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Research interests

Microbial ecology; Marine biopolymers; Bacterial taxonomy; Marine pollution; Oil degradative processes.


2012 - present: Associate Professor in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University.

Past appointments:

  • Marie Curie Research Fellow (2008 – 2011): University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
  • Postdoc/Research Associate (2003 – 2008): Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Oban, United Kingdom.
  • Researcher (2002 – 2003) Fluorotechnics, Ltd., Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Senior Research Associate (2002) Centre for Marine Biofouling and Bio-Innovation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • Postdoc Researcher (1999 – 2001) University of Florida, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.
  • Course Coordinator & Instructor (1996 – 1997) Department of Microbiology & Immunology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 
  • PhD (1995 - 1999) Department of Microbiology & Immunology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • BSc (Honours 1st Class) (1990 – 1994) Department of Microbiology & Immunology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Key Research Words/Phrases

Microbiology; Hydrocarbon degrading bacteria; Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); Marine oil spills; Exopolymers; Deepwater Horizon; Gulf of Mexico.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Lead research on microbial ecology projects, with a particular interest on the microbial response to oil spills and bioremediation processes.
  • Supervision of undergraduate, MSc and PhD projects, and reviewer of PhD vivas at UK and overseas universities.
  • Member of international scientific associations and microbiological societies.

Research Group Contact Details

Tony Gutierrez, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology
School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
United Kingdom
Web: www.tony-gutierrez.com 

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Research Output

Integrating micro-algae into wastewater treatment: A review

Mohsenpour, S. F., Hennige, S., Willoughby, N., Adeloye, A. J. & Gutierrez, T., 3 Sep 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 752, 142168.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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    Production and characterisation of a marine Halomonas surface-active exopolymer

    Gutierrez, T., Morris, G., Ellis, D., Mulloy, B. & Aitken, M. D., Feb 2020, In : Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 104, 3, p. 1063-1076 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Specific enrichment of hydrocarbonclastic bacteria from diesel-amended soil on biochar particles

    Assil, Z., Esegbue, O., Mašek, O., Gutierrez, T. & Free, A., 12 Oct 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Science of the Total Environment.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Uncovering microbial hydrocarbon degradation processes: the promise of stable isotope probing

    Gutierrez, T. & Kleindienst, S., 5 Feb 2020, Marine Hydrocarbon Seeps: Microbiology and Biogeochemistry of a Global Marine Habitat. Teske, A. & Carvalho, V. (eds.). Springer, p. 183-199 (Springer Oceanography).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
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