Aidan Barry

Project: Algal reactors for nutrient recovery from waste water

Supervisors: Professor Rod Scott and Dr Tom Arnot


Aidan graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013 with a 2:1 BSc in Biochemistry. During his time in Bristol, he took extra modules on pharmacology and chemistry, with final year material on synthetic biology and biotechnology techniques. He will be starting his PhD research project at the University of Bath later this year.

His undergraduate project focused on the application of bioinformatics techniques to finding the interactions between epithelial proteins in the nematode C. elegans. The project required the design and production of a variety of transgenic E.coli strains containing composite plasmids for both transformation of the worms and RNA interference studies.

Aidan’s final year literature project also looked at factors affecting thermostability in aqueous and membrane proteins, especially the differences between mesophilic and thermophilic bacterial proteins.

Research Interests

  • Microbial fuel cells for energy production and water quality sensing
  • Algae for nutrient capture and added value product synthesis
  • Modification of microbial organisms for improved function/ resilience/ economical
  • Metabolic modelling of microbial products
  • Renewable resource production from waste sources

WISE Summer School 2017 Presentation: Aidan_Barry_Jun17[1]

June 2017 Poster: Aidan Barry Jun17