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Dr Angela Sherry

Assistant Professor

Department: Applied Sciences

Angela Sherry

  • I am an Environmental Molecular Microbiologist interested in the function and community composition of microbes in the environment. I have a diverse research portfolio focused on projects related to the biodegradation of oil, methane oxidation, geothermal energy, and the effects of pesticide use on microbes in agricultural soils. I have tested novel biotechnologies for their ability to deliver nutrients to oil spills to increase bioremediation rates. My research aims to mechanistically understand the role of microbes in geochemical processes and the impacts that environmental change or engineering interventions have had or will have. I enjoy working on collaborative ventures with both industry and academia with interdisciplinary teams, which has led to successful publications in e.g. Environmental Microbiology, Frontiers in Microbiology and Nature. My current research interests include microbe:textile biohybrids, built environment microbiomes, carbonate precipitation in microbial mats and engineered soils, aerobic methane oxidation in marine sediments, oil bioremediation and/or carbon sequestration using waste mineral amendments and microbially-influenced oil field issues. I am Assistant Professor in Microbial Environments, affiliated with the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE), Applied Sciences,  Northumbria University.

  • Environmental Microbiology
    Anaerobic hydrocarbon biodegradation
    Aerobic hydrocarbon biodegradation
    Petroleum microbiology
    Oil spill bioremediation
    Methane cycling (methanogenesis and methanotrophy)
    Carbonate precipitation in hypersaline microbial mats
    Carbonate precipitation in soils
    Response of soil microbial communities to pesticides
    Use of wastes for soil hydrocarbon bioremediation and CO2 sequestration
    Built environment microbiomes (air and surface communities)
    Microbe:Material interactions and biohybrids

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Biogenic Construction, Gilmour, K., Haystead, J., Karimian, A., Moreland, P., Wang, J., Arnandottin, T., Christgen, B., Rodrigues Corral, J., Guyet, A., Zhang, M., Wipat, A., Mitrani, H., Dade-Robertson, M., Sharma Ghimire, P., Wright, J., James, P., Mwebaza, D., Theodoridoua, M., Bruno, A., Bridgens, B., Sherry, A., Ozkan, D., Agraviador, A., Perry, O., Bagga, M., Alex, A., Hamley-Bennett, C., Justo-Reinoso, I., Gebhard, S., Paine, K., Masoero, E., Ofiteru, I., Wang, C., Eiriksdottir, S., Savas, E., Jones, E., De Nardi, C., Harbottle , M., Reitzer, P., New, R., Bryan, S., Mol, L., Campbell, O., Gilbert, O., Gudnadottir, B., Cuzman, O., Peritto, B. 20 Mar 2024
  • Effect of (in)organic additives on microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation, Haystead, J., Gilmour, K., Sherry, A., Dade-Robertson, M., Zhang, M. 1 Jan 2024, In: Journal of Applied Microbiology
  • Effects of High Salinity PWRI Practice on Sulfidogenesis and Microbially Influenced Corrosion, Sindi, M., Zhu, X., Christgen, B., Sherry, A., Gray, N., Head, I. 4 Mar 2024, Petroleum Microbiology, Boca Raton, US, CRC Press
  • Air microbiome diversity in the built environment across a rural – urban gradient is driven by farm type, room type and animal presence., Delgado Corrales, B., Davis, H., Sherry, A. 2023, Microbiology Society Annual Conference
  • Biocellular Concrete Facade: Storing Waste and Absorbing Carbon Dioxide, Morrow, R., Bloch, K., Sherry, A., Agraviador, A., Gilmour, K., Doherty, R., Nanukuttan, S., Gilligan, E., Perry, O. 15 Apr 2023, BioProtopia, Basel, Switzerland, Birkhauser Verlag Basel
  • Biohybrids: textile fibres provide scaffolds and highways for microbial translocation, Sherry, A., Martins Dell' Agnese, B., Scott, J. 13 Jun 2023, In: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  • BioMateriOME: to understand microbe-material interactions within sustainable, living architectures, Delgado Corrales, B., Kaiser, R., Nerlich, P., Agraviador, A., Sherry, A. 1 May 2023, Advances in Applied Microbiology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Academic Press Inc.
  • BioMateriOME: Monitoring and Perception of Microbe-Material Interactions, Sherry, A., Delgado Corrales, B., Kaiser, R., Nerlich, P., Agraviador, A., Perry, O. 15 Apr 2023, BioProtopia, Basel, Switzerland, Birkhauser Verlag Basel
  • Built environment microbiomes transition from outdoor to human-associated communities after construction and commissioning, Young, G., Sherry, A., Smith, D. 22 Sep 2023, In: Scientific Reports
  • Demonstrating the potential of biological self-healing for conservation through the healing masonry prototype, Theodoridoua, M., Mwebaza, D., Agraviador, A., Sherry, A., Zhang, M., Dade-Robertson, M., James, P., Bridgens, B., Morrow, R. 15 Feb 2023, 2nd International Conference on Construction, Energy, Environment & Sustainability, 2023

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: Future Materials within Growing Home: A New World of Materials Exhibition (Edinburgh Science Festival 2024) 2024
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: Northumbria University - Experience day 2024
  • Hosting an academic visitor: Fengji Wu 2023
  • Oral presentation: Location and room type drive air microbiome diversity in farms across an urban - rural gradient. Presenter: Beatriz Delgado Corrales. 2023
  • Invited talk: Invited Guest Speaker - My Academic Research Journey 2023
  • Oral presentation: BioMateriOME: Microbe-Material Interactions in the Built Environment. 2023
  • Oral presentation: Demonstrating the potential of biological self-healing for conservation through the healing masonry prototype. Presenter: Magdalini Theodoridou. 2023
  • Invited talk: Fibre Highways: translocation of the microbiome on textiles for multiple applications 2022
  • Invited talk: Manipulating microbiomes for enhanced hydrocarbon bioremediation in the natural environment. 2022
  • Invited talk: Current challenges of monitoring the microbial quality of air in the Built Environment​ 2021

  • Lauren Olley Start Date: 01/03/2024
  • Rebecca Pearman Understanding Bacillus spore interactions on textiles for innovative cleaning technologies Start Date: 01/10/2023

  • Microbiology PhD February 01 2005
  • Microbiology BSc (Hons) June 01 2000

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Sediment cooling triggers germination and sulfate reduction by heat-resistant thermophilic spore-forming bacteria, Bell, E., Sherry, A., Pilloni, G., Suárez-Suárez, A., Cramm, M., Cueto, G., Head, I., Hubert, C. 2 Jan 2020, In: Environmental Microbiology
  • Beyond N and P, Mejeha, O., Head, I., Sherry, A., McCann, C., Leary, P., Jones, D., Gray, N. Dec 2019, In: Chemosphere
  • Combining electrokinetic transport and bioremediation for enhanced removal of crude oil from contaminated marine sediments, Cappello, S., Cruz Viggi, C., Yakimov, M., Rossetti, S., Matturro, B., Molina, L., Segura, A., Marqués, S., Yuste, L., Sevilla, E., Rojo, F., Sherry, A., Mejeha, O., Head, I., Malmquist, L., Christensen, J., Kalogerakis, N., Aulenta, F. 15 Jun 2019, In: Water Research
  • Anode potential selection for sulfide removal in contaminated marine sediments, Daghio, M., Vaiopoulou, E., Aulenta, F., Sherry, A., Head, I., Franzetti, A., Rabaey, K. 15 Oct 2018, In: Journal of Hazardous Materials
  • Distribution of thermophilic endospores in a temperate estuary indicate that dispersal history structures sediment microbial communities, Bell, E., Blake, L., Sherry, A., Head, I., Hubert, C. 1 Mar 2018, In: Environmental Microbiology
  • A new model for the formation of microbial polygons in a coastal sabkha setting., Lokier, S., Andrade, L., Court, W., Dutton, K., Head, I., van der Land, C., Paul, A., Sherry, A. 1 Dec 2017, In: The Depositional Record
  • Bridging spatially segregated redox zones with a microbial electrochemical snorkel triggers biogeochemical cycles in oil-contaminated River Tyne (UK) sediments, Viggi, C., Matturro, B., Frascadore, E., Insogna, S., Mezzi, A., Kaciulis, S., Sherry, A., Mejeha, O., Head, I., Vaiopoulou, E., Rabaey, K., Rossetti, S., Aulenta, F. 15 Dec 2017, In: Water Research
  • Electrobioremediation of oil spills, Daghio, M., Aulenta, F., Vaiopoulou, E., Franzetti, A., Arends, J., Sherry, A., Suárez-Suárez, A., Head, I., Bestetti, G., Rabaey, K. 1 May 2017, In: Water Research
  • How to access and exploit natural resources sustainably, Sherry, A., Andrade, L., Velenturf, A., Christgen, B., Gray, N., Head, I. 1 Sep 2017, In: Microbial Biotechnology

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