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School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Dr Ozge Eyice-Broadbent

Ozge

Lecturer in Molecular Microbial Ecology

Email: o.eyice@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 7787
Room Number: Room 6.14a, Fogg Building

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Ecology (BIO123)
  • Practical Molecular and Cellular Biology (Tutorials) (BIO190)
  • Practical Biology (Tutorials) (BIO192)
  • Research Methods and Communication (Tutorial) (BIO209)
  • Research Methods and Communication II (Tutorials) (BIO309)
  • Climate Change and Conservation Challenges (Module Organiser) (BIO343)
  • Environmental Microbiology (Module Organiser) (BIO341)

Research

Research Interests:

My research interest has centred on the microbial ecology of natural and engineered ecosystems, which includes understanding the diversity, structure and function of microbial communities. I mainly work on anoxic sediments and wastewater treatment plants using advanced molecular techniques and traditional microbiology tools. My research has been mainly funded by NERC, the Leverhulme Trust and EU.

My team currently works on the microbial ecology of methane production via organosulfur compound degradation in anoxic sediments such as from estuaries and wetlands. We recently showed that the degradation of organosulfur compounds such as dimethylsulfide (DMS), dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) and methanethiol (MT) lead to significant amount of methane production in wetland and estuarine sediments. We are working to uncover the magnitude of organosulfur-dependent methane production in these ecosystems and determine which microbes and metabolic pathways underlie this process in anoxic sediments.

We are also interested in resource recovery such as methane and volatile organic compounds from anaerobic digesters treating industrial wastewaters through understanding the diversity, interactions and metabolism of anaerobic microorganisms. This will be a major step forward towards achieving the sustainable development goals.

Recently, we started to study the plastic pollution and its effect on the microbial communities and their functions in natural aquatic ecosystems. We work as part of a large team of different disciplines such as chemistry, ecology and geography, which seek to explore and mitigate the impact of plastic pollution on the environment.

Research department

Publications