Matthew Twigg


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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I am currently a research associate in biotechnology working within the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute at Ulster University. I have interests and expertise in molecular microbiology, marine microbiology and microbial biotechnology. I am currently working on the MARISURF project, a Horizon 2020 funded consortium investigating biosurfactant production by marine bacteria. It is the aim of the project to identify biosurfactants which can be exploited for biotechnological applications in various industrial sector acting as more environmentally sustainable alternatives to chemically derived surfactants. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham where, working in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, I investigated the interactions between marine algal species and their indigenous, epiphytic bacterial communities. My doctoral research demonstrated for the first time that bacteria influence the germination of the seaweed Ulva via quorum sensing signalling molecules. After completing my Ph.D. in 2012 I carried out a three-year industrially funded postdoctoral research project at Queen’s University Belfast investigating a novel biomarker for the detection of bacterial driven exacerbation in cystic fibrosis patients and the role bacterial infection plays in the protease/ anti-protease homeostatic balance within these patients.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Nottingham

Sep 2008Sep 2012

Award Date: 1 Jun 2016

Master, University of Nottingham

Sep 2007Sep 2008

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Bachelor, King's College London

Sep 2003Jul 2006

Award Date: 1 Jun 2006

External positions

Honorary Research Associate , Queen's University Belfast

Apr 2016Aug 2016

Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate , Queen's University Belfast

Apr 2013Apr 2016


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