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Research interests

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


2012 - present: Reader in the School of Life Sciences at 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 

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Jose Antonio Gutierrez is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

hydrocarbon Earth & Environmental Sciences
Phytoplankton Medicine & Life Sciences
bacterium Earth & Environmental Sciences
oil spill Earth & Environmental Sciences
Hydrocarbons Medicine & Life Sciences
Base Composition Medicine & Life Sciences
Bacteria Medicine & Life Sciences
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2019

Chemical Dispersant Enhances Microbial Exopolymer (EPS) Production and Formation of Marine Oil/Dispersant Snow in Surface Waters of the Subarctic Northeast Atlantic

Duran Suja, L., Chen, X., Summers, S., Paterson, D. M. & Gutierrez, T., 20 Mar 2019, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 10, 553.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
surface water

Effect of bioaugmentation on long-term biodegradation of diesel/biodiesel blends in soil microcosms

Woźniak-Karczewska, M., Lisiecki, P., Białas, W., Owsianiak, M., Piotrowska-Cyplik, A., Wolko, Ł., Ławniczak, Ł., Heipieper, H. J., Gutierrez, T. & Chrzanowski, Ł., 25 Jun 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 671, p. 948-958 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Marine microbial surfactants: searching for needles in a haystack

Gutierrez, T., Apr 2019, In : EC Microbiology. 15, 4, p. 239-241 ECMI-19-ED-149.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

Microbial degradation of hydrocarbons in the marine environment, with a focus on the microbial response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Bell, S. & Gutierrez, T., 1 Aug 2019, In : EC Microbiology. 15, 8, p. 823-831 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
oil spill
marine environment