Dr. Paul Baker

Postdoctoral Researcher

Environmental Science Department
Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University
Lancaster, LA1 4YQ
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1524 593665
Fax: +44 (0)1524 593985

Email: p.w.baker[insert'@']lancaster.ac.uk

Biography: Paul obtained his PhD from Warwick University investigating actinomycetes in soil microcosms. The outcome of this work lead to the development of a molecular technique useful in the detection of actinomycetes in environmental samples and an understanding of the spatial localization of actinomycete propagules and spores in different sized water stable soil aggregates.

Since graduating, Paul has been involved in different research projects investigating the bioremediation in a TCE-contaminated aquifer, oil tanker biocorrosion, microbial contamination in water systems aboard space vehicles, microbiology in freshwater streams and developing metagenomic techniques for mining microbial sequences associated with marine sponges.

Current research: Paul will be further developing the diffusive gradients in thin films (DGTs) to detect metal speciation associated with biological components. Two types of DGTs will be developed, a Biological Binding DGT (BBDGT) incorporating cell cultures of rainbow trout (Oncorhyncus mykiss) gill cells and a Biological Mobilizing DGT (BMDGT) incorporating bacteria e.g. Geobacter sulphurreducens/ Pseudomonas fluorescens or Shewanella oneidensis near the surface layer of the DGT. The BBDGT and BMDGT will be compared the traditional DGTs when immersed in spiked concentrations of trace metals to determine whether BBDGT and BMBGT can be used in risk assessment and understanding of bioavailability of metals, respectively.


  • Baker, P.W., J. Kennedy, J. Morrissey, F. O’Gara, A.D.W. Dobson and J.R. Marchesi. (2009) Endoglucanase activities and growth of marine-derived fungi isolated from the sponge Haliclona simulans. J. Appl. Microbiol. 108, 1668-1675.

  • Baker, P. W, J. Kennedy, A.D.W. Dobson and J.R. Marchesi. (2009) Phylogenetic diversity and antimicrobial activities of fungi associated with Haliclona simulans isolated from Irish coastal waters. Mar. Biotechnol. 11: 540-547.

  • Isolation and analysis of bacteria with antimicrobial activities from the marine sponge Haliclona simulans isolated from Irish waters. Mar. Biotechnol. 11: 384-396.

  • Baker, P.W. and L.G. Leff. (2005) Attachment to stainless steel by Mir space station bacteria growing under modeled reduced gravity at varying nutrient conditions. Biofilms 2: 1-7.

  • Baker, P.W., K. Ito, and K. Watanabe. (2003) Marine prosthecate bacteria involved in the ennoblement of stainless steel. Environ. Microbiol. 5: 925-932.

  • Baker, P.W., H. Futamata, S. Harayama and K. Watanabe. (2001) Molecular diversity of pMMO and sMMO in a TCE-contaminated aquifer during bioremediation. FEMS Microb. Ecol. 38: 161-167.

  • Heuer, H., M. Kresk, P. Baker, K. Smalla and E.M.H. Wellington. (1997) Analysis of actinomycete communities by specific amplification of genes encoding 16S rRNA and gel electrophoretic separation in denaturing gradients. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 63: 3233-3241.

Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University