New Lecturer Research Grant

For newly appointed lecturers, in their first permanent academic appointment in a higher education institute, to pump-prime their microbiological research.

The New Lecturer Research Grant is Applied Microbiology International's most popular and competitive grant. The grant is available for newly appointed lecturers, in their first permanent academic appointment in a higher education institute and can be used to pump-prime their microbiological research.

The New Lecturer Research Grant opens on 10 January 2024.

In 2022, Applied Microbiology International had a record number of applications for the New Lecturer Research Grant, and was able to award three outstanding scientists.

Tosin Somorin, University of Strathclyde

Decarbonising wastewater sludge treatment (de-waste): understanding carbon enrichment and simultaneous nutrient balancing and recovery in partially digested solids.


Tosin Somorin

Dr Tosin Somorin is a Chancellor Fellow and Lecturer in Energy at the University of Strathclyde. She holds a Ph.D. in Gas Turbine Engineering with a specialisation in sustainable biofuels, along with degrees in microbiology and biotechnology. Her research focuses on energy and environmental engineering, with emphasis on sustainable conversion of waste to value-added products; and integrated bio-processes and energy technologies. This research area addresses global energy inequalities and waste problems, contributing to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and key strategic areas of focus for Applied Microbiology International.

Maitreyi Shivkumar, De Montford University

Investigation of norovirus disinfection using a novel catalyst.


Maitreyi Shivkumar

Dr Maitreyi Shivkumar is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology in the School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge on host entry and dissemination of herpesviruses in mouse models. Following this, she was a post-doc at University College London studying HIV-1 spread between T cells, before joining De Montfort University in 2019. Her research interests are in understanding host-pathogen interactions, with a focus on virology.

Stephen Kelly, Queens University Belfast

From discovery to application: exploiting the microbiomes of extreme environments for use in microbial biotechnology.


Stephen Kelly

Dr Stephen Kelly is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Microbiomics. His research is centred on microbiome analysis and functional exploitation for pharmaceutical and healthcare applications. His interests include the exploitation of microbiomes from extreme environments for the production of biocatalytic enzymes for the pharmaceutical industry, as well as microbiome monitoring of clinical environments to improve healthcare outcomes.