University of Dundee

Two CLS Microbiologists receive awards from the Society for General Microbiology

24 Dec 2008

Two PIs from the Division of Molecular and Environment Microbiology in the College of Life Sciences have received prestigious awards from the Society for General Microbiology (SGM). 

Dr. Nicola Stanley-Wall has been awarded the 2009 Fleming Prize in recognition of her outstanding research on the molecular basis of biofilm formation. 

The prize is awarded annually by the Society for outstanding work in any branch of microbiology by a microbiologist in the relatively early stages of his or her career, and was named after Alexander Fleming who was the first president of the Society (1945-1947) and received a Nobel Prize for his discovery of penicillin.

Dr. Stanley-Wall said, “I am very pleased and honoured to receive this award from the SGM. Biofilm microbiology is a large and expanding field and I am extremely gratified that my own research contributions have received this accolade at this stage of my career.”

Dr. Stanley-Wall will deliver the 2009 Fleming Lecture at the SGM Spring Meeting in Harrogate in March 2009.

Professor Geoff Gadd, Head of the Division, has been awarded the 2009 Colworth Prize in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of environmental microbiology.

This prize is awarded biennially by the Society for an 'outstanding contribution in an area of applied microbiology' and is sponsored by the Colworth Laboratory of Unilever Research. Professor Gadd will also be delivering the  Colworth  Prize lecture at the SGM Spring meeting to be held in Harrogate in March 2009.

Upon hearing of the award Prof. Gadd said, “This is a great honour for me and thanks are clearly due to the members of my research group who have contributed to the research carried out in Dundee. The key roles of microorganisms in shaping the planet and in the treatment of pollution are important topics for all of us and I am pleased that this is being recognised more and more.”

Both Prof Gadd and Dr Stanley-Wall will have their lectures published in the SGM journal Microbiology.

These awards are further indications of the development and progress of the Division of Molecular and Environmental Microbiology which, although little over a year old, has grown significantly since moving into its new state-of-the-art labs in the College of Life Sciences. These two awards are evidence that the Division is making a current substantive impact in microbiology, and raising the profile of microbiological research carried out in CLS.

The SGM was founded in 1945 and is now the largest microbiological society in Europe with over 5000 members, located in more than 60 countries throughout the world. The Colworth Laboratory has built a reputation for scientific excellence in many fields, including agribusiness, speciality chemicals, food technology, product safety and environmental impact over the last 50 years.