Isolation and Characterisation of Solventogenic Clostridial Strains from Renewable Sustainable Substrates – Celtic Renewables and Napier University

Dr Annie Cheung is passionate about fermentation. She starting her interest with an undergraduate degree in microbiology and delved further into the topic with a PhD in fermentation run by the University of Nottingham and the Scotch Whisky Research Institute. Annie then worked for a large brewer before moving back to academia with a post doc looking into the impacts of microbubbles on yeast fermentation in Sheffield. Annie was keen to gain more experience in bacterial fermentation and started her first IBioIC funded project with Napier University in 2017 looking at Clostridium, E. coli and yeast fermentation of sugars derived from food waste.

Annie first collaborated with Celtic Renewables on a project identifying Clostridium strains for pot ale and draff fermentation, and has continued this relationship on the new project working on isolating and optimising strain for potato fermentation. Annie feels well supported on the project from both her PI, Dr Julie Hawkins, and from Celtic Renewables. The team work very closely together, sharing lab equipment and office space.

Annie says that she likes to work on projects with direct applications and would like to stay in the lab working on applied research. Annie values industrial projects as she feels there is a high chance of seeing her research outcomes put into practice. She also feels that her industrial research has a practical value and she enjoys the fast pace of ideas in the industrial biotechnology sector.