Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2016
    Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology, University of Edinburgh

  • 2012 – 2016
    Lecturer in Biotechnology, University of Edinburgh

  • 2010 – 2012
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Glasgow

  • 2007 – 2010
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Leeds

  • 2007
    Doctorat en Sciences (Plus Grande Distinction), Université de Liège

  • 2004
    DEA en Sciences (Grande Distinction), Université de Liège

  • 2002
    MChem Hons (2:1) Chemistry, University of Oxford

Selected publications

  • Edmundson M, Capeness M and Horsfall LE. (2014) Exploring the potential of metallic nanoparticles within synthetic biology. N. Biotechnol. 25;31(6):572-578.

  • Pantidos N, Horsfall LE. (2014) Biological synthesis of metallic nanoparticles by bacteria, fungi and plants. J. Nanomed. Nanotechnol. 9;5(5):233

  • Furukawa T, Bello FO, Horsfall L. (2014) Microbial enzyme systems for lignin degradation and their transcriptional regulation. Front. Biol. 9(6):448-471

  • Capeness MJ, Edmundson MC, Horsfall LE. (2015) Nickel and platinum group metal nanoparticle production by Desulfovibrio alaskensis G20. N. Biotechnol. 32(6):727-731.

  • Edmundson MC, Horsfall LE. (2015) Construction of a modular arsenic resistance operon in E. coli and the production of arsenic nanoparticles. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 3:160.

  • Cueva ME, Horsfall LE. (2017) The contribution of microbially produced nanoparticles to sustainable development goals. Microb Biotechnol. doi:10.1111/1751-7915.12788.

  • Pantidos N, Edmundson MC, and Horsfall LE. (2017) Room-temperature bio-production, isolation and anti-microbial properties of stable elemental copper nanoparticles. N. Biotechnol. doi: 10.1016/j.nbt.2017.10.002.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Biochemical Society, since 2008

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, elected 2010

  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology, elected 2014

  • Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland, elected 2016

  • Elected Co-Chair of the Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section of the European Federation of Biotechnology, since 2013

Media coverage

  • BBC Radio 4 Today Show; live interview with John Humphries on Future Technologies (2015)

  • BBC Radio Ulster Talkback; live interview with William Crawley on Future Technologies (2015)

    Research included in BBC News feature article “Can technology help tackle the world’s waste crisis?” (2015)

  • BBC Radio Scotland Breakfast Show live interview ‘Cleaning Land for Wealth’ project (2013)

  • Articles describing the ‘Cleaning Land for Wealth’ project in the media (2013):

  • The Bolton News, Lancashire Telegraph, The Western Daily Press, The Herald, The Scotsman, The Daily Record, The Metro, The Press and Journal, The Eastern Daily Press, The Northern Echo, The Yorkshire Post, The Daily Telegraph, NBC News, Nanowerk, Azonano, Motley Fool, Press Trust of India, Eurekalert, Nanotechnology Weekly, Life Science Weekly,, Special Broadcasting Service, The Daily Telegraph (Australia), PerthNow.


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