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Dr Simon McIlroy
ARC Future Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - CDA
Discipline *
Microbiology, Environmental Biotechnology, Medical Microbiology
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Microbiology, Microscopy, Methanotrophy, Wastewater treatment

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr McIlroy is a microbial ecologist specialising in the development and application of methods for the visualisation and characterisation of microorganisms within their natural environment. He spent the early part of his research career working on the microbiology of wastewater and anaerobic digesters for biogas production, earning his PhD from La Trobe University and working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Microbial Communities at Aalborg University, Denmark. He now works on anaerobic methanotrophic archaea in freshwater sediments, initially as a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) at the University of Queensland, and now as an ARC Future Fellow at the Centre for Microbiome Research at QUT.

Dr McIlroy’s research at QUT applies meta-omics and single cell visualisation techniques to identify novel respiratory strategies employed by archaeal lineages utilising methane in anaerobic sediments. Expanding the known metabolic potential for these lineages will provide important insight into their ecology and potentially demonstrate their role in linking methane oxidation to several global biogeochemical cycles.

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