We are a small team of researchers with a wide range of skills and experience. Lab alumni have progressed to positions in academic research and teaching, hydrogeology and environmental engineering consultancies, editing/publishing, and government/non-profit agencies. Highly motivated prospective students and postdoctoral research fellows who are interested in joining the lab are welcome to contact us (email addresses below).

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 research focuses 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.


Gilly the Dog

Retriever of rubber balls, connoisseur of carrots, sometimes duck trapped in a dog’s body


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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