Dr Angela Sherry
CEG and SAgE Faculty Research Fellow (Geomicrobiology)
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- Address: School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle upon Tyne
I joined Civil Engineering and Geosciences in 2000 as a PhD student studying microbial ecotoxicogenomics. Since 2005 I have undertaken an array of post-doctoral research predominantly on the characterisation of microbial communities involved in anaerobic oil biodegradation, under methanogenic and sulphate-reducing conditions. I’ve worked on RCUK, EU and industry funded projects looking at the stimulation of microbes in reservoirs for the enhanced conversion of oil to methane and determining factors which govern the onset of oil field souring by spore-forming, thermophilic sulphate-reducing microbes. I am also involved in projects on polygonal microbial mats from the Abu Dhabi sabkha, and aerobic methane oxidation in marine sediments (microbiology and bacteriohopanepolyol (BHP) signatures). More recently, my research has focused on oil bioremediation and the stimulation of hydrocarbon-degrading microbes using macro- & micro-nutrients, and nanoparticles.
2000-2005: Ph.D. in Molecular Microbial Ecology
1996-2000: 1st Class Honours in Applied Microbiology
2016 -2017 Principal Investigator (IfS-funded project, Newcastle University) SmartGates, a novel nutrient delivery system to enhance bioremediation of oil-contaminated sediments (£9.6k)
2014 - 2016 Research Associate (EU FP7) Kill Spill: Integrated biotechnological solutions for combating marine oil spills.
2014-2017 Marie Curie International Outgoing Research Fellow (in partnership with Shell) PETROBIOME: Defining a core petroleum reservoir microbiome (position not taken up).
2013-2016: Faculty of SAgE Research Fellow (£4k pa)
2013-2018: School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences Research Fellow (£1.2k pa)
2011-2013: Research Associate (ERC) Quantifying aerobic methane oxidation in the ocean: calibration and palaeo application of a novel proxy
2007-2011: Research Associate (NERC) Crude oil oxidation without an electron acceptor; syntrophic hydrocarbon degrading microbes work together to "crack" a tough problem
2008-2009: Microbiology Project Manager for Profero Energy Inc. Stimulation of microbial activity in petroleum reservoirs for the enhanced conversion of oil to methane
2006-2007: Research Associate (Bacchus project) Microbiological studies of methanogens in petroleum reservoir microbial communities
2006-2007: Research Associate (NERC urgency grant) Biogeochemical & microbial analyses of a deep saline hot water aquifer in a geothermal borehole in northeast England
2004-2006: Research Support Officer
2000-2005: Ph.D. - An Ecotoxicogenomic Study in Escherichia coli K12-MG1655.
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME)
European Association of Organic Geochemists (EAOG)
International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM)
Geomicrobiology Network UK (Communications)
Anaerobic hydrocarbon biodegradation
Aerobic hydrocarbon biodegradation
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
SmartGates, a novel nutrient delivery system to enhance bioremediation of oil-contaminated sediments
2014 Researcher representative on the Human Resources Excellence in Research Steering Group.
2008 - 2010 Co-representative of Researcher’s Forum in CEG (with Rich Dawson).
Reviewer for Scientific Reports, Microbial Ecology, ISME journal, Environmental Microbiology, Organic Geochemistry, International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology, Fuel.
Bethan Lloyd - hosted and organised work experience placement in Geomicrobiology group, CEG, March 2017.
Rebecca Steele - hosted and organised work experience placement in Geomicrobiology group, CEG, Feb 2015.
Kirsten Dutton - (PhD student) From sediment to rock – the role of microbes in early lithification of sabkha sediments, 2014-2017.
Emma Bell - Knowledge Build Research with Exxon Mobil (with Dr Casey Hubert & Dr Giovanni Pilloni), 2014.
Kate Osborne - (PhD student) Investigating the environmental controls of hopanoid biosynthesis via functional gene analysis, 2011-2014.
MSc project supervision: Pornprakarn Karnboon (2016), Guillermo Cueto and Moses Etelej (2015), Jennifer Chapman (2009), Henrik Serk (2008), Lauren Mckee & Sani Yahaya (2007), Sriram Iyer (2006).
BSc project supervision: Amy Crawshaw (2006).
Past and Present Funding
2016 - 2017 Principle Investigator - SmartGates, a novel nutrient delivery system to enhance bioremediation of oil-contaminated sediments. Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University (£9.6k).
2013 - 2016 Research Fellowship in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE), Newcastle University (£4k pa).
2013 - 2018 Research Fellowship in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG), Newcastle University, (£1.2k pa).
2013 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (ca. €392k) with CEG & SHELL oil & gas.
2014 Session Chair for Molecular Microbial Ecology Group (MMEG), Bangor University, Wales.
2014 Kill•Spill project partners meeting, Messina, Sicily. Scientific Evening oral presentation: Micronutrient effects on hydrocarbon biodegradation under sulphate reducing conditions (invited).
2012 Presentation at the Gordon Research Seminar in Organic Geochemistry, Holderness, New Hampshire, MA, USA. Changes in aerobic methane oxidation, methanotroph communities and bacteriohopanepolyol signatures in response to environmental perturbations in estuary sediments (invited).
2009 Geochemical Society's Paper of the Year Award for Jones et al., 2008; Nature, 451 (7175), 176-180.
2008 Session chair at the 14th Molecular Microbial Ecology Group (MMEG), University of Warwick.
Best Scientific Poster Prize on 3 occasions for studies on the role of microbial communities in anaerobic oil biodegradation:
2010 Reservoir Microbiology Forum (RMF), Energy Institute, London, U.K.
2009 Int’l Symposium on Appl. Mol. Microbiol. in Oil Systems (ISMOS-2), Denmark.
2007 ISMOS-1, University of Essex, U.K.
2006 Co-convener of the 12th Molecular Microbial Ecology Group (MMEG), Newcastle University.
2005 Presentation at the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Newcastle University. Towards Ecotoxicogenomics: response of E. coli gene expression to a biodegradable toxic compound, para-nitrophenol (PNP).
CEG8632 Sedimentary Organic Matter 1 (2015/2016)
Lecture - Microbial role in the production and preservation of sedimentary organic matter.
Assisted on Staithes, North Yorkshire geology field trip.
NERC Oil and Gas CDT course: Extra heavy oil/oil sands exploitation, economics and environmental consequences. Hosted at Durham University, 7th July 2015.
- Daghio M, Aulenta F, Vaiopoulou E, Franzetti A, Arends J, Sherry A, Suárez-Suárez A, Head IM, Bestetti G, Rabaey K. Electrobioremediation of oil spills. Water Research 2017, 114, 351-370.
- Sherry A, Osborne KA, Sidgwick FR, Gray ND, Talbot HM. A temperate river estuary is a sink for methanotrophs adapted to extremes of pH, temperature and salinity. Environmental Microbiology Reports 2016, 8(1), 122-131.
- Talbot HM, Sidgwick FR, Bischoff J, Osborne KA, Rush D, Sherry A, Spencer-Jones CL. Analysis of non-derivatised bacteriohopanepolyols by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 2016, 30(19), 2087-2098.
- Sherry A, Grant RJ, Aitken CM, Jones M, Head IM, Gray ND. Volatile hydrocarbons inhibit methanogenic crude oil degradation. Frontiers in Microbiology 2014, 5, 131.
- Singh AK, Sherry A, Gray ND, Jones DM, Bowler BFJ, Head IM. Kinetic parameters for nutrient enhanced crude oil biodegradation in intertidal marine sediments. Frontiers in Microbiology 2014, 5, 160.
- Gibson RA, Sherry A, Kaur G, Pancost RD, Talbot HM. Bacteriohopanepolyols preserved in silica sinters from Champagne Pool (New Zealand) indicate a declining temperature gradient over the lifetime of the vent. Organic Geochemistry 2014, 69, 61-69.
- Aitken CM, Jones DM, Maguire MJ, Gray ND, Sherry A, Bowler BFJ, Ditchfield AK, Larter SR, Head IM. Evidence that crude oil alkane activation proceeds by different mechanisms under sulfate-reducing and methanogenic conditions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2013, 109, 162-174.
- Callbeck CM, Sherry A, Hubert CRJ, Gray ND, Voordouw G, Head IM. Improving PCR efficiency for accurate quantification of 16S rRNA genes. Journal of Microbiological Methods 2013, 93(2), 148-152.
- Bennett B, Adams JJ, Gray ND, Sherry A, Oldenburg TBP, Huang H, Larter SR, Head IM. The controls on the composition of biodegraded oils in the deep subsurface - Part 3. The impact of microorganism distribution on petroleum geochemical gradients in biodegraded petroleum reservoirs. Organic Geochemistry 2013, 56, 94-105.
- Sherry A, Gray ND, Ditchfield AK, Aitken CM, Jones DM, Röling WFM, Hallmann C, Larter SR, Bowler BFJ, Head IM. Anaerobic biodegradation of crude oil under sulphate-reducing conditions leads to only modest enrichment of recognized sulphate-reducing taxa. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 2013, 81, 105-113.
- Hubert CRJ, Oldenburg TBP, Fustic M, Gray ND, Larter SR, Penn K, Rowan AK, Seshadri R, Sherry A, Swainsbury R, Voordouw G, Voordouw JK, Head IM. Massive dominance of Epsilonproteobacteria in formation waters from a Canadian oil sands reservoir containing severely biodegraded oil. Environmental Microbiology 2012, 14(2), 387-404.
- Gray ND, Sherry A, Grant RJ, Rowan AK, Hubert CRJ, Callbeck CM, Aitken CM, Jones DM, Adams JJ, Larter SR, Head IM. The quantitative significance of Syntrophaceae and syntrophic partnerships in methanogenic degradation of crude oil alkanes. Environmental Microbiology 2011, 13(11), 2957-2975.
- Westerholm M, Dolfing J, Sherry A, Gray ND, Head IM, Schnürer A. Quantification of syntrophic acetate-oxidizing microbial communities in biogas processes. Environmental Microbiology Reports 2011, 3(4), 500-505.
- Gray ND, Sherry A, Hubert C, Dolfing J, Head IM. Methanogenic degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in subsurface environments: remediation, heavy oil formation, and energy recovery. Advances in Applied Microbiology 2010, 72, 137-161.
- Singh AK, Sherry A, Gray ND, Jones MD, Roeling WFM, Head IM. How Specific Microbial Communities Benefit the Oil Industry: Dynamics of Alcanivorax spp. in Oil Contaminated Intertidal Beach Sediments Undergoing Bioremediation. In: Whitby, C; Skovhus TL, ed. Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oilfield Systems: Proceedings from the International Symposium on Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems 2009. United Kingdom: Springer, 2009, pp.199-210.
- Sherry A, Gray ND, Aitken CM, Dolfing J. Microbial oil degradation under methanogenic conditions. In: Timmis, K.N, ed. Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, 2010, pp.3906-3917.
- Gray N, Aitken C, Sherry A, Head I, Jones M, Erdmann M, Adams J, Larter S. Biogenic methane production from subsurface petroleum systems: organisms and mechanisms. In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 19th Annual VM Goldschmidt Conference. 2009, Davos, Switzerland: Pergamon.
- Gray ND, Sherry A, Larter SR, Erdmann M, Leyris J, Liengen T, Beeder J, Head IM. Biogenic methane production in formation waters from a large gas field in the North Sea. Extremophiles 2009, 13(3), 511-519.
- Head IM, Larter SR, Gray ND, Sherry A, Adams JJ, Aitken CM, Jones DM, Rowan AK, Huang H, Röling WFM. Hydrocarbon Degradation in Petroleum Reservoirs. In: Timmis, K.N. ed. in chief, McGenity, T., van der Meer, J.R., de Lorenzo, V, ed. Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, 2010, pp.3097-3109 (chapter 54).
- Oldenburg T, Larter SR, Adams JJ, Clements M, Hubert C, Rowan AK, Sherry A, Head IM, Grigoriyan AA, Voordouw G, Fustic M. Methods for Recovery of Microorganisms and Intact Microbial Polar Lipids from Oil−Water Mixtures: Laboratory Experiments and Natural Well-Head Fluids. Analytical Chemistry 2009, 81(10), 4130-4136.
- Jones DM, Head IM, Gray ND, Adams JJ, Rowan AK, Aitken CM, Bennett B, Huang H, Brown A, Bowler BFJ, Oldenburg T, Erdmann M, Larter SR. Crude-oil biodegradation via methanogenesis in subsurface petroleum reservoirs. Nature 2008, 451(7175), 176-180.
- Brown A, Snape JR, Harwood CR, Head IM. Whole genome microarray analysis of the expression profile of Escherichia coli in response to exposure to para-nitrophenol. In: Hogstrand, C; Kille, P, ed. Comparative Toxicogenomics. Amsterdam; Boston: Elsevier, 2008, pp.221-248.
- Gray ND, Brown A, Nelson DR, Pickup RW, Rowan AK, Head IM. The biogeographical distribution of closely related freshwater sediment bacteria is determined by environmental selection. The ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology 2007, 1(7), 596–605.
- Dempsey MJ, Porto I, Mustafa M, Rowan AK, Brown A, Head IM. The expanded bed biofilter: Combined nitrification, solids destruction, and removal of bacteria. In: 5th World Water Congress of the International-Water-Association. 2006, Beijing, China: Water Science and Technology, IWA Publishing.
- Brown A. The application of ecotoxicogenomics in ecotoxicology. Microbiology 2004, 5(4), 43-44.
- Sherry A, Andrade L, Velenturf A, Christgen B, Gray ND, Head IM. How to access and exploit natural resources sustainably: petroleum biotechnology. Microbial Biotechnology 2017. In Press.