Project: Manipulation and modelling of microalgae for enhanced wastewater nutrient removal
Supervisors: Dr James Doughty and Dr Tom Arnot
Aidan began his studies for a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry (Bsc Hons) at the University of Bristol in 2010. In this time he took modules in microbiology, molecular biology, and pharmacology, with a final year focus on synthetic biology and biotechnology techniques. His undergraduate project focused on the application of bioinformatics techniques to finding the interactions between epithelial proteins in the nematode C. elegans. The project required the design and production of a variety of transgenic E. coli strains containing composite plasmids for both transformation of the worms and RNA interference studies. He graduated in 2013 with a 2:1.
Aidan joined the EPSRC-funded WISE CDT in 2015, and took modules in the postgraduate school focusing on wastewater management and modelling.
He began his PhD project in August 2016 at the University of Bath, working to improve and develop the function of High-rate algal ponds (HRAPs) as an alternative to traditional nutrient removal processes in wastewater treatment. Aidan has continued research into the algal phosphorus starvation responses, with the goal of developing better tools for modelling algal growth and nutrient uptake.
Outside of his PhD, Aidan is also interested in rock climbing, board games, and occasionally running.