Dr. James McDonald

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Welcome to my lab homepage. I never cease to be fascinated by the impact that microbes have on our lives and our planet, both positive and negative, and consequently my research interests are diverse, but broadly involve the application of molecular biological and ‘omics’ techniques to characterise the ecology of both individual microorganisms and microbiomes. I also like to isolate and cultivate new microbes too....


The main research themes covered by my group are:

(i) Lignocellulose-degrading microorganisms for biofuels and biotechnology.

(ii) The impact of human microbial pathogens on recreational and shellfish waters.

(iii) The role of the oak microbiome in Acute Oak Decline. 


I joined the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University in 2010 after studying for a BSc in Microbiology at the University of Manchester, including an industrial placement with the Forensic Science Service, and a PhD in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Liverpool. I obtained my PostGraduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2013 (Bangor University), and am passionate about teaching and promoting the public understanding of science; particularly microbiology!

Senior Lecturer in

Environmental Microbiology,

Director of Graduate Studies.


F6 Memorial Building

School of Biological Sciences

Bangor University

Deiniol Road, Bangor,

Gwynedd, LL57 2UW, UK.  


Tel: +44 (0) 1248 383077 

E-mail: j.mcdonald@bangor.ac.uk