• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 83 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
20132019
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Personal profile

Biography

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.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Nottingham

Sep 2008Sep 2012

Master, University of Nottingham

Sep 2007Sep 2008

Bachelor, King's College London

Sep 2003Jul 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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Cystic Fibrosis Medicine & Life Sciences
surface tension Earth & Environmental Sciences
Leukocyte Elastase Medicine & Life Sciences
Secretory Leukocyte Peptidase Inhibitor Medicine & Life Sciences
nuclear magnetic resonance Earth & Environmental Sciences
relative abundance Earth & Environmental Sciences
Marinobacter Medicine & Life Sciences
algal bloom Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 83 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 6 Article
  • 4 Poster
  • 1 Literature review

Alginate/Chitosan Particle-Based Drug Delivery Systems for Pulmonary Applications

Hill, M., Twigg, M., Sheridan, E., Hardy, J., Elborn, S., Taggart, C., Scott, C. & Migaud, M., 2 Aug 2019, In : Pharmaceutics. 11, 8, 12 p., 379.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Tobramycin
Chitosan
Mucus
Drug Delivery Systems
Cystic Fibrosis

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., Zompra, K., Salek, K., Irorere, V., Gutierrez, T., Spyroulias, G., Marchant, R. & Banat, I., 10 Oct 2019, In : Microbial Cell Factories. 18, 1, p. 1-12 12 p., 164 (2019).

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Marinobacter
Biosynthesis
Bacteria
Virulence
Industrial applications

Characterisation of rhamnolipid production in a previously un-investigated, non-pathogenic marine Pseudomonad.

Twigg, M., Tripathi, L., Zompra, K., Salek, K., Irorere, V., Gutierrez, T., Spyroulias, G., Marchant, R. & Banat, I., 24 Sep 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
File
surface tension
nuclear magnetic resonance
relative abundance
algal bloom
fatty acid

The marine environment: a promising source of microorganisms for the production of biosurfactants

Tripathi, L., Twigg, M., Zompra, K., Chasapi, S., Gutierrez, T., Spyroulias, G., Marchant, R. & Banat, I., 25 Sep 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
File
biosurfactants
marine environment
microorganisms
Marinobacter
Halomonas

The Riddle of Rhamnolipid Molecular Biosynthesis

Twigg, M., Marchant, R. & Banat, I., 25 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
File
biosynthesis
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
synthesis
operon
Marinobacter

Activities 2019 2019

  • 2 Oral presentation

Surfactants from the sea: Rhamnolipid production by marine bacteria

Matthew Twigg (Speaker)
9 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

A Critical Evaluation of Experimental Evidence Required for the Identification of Biosurfactant Producing Bacteria.

Matthew Twigg (Speaker)
26 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation