Dr Cindy Smith

  • Senior Lecturer (Infrastructure and Environment)

telephone: +44 (0)141 3305203
email: Cindy.Smith@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

My overarching research interests are in the field of molecular microbial ecology and water quality, with particular focus on microbial community structure and functioning 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.


Grants

Current Grants

  • Biofiltration for sustainable water supply to rural communities (2017-2021) £230,000 PI, Scottish Water
  • Re-engineering Kenyan sand-dams by biological design (2017) £20,000 PI, Royal Academy Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Seed Funding                                
  • Manganese mitigation roadmap for Bangladesh (2017) PI £20,000 Co-I, Royal Academy Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Seed Funding.
  • ADioS Amoebic Disease of Salmon (2016-2019) €607,924 Co-I, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Ireland.

 

 Completed Grants

  • 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) €96,000 PI, 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) €100,100 PI,Science Foundation Ireland (11:RFP.1:EOB:3243)
  • Development of a functional gene array (FGA) to study bacterial nitrate reducing communities in estuarine sediments (2007)  £4532 Co-I, NERC
  • 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)      

Supervision

Current Students

  • Dominic Quinn, PhD Candidate, University of Glasgow, Funded by Scottish Water (2017-2021)
  • Victor Birlanga, PhD Candidate, NUI Galway, Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (2017-2020)
  • Fabien Cholet, PhD Candidate, University of Glasgow PhD studentship (2016-2020)
  • John Carey, Irish Reserach Council and Hardiman Scholarship PhD Candidate, NUIG (2013-2017)

 

Graduated Students

  • Ms Agata Lisik, MSc 2017

       Thesis: Nitrate reduction in Irish estuaries

  • 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.

Teaching

ENG4152: Environmental Biotechnology 4


Additional information

 

 


Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005
Number of items: 22.

2017

Duff, A. M., Zhang, L.-M. and Smith, C. J. (2017) Small-scale variation of ammonia oxidisers within intertidal sediments dominated by ammonia-oxidising bacteria Nitrosomonas sp. amoA genes and transcripts. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 13200. (doi:10.1038/s41598-017-13583-x) (PMID:29038459) (PMCID:PMC5643298)

2016

Tatti, E., McKew, B. A., Whitby, C. and Smith, C. J. (2016) Simultaneous DNA-RNA extraction from coastal sediments and quantification of 16S rRNA genes and transcripts by real-time PCR. Journal of Visualized Experiments(112), e54067. (doi:10.3791/54067) (PMCID:PMC4927785)

Abberton, C. L., Bereschenko, L., van der Wielen, P. W.J.J. and Smith, C. (2016) Survival, biofilm formation, and growth potential of environmental and enteric escherichia coli strains in drinking water microcosms. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(17), pp. 5320-5331. (doi:10.1128/AEM.01569-16) (PMID:27342552)

Keating, C., Chin, J. P., Hughes, D., Manesiotis, P., Cysneiros, D., Mahony, T., Smith, C. J. , McGrath, J. W. and O’Flaherty, V. (2016) Biological phosphorus removal during high-rate, low-temperature, anaerobic digestion of wastewater. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 226. (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00226) (PMID:26973608) (PMCID:PMC4776080)

2015

Reich, I., Gormally, M., Allcock, A. L., McDonnell, R., Castillejo, J., Iglesias, J., Quinteiro, J. and Smith, C. J. (2015) Genetic study reveals close link between Irish and Northern Spanish specimens of the protected Lusitanian slugGeomalacus maculosus. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 116(1), pp. 156-168. (doi:10.1111/bij.12568)

Smith, C. J. , Dong, L. F., Wilson, J., Stott, A., Osborn, A. M. and Nedwell, D. B. (2015) Seasonal variation in denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonia process rates and corresponding key functional genes along an estuarine nitrate gradient. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, 542. (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.00542) (PMID:26082763) (PMCID:PMC4451412)

Minogue, E., Tuite, N. L., Smith, C. J. , Reddington, K. and Barry, T. (2015) A rapid culture independent methodology to quantitatively detect and identify common human bacterial pathogens associated with contaminated high purity water. BMC Biotechnology, 15(1), p. 6. (doi:10.1186/s12896-015-0124-1) (PMID:25888294) (PMCID:PMC4342816)

2014

Papaspyrou, S., Smith, C. J. , Dong, L. F., Whitby, C., Dumbrell, A. J. and Nedwell, D. B. (2014) Nitrate reduction functional genes and nitrate reduction potentials persist in deeper estuarine sediments. Why? PLoS ONE, 9(4), e94111. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094111) (PMCID:PMC3984109)

2013

Barrett, M., Jahangir, M.M.R., Lee, C., Smith, C.J. , Bhreathnach, N., Collins, G., Richards, K.G. and O’Flaherty, V. (2013) Abundance of denitrification genes under different peizometer depths in four Irish agricultural groundwater sites. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20(9), pp. 6646-6657. (doi:10.1007/s11356-013-1729-3)

2011

Dong, L. F., Sobey, M. N., Smith, C. J. , Rusmana, I., Phillips, W., Stott, A., Osborn, A. M. and Nedwell, D. B. (2011) Dissimilatory reduction of nitrate to ammonium, not denitrification or anammox, dominates benthic nitrate reduction in tropical estuaries. Limnology and Oceanography, 56(1), pp. 279-291. (doi:10.4319/lo.2011.56.1.0279)

2010

Laverock, B., Smith, C. J. , Tait, K., Osborn, A. M., Widdicombe, S. and Gilbert, J. A. (2010) Bioturbating shrimp alter the structure and diversity of bacterial communities in coastal marine sediments. ISME Journal, 4(12), pp. 1531-1544. (doi:10.1038/ismej.2010.86) (PMID:20596074)

McKew, B.A. and Smith, C.J. (2010) Real-time PCR approaches for analysis of hydrocarbon-degrading bacterial communities. In: Timmis, K. N. (ed.) Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Springer, pp. 3995-4009. ISBN 9783540775874 (doi:10.1007/978-3-540-77587-4_311)

2009

Dong, L.F., Smith, C.J. , Papaspyrou, S., Stott, A., Osborn, A.M. and Nedwell, D.B. (2009) Changes in Benthic denitrification, nitrate ammonification, and anammox process rates and nitrate and nitrite reductase gene abundances along an estuarine nutrient gradient (the Colne Estuary, United Kingdom). Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75(10), pp. 3171-3179. (doi:10.1128/AEM.02511-08) (PMID:19304834) (PMCID:PMC2681644)

Smith, C. J. , Danilowicz, B. S. and Meijer, W. G. (2009) Bacteria associated with the mucus layer of Merlangius merlangus (whiting) as biological tags to determine harvest location. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 66(5), pp. 713-716. (doi:10.1139/F09-035)

Smith, C. J. and Osborn, A. M. (2009) Advantages and limitations of quantitative PCR (Q-PCR)-based approaches in microbial ecology. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 67(1), pp. 6-20. (doi:10.1111/j.1574-6941.2008.00629.x)

2007

Haynes, K., Hofmann, T. A., Smith, C. J. , Ball, A. S., Underwood, G. J.C. and Osborn, A. M. (2007) Diatom-derived carbohydrates as factors affecting bacterial community composition in estuarine sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73(19), pp. 6112-6124. (doi:10.1128/AEM.00551-07) (PMID:17675437) (PMCID:PMC2075028)

McKew, B. A., Coulon, F., Yakimov, M. M., Denaro, R., Genovese, M., Smith, C. J. , Osborn, A. M., Timmis, K. N. and McGenity, T. J. (2007) Efficacy of intervention strategies for bioremediation of crude oil in marine systems and effects on indigenous hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria. Environmental Microbiology, 9(6), pp. 1562-1571. (doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2007.01277.x) (PMID:17504493)

Smith, C. J. , Danilowicz, B. S. and Meijer, W. G. (2007) Characterization of the bacterial community associated with the surface and mucus layer of whiting (Merlangius merlangus). FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 62(1), pp. 90-97. (doi:10.1111/j.1574-6941.2007.00369.x) (PMID:17692096)

Smith, C. J. , Nedwell, D. B., Dong, L. F. and Osborn, A. M. (2007) Diversity and abundance of nitrate reductase genes (narG and napA), nitrite reductase genes (nirS and nrfA), and their transcripts in estuarine sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73(11), pp. 3612-3622. (doi:10.1128/AEM.02894-06) (PMID:17400770) (PMCID:PMC1932689)

2006

Smith, C. J. , Nedwell, D. B., Dong, L. F. and Osborn, A. M. (2006) Evaluation of quantitative polymerase chain reaction-based approaches for determining gene copy and gene transcript numbers in environmental samples. Environmental Microbiology, 8(5), pp. 804-815. (doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2005.00963.x)

2005

Osborn, A. M. and Smith, C. J. (Eds.) (2005) Molecular Microbial Ecology. Series: BIOS advanced methods. Taylor and Francis. ISBN 9781859962831

Smith, C. J. , Danilowicz, B. S., Clear, A. K., Costello, F. J., Wilson, B. and Meijer, W. G. (2005) T-Align, a web-based tool for comparison of multiple terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism profiles. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 54(3), pp. 375-380. (doi:10.1016/j.femsec.2005.05.002) (PMID:16332335)

This list was generated on Tue Nov 21 21:03:01 2017 GMT.
Number of items: 22.

Articles

Duff, A. M., Zhang, L.-M. and Smith, C. J. (2017) Small-scale variation of ammonia oxidisers within intertidal sediments dominated by ammonia-oxidising bacteria Nitrosomonas sp. amoA genes and transcripts. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 13200. (doi:10.1038/s41598-017-13583-x) (PMID:29038459) (PMCID:PMC5643298)

Tatti, E., McKew, B. A., Whitby, C. and Smith, C. J. (2016) Simultaneous DNA-RNA extraction from coastal sediments and quantification of 16S rRNA genes and transcripts by real-time PCR. Journal of Visualized Experiments(112), e54067. (doi:10.3791/54067) (PMCID:PMC4927785)

Abberton, C. L., Bereschenko, L., van der Wielen, P. W.J.J. and Smith, C. (2016) Survival, biofilm formation, and growth potential of environmental and enteric escherichia coli strains in drinking water microcosms. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(17), pp. 5320-5331. (doi:10.1128/AEM.01569-16) (PMID:27342552)

Keating, C., Chin, J. P., Hughes, D., Manesiotis, P., Cysneiros, D., Mahony, T., Smith, C. J. , McGrath, J. W. and O’Flaherty, V. (2016) Biological phosphorus removal during high-rate, low-temperature, anaerobic digestion of wastewater. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 226. (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00226) (PMID:26973608) (PMCID:PMC4776080)

Reich, I., Gormally, M., Allcock, A. L., McDonnell, R., Castillejo, J., Iglesias, J., Quinteiro, J. and Smith, C. J. (2015) Genetic study reveals close link between Irish and Northern Spanish specimens of the protected Lusitanian slugGeomalacus maculosus. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 116(1), pp. 156-168. (doi:10.1111/bij.12568)

Smith, C. J. , Dong, L. F., Wilson, J., Stott, A., Osborn, A. M. and Nedwell, D. B. (2015) Seasonal variation in denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonia process rates and corresponding key functional genes along an estuarine nitrate gradient. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, 542. (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.00542) (PMID:26082763) (PMCID:PMC4451412)

Minogue, E., Tuite, N. L., Smith, C. J. , Reddington, K. and Barry, T. (2015) A rapid culture independent methodology to quantitatively detect and identify common human bacterial pathogens associated with contaminated high purity water. BMC Biotechnology, 15(1), p. 6. (doi:10.1186/s12896-015-0124-1) (PMID:25888294) (PMCID:PMC4342816)

Papaspyrou, S., Smith, C. J. , Dong, L. F., Whitby, C., Dumbrell, A. J. and Nedwell, D. B. (2014) Nitrate reduction functional genes and nitrate reduction potentials persist in deeper estuarine sediments. Why? PLoS ONE, 9(4), e94111. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094111) (PMCID:PMC3984109)

Barrett, M., Jahangir, M.M.R., Lee, C., Smith, C.J. , Bhreathnach, N., Collins, G., Richards, K.G. and O’Flaherty, V. (2013) Abundance of denitrification genes under different peizometer depths in four Irish agricultural groundwater sites. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20(9), pp. 6646-6657. (doi:10.1007/s11356-013-1729-3)

Dong, L. F., Sobey, M. N., Smith, C. J. , Rusmana, I., Phillips, W., Stott, A., Osborn, A. M. and Nedwell, D. B. (2011) Dissimilatory reduction of nitrate to ammonium, not denitrification or anammox, dominates benthic nitrate reduction in tropical estuaries. Limnology and Oceanography, 56(1), pp. 279-291. (doi:10.4319/lo.2011.56.1.0279)

Laverock, B., Smith, C. J. , Tait, K., Osborn, A. M., Widdicombe, S. and Gilbert, J. A. (2010) Bioturbating shrimp alter the structure and diversity of bacterial communities in coastal marine sediments. ISME Journal, 4(12), pp. 1531-1544. (doi:10.1038/ismej.2010.86) (PMID:20596074)

Dong, L.F., Smith, C.J. , Papaspyrou, S., Stott, A., Osborn, A.M. and Nedwell, D.B. (2009) Changes in Benthic denitrification, nitrate ammonification, and anammox process rates and nitrate and nitrite reductase gene abundances along an estuarine nutrient gradient (the Colne Estuary, United Kingdom). Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75(10), pp. 3171-3179. (doi:10.1128/AEM.02511-08) (PMID:19304834) (PMCID:PMC2681644)

Smith, C. J. , Danilowicz, B. S. and Meijer, W. G. (2009) Bacteria associated with the mucus layer of Merlangius merlangus (whiting) as biological tags to determine harvest location. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 66(5), pp. 713-716. (doi:10.1139/F09-035)

Smith, C. J. and Osborn, A. M. (2009) Advantages and limitations of quantitative PCR (Q-PCR)-based approaches in microbial ecology. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 67(1), pp. 6-20. (doi:10.1111/j.1574-6941.2008.00629.x)

Haynes, K., Hofmann, T. A., Smith, C. J. , Ball, A. S., Underwood, G. J.C. and Osborn, A. M. (2007) Diatom-derived carbohydrates as factors affecting bacterial community composition in estuarine sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73(19), pp. 6112-6124. (doi:10.1128/AEM.00551-07) (PMID:17675437) (PMCID:PMC2075028)

McKew, B. A., Coulon, F., Yakimov, M. M., Denaro, R., Genovese, M., Smith, C. J. , Osborn, A. M., Timmis, K. N. and McGenity, T. J. (2007) Efficacy of intervention strategies for bioremediation of crude oil in marine systems and effects on indigenous hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria. Environmental Microbiology, 9(6), pp. 1562-1571. (doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2007.01277.x) (PMID:17504493)

Smith, C. J. , Danilowicz, B. S. and Meijer, W. G. (2007) Characterization of the bacterial community associated with the surface and mucus layer of whiting (Merlangius merlangus). FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 62(1), pp. 90-97. (doi:10.1111/j.1574-6941.2007.00369.x) (PMID:17692096)

Smith, C. J. , Nedwell, D. B., Dong, L. F. and Osborn, A. M. (2007) Diversity and abundance of nitrate reductase genes (narG and napA), nitrite reductase genes (nirS and nrfA), and their transcripts in estuarine sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73(11), pp. 3612-3622. (doi:10.1128/AEM.02894-06) (PMID:17400770) (PMCID:PMC1932689)

Smith, C. J. , Nedwell, D. B., Dong, L. F. and Osborn, A. M. (2006) Evaluation of quantitative polymerase chain reaction-based approaches for determining gene copy and gene transcript numbers in environmental samples. Environmental Microbiology, 8(5), pp. 804-815. (doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2005.00963.x)

Smith, C. J. , Danilowicz, B. S., Clear, A. K., Costello, F. J., Wilson, B. and Meijer, W. G. (2005) T-Align, a web-based tool for comparison of multiple terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism profiles. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 54(3), pp. 375-380. (doi:10.1016/j.femsec.2005.05.002) (PMID:16332335)

Book Sections

McKew, B.A. and Smith, C.J. (2010) Real-time PCR approaches for analysis of hydrocarbon-degrading bacterial communities. In: Timmis, K. N. (ed.) Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Springer, pp. 3995-4009. ISBN 9783540775874 (doi:10.1007/978-3-540-77587-4_311)

Edited Books

Osborn, A. M. and Smith, C. J. (Eds.) (2005) Molecular Microbial Ecology. Series: BIOS advanced methods. Taylor and Francis. ISBN 9781859962831

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