We have typically been a smaller group (6-10 people) with backgrounds in geoscience, microbiology, chemistry, soil science, and other related fields. Lab alumni (see below) have progressed to positions in academic research and teaching, hydrogeology and environmental engineering consultancies, editing/publishing, and government/non-profit agencies.

Although the Moreau Lab is now based in the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow (as of July 2019), most of the research group is still working in the purpose-built geomicrobiology laboratory in the School of Earth Sciences, at The University of Melbourne, where Dr. Moreau was previously employed (2008-2019).

Highly motivated prospective students and postdoctoral research fellows who are interested in joining the new lab at Glasgow University are welcome to contact us for more information (email addresses below). Despite the current pandemic situation, prospective researchers are encouraged to enquire after opportunities, recognising that there may be temporary challenges to relocation and project starts.

Dr. John Moreau

Reader in Geomicrobiology and Environmental Geoscience, Lab Leader (2019- present), University of Glasgow

Associate Professor (2008-2019), The University of Melbourne NRC Fellow (2006-08), U.S. Geological Survey Ph.D (2006), University of California-Berkeley B.A., Hons. (1994), M.S. (2001), Arizona State University

John leads the geomicrobiology group at Glasgow University, studying the interaction of microbes with heavy metals and other contaminants. His own research has focused on the evolution and role of sulfur-cycling and mercury-methylating bacteria, across a range of terrestrial and marine environments.

Email: john.moreau (at)

Robert (Angus) Keillar

Ph.D Candidate (at Melbourne University)

M.Sci (2014), University of Melbourne

B.Sci (2012), University of Melbourne

Angus uses experimental (cultivation-based), metagenomic and modelling (PHREEQC, COBRA) approaches to investigating microbial responses to supercritical CO2 injection in the deep subsurface. His work supports efforts to understand the potential consequences of “geo-sequestering” CO2 in efforts to mitigate climate warming.


Marcos Voutsinos

Ph.D Candidate (at Melbourne University)

Hons., Menzies School of Public Health

B.Sci., LaTrobe University

Marcos uses metagenomics and cultivation-based experiments to investigate the role of environmental microorganisms in dissolving rare earth element-bearing phosphate minerals in weathered rocks and soils. This microbially-driven process leads to release of phosphorus, a vital element for life.


Heyu Lin

Ph.D Candidate (at Melbourne University)

M.Sci, Ocean University of China (2017)

B.Sci, Dalian Ocean University (2014)

Heyu applies metagenomics and bioinformatics to understanding the diversity and activity of mercury (Hg)-methylating bacteria in the world’s oceans. His work expands our understanding of an important microbially-mediated Hg transformation in the global biogeochemical mercury cycle.


Farhad Shafiei

Ph.D candidate (at Melbourne University)

M.Sci, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz (2006) B.Sci, Shahid Beheshti University (2003)

Farhad employs cultivation-based experiments and metagenomics to unravel the complexity of autotrophic thiocyanate degrading microbiomes in engineered (bioremediation) systems. His research supports water recycling and chemical waste remediation in the gold mining industry worldwide.



Dr. Mathew Watts, Research Fellow Ph.D (2014), University of Manchester M.Sci (2008), University of Leeds Currently Scientist at the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (Melbourne)

Dr. Hong Phuc Vu, McKenzie Fellow Ph.D (2010), University of Leeds Currently Consultant at Golder Associates (Melbourne)

Dr. Susan Cumberland, CSIRO Research Fellow Ph.D (2010), University of Birmingham Currently Research Fellow at Strathclyde University (Glasgow)

Dr. Toni Cox Ph.D (2017), The University of Melbourne M.Sci (2012), University of Canterbury (NZ) Currently Editor at Oxford University Press (Australia)

Dr. Caitlin Gionfriddo Ph.D (2016), The University of Melbourne M.Sci (2012), The University of Melbourne B.Sc. (2010), University of South Carolina-Columbia Currently Research Fellow at Oak Ridge National Lab (USA)

Dr. Yu-Chen Ling Ph.D (2016), The University of Melbourne M.S. (2009), National Taiwan University Recently Research Fellow at University of Cardiff & The University of Melbourne

Dr. Katrin Hug Ph.D (2015), The University of Melbourne M.Sci (2010), Albert Ludwig University-Freiburg Currently Research Fellow at the Humboldt Institute (Munich)

Dr. Andre Mu Ph.D (2015), The University of Melbourne B.Sci., Hons. (2010), The University of Melbourne Currently Research Fellow in the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, The University of Melbourne

Ms. Angelina Bosnjak M.Phil (2015), The University of Melbourne B.Sci., Hons. (2009), Monash University Currently Environmental Scientist at ERM Australia, Melbourne

Mr. Dilip Prankumar M.Sci (2017), The University of Melbourne Currently a Hydrogeologist with Rio Tinto Corp.

Dr. Emily Hepburn Ph.D (2019), RMIT M.Sci. (2011), The University of Melbourne Currently Hydrogeologist at AECOM (Melbourne)

Ms. Rebecca White, M.Sci student B.Sci, University of Melbourne (2016)

Ms. Katelyn Boase B.Sci (Hons., Curtin University, co-supervised, 2018)

Mr. Andrew Minard M.Sci. (2011), The University of Melbourne Recently Hydrogeologist at Golder Assoc. (Melbourne)

Ms. Gretchen Sites M.Sci. (2010), The University of Melbourne Currently Hydrogeologist at Cardno-Lane-Piper (Melbourne)

Ms. Jemelyn Baldisimo Fulbright Scholar, Ph.D Candidate (2018 – ), Old Dominion University (USA) M.Env. (2010), The University of Melbourne

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