sediments. SFI:11/SIRG/B2159
- Dr. Inga Reich, PhD 2016
Thesis: The EU-protected slug Geomalacus maculosus: An investigation into its phylogenetics, population densities in conifer plantations and its gut microbial community. Irish Research Council and Hardiman Scholarship PhD Studentship
- Ms. Cathy Abberton, MSc 2014.
Thesis: E. coli detection, survival and biofilm potential in drinking water microcosms. SFI11:RFP.1:EOB:3243
Current Postdoctoral Research Assistants
- Dr. Aoife Duff, SFI Ammonia Oxidation in Coastal Sediments
Past Postdoctoral Research Assistants
- Dr. Enrio Tatti, SFI SIRG Ammonia oxidation in coastal sediments, 2014-2016.
- Dr. Limei Zhang, SFI SIRG Ammonia Oxidation in coastal sediments, 2012-2013.
- Dr. David McCarty, EirCod, Marine Institute, 2011.
ENG4152: Environmental Biotechnology 4
Four PhD positions in collaboration with Scottish Water available on enhancing biofiltration by biological design. Application deadline 31st May. See link below for further deatils