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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 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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