"Leveraging an understanding of microbial physiology and ecology into industrial applications"
My research is focused on applying fundamental microbiological research to a range of biotechnologies that address goals relating to global issues, such as public health, food production, water security, energy independence and environmental sustainability.
For over a decade, I have combined principles of biosystems engineering and bioreactor design with an understanding of metabolism, physiology and ecology to achieve a suite of applied microbiology research goals. Particular attention has been paid to the physiological role and expression of oxygen-tolerant [NiFe] respiratory hydrogenases and the application of extremophilic methane oxidising bacteria to produce biofeedstocks. I am also interested in the microbial production of environmentally-friendly bioplastics from organic wastes, microbial denitrification of wastewaters and bioremediation.
My current externally funded programmes (total $1.3M) include leading projects investigating the use of extremophilic microorganisms to produce next-generation protein feeds from industrial off-gases and investigating metabolic flexibility within methanotrophic bacteria.
- Power JF., Welford HE., Carere CR., McDonald IR., Craig SC. and Stott MB. (2023) Draft Genome Sequence of Venenivibrio stagnispumantis CP.B2T, Isolated from Champagne Pool, Waiotapu, Aotearoa-New Zealand. Microbiology Resource Announcements 12(2) http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/mra.01074-22.
- Wigley K., Egbadon E., Carere CR., Weaver L., Baronian K., Burbery L., Dupont PY., Bury SJ. and Gostomski PA. (2022) RNA stable isotope probing and high-throughput sequencing to identify active microbial community members in a methane-driven denitrifying biofilm. Journal of Applied Microbiology 132(2): 1526-1542. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jam.15264.
- Carere CR., Hards K., Wigley K., Carman L., Houghton KM., Cook GM. and Stott MB. (2021) Growth on Formic Acid Is Dependent on Intracellular pH Homeostasis for the Thermoacidophilic Methanotroph Methylacidiphilum sp. RTK17.1. Frontiers in Microbiology 12 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.651744.
- Carere CR., Steen JA., Hugenholtz P. and Stott MB. (2020) Draft Genome Sequence of Limisphaera ngatamarikiensis NGM72.4T, a Moderately Alkaliphilic Thermophile Belonging to the Class Verrucomicrobiae. Microbiology Resource Announcements 9(18) http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/MRA.00225-20.
- Stott M., Houghton K., Carere RC. and Hanada S. (2020) Thermoflavifilum. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118960608.gbm01805.