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The training needs in Microbiology which could have implications for future scientific innovation, most importantly in biotechnology, have been identified by an Edge Hill academic in one of the most prominent journals in the field.

André Antunes, Senior Lecturer in Microbial Genetics, has had his research published in Trends in Microbiology, which is a reference publication for the discussion of all aspects of microbiology.

The article titled Fueling the Bio-economy: European Culture Collections and Microbiology Education and Training, focuses on results obtained from a questionnaire-based survey across Europe, targeted current and potential users of microbial resources.

The results identified training topics within the field of microbiology that will be in particularly high demand in the next five years.

André, who teaches and researches in the University’s Biology department said:

“The results from my research shows very marked differences between the training needs in the profit- and non-profit sectors.

“Current Education and Training within the field of microbiology seems to be misaligned with future needs of the sector, which could significantly hamper current and further innovations in the field of biotechnology.

“The article approaches this issue based on the perspective of microbiological resource centres (which act as vital repositories of microbes, as well as centrals hubs of expertise in microbiology), but is of wide interest to students, industry, researchers and Higher Education Institutions.”

As well as being a Senior Lecturer in Microbial Genetics, André is also an environmental microbiology researcher and has devoted most of his research life to the study of microbial communities thriving in marine and extreme environments.

He received his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) with research focused on the deep-sea brines of the Red Sea which was developed at the prestigious Lehrstuhl für Mikrobiologie und Archaeenzentrum, University of Regensburg (Germany).

He continued his research with post-doc periods in Portugal (University of Coimbra) and in Saudi Arabia (Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology). Additionally, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the African island-state of Cape Verde, and as a project manager for the European Union, based at the University of Minho (Portugal), where he was involved in the national and European coordination of the EU-funded project MIRRI (Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure).

More recently, he was appointed as research consultant at the Computational Bioscience Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology- KAUST (Saudi Arabia), and has joined the Biology Department at Edge Hill University in January 2016.

Click here to read the full article, which features in Trends in Microbiology, Volume 24, Issue 2, February 2016.