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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
  • 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
  • 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. 26 May 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
  • 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
  • Healing Masonry: Demonstrating the Potential of Biological Self-healing for Building Conservation, Theodoridou, M., Agraviador, A., Mwebaza, D., Sherry, A., Zhang, M., Dade-Robertson, M., James, P. 15 Apr 2023, BioProtopia, Basel, Switzerland, Birkhauser Verlag Basel
  • Microbiome surveillance of indoor air for environmental health and occupational hygiene., Sherry, A., Delgado Corrales, B., Stott, K., Crown, M., White, G., Acaster, ., Brabbs, A., Crawford, B. 2023, Microbiology Society Annual Conference
  • Use of propionic acid additions to enhance zinc removal from mine drainage in short residence time, flow-through sulfate-reducing bioreactors, Gandy, C., Gray, N., Mejehab, O., Sherry, A., Jarvis, A. 1 Feb 2023, In: Journal of Environmental Management
  • Hyperthermophilic endospores germinate and metabolize organic carbon in sediments heated to 80°C, Bell, E., Rattray, J., Sloan, K., Sherry, A., Pilloni, G., Hubert, C. 1 Nov 2022, In: Environmental Microbiology

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Oral presentation: 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
  • Membership of network: Microbiology Society (External organisation) 2020
  • Membership of network: Environmental Biotechnology network (EBnet) (BBSRC/EPSRC NIBB) (External organisation) 2019
  • Other: MPhil Co-Supervisor: K. Dutton. From sediment to rock: the role of microbes in early lithification of sabkha sediments. 2018
  • Other: PhD Co-Supervisor: M.E.M. Sindi. Effects of physicochemical properties of injected seawater on microbial processes, corrosion and souring control strategies. 2018
  • Other: PhD Co-Supervisor: O. Olawuyi. Sustainable enhanced bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons: beyond N and P. 2018
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Molecular Microbial Ecology Group (MMEG) 2017
  • Membership of network: International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM) (External organisation) 2016

Beatriz Delgado Corrales Characterisation of the air microbiome in farms with different degrees of urbanisation Start Date: 01/10/2020

  • 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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