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Research interests

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

Biography

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 

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Research Output

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.

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    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).

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    Biosynthesis of rhamnolipid by a Marinobacter species expands the paradigm of biosurfactant synthesis to a new genus of the marine microflora

    Tripathi, L., Twigg, M. S., Zompra, A., Salek, K., Irorere, V. U., Gutierrez, T., Spyroulias, G. A., Marchant, R. & Banat, I. M., 10 Oct 2019, In : Microbial Cell Factories. 18, 164.

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    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.

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