Dr Jim Gilmour

School of Biosciences

Senior Lecturer in Microbiology

+44 114 222 4412

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Dr Jim Gilmour
School of Biosciences
Firth Court
Western Bank
S10 2TN

Career history

  • 1998 - Present: Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, University of Sheffield
  • 1985 - 1998: Lecturer in Microbiology, University of Sheffield
  • 1984 - 1985: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Liverpool
  • 1983 - 1984: NATO Research Scholarship, Universitat Wurzburg, West Germany
  • 1979 - 1982: PhD – University of Glasgow
  • 1975 - 1979: BSc (hons) First Class - University of Glasgow
Research interests

My initial training at PhD and postdoctoral level was in algal physiology and biochemistry using the extremophilic microalga Dunaliella to examine the effect of salt stress on photosynthesis.

On obtaining my lectureship at Sheffield, I continued to work with microalgae, but gradually I moved more into the field of bacterial growth in extreme environments. During the 1990s, I was Deputy Head of Department and Director of Undergraduate Studies, but I always maintained a research laboratory with at least one PhD student.

In 2000, I moved back into research and retrained in molecular biology techniques and since 2005, I have supervised 8 PhD students studying microbial biodiversity in extreme environments. I have recently started to adapt the molecular biodiversity techniques used for bacteria (16S rDNA sequencing, specialised gel electrophoresis methods) for use with microalgae.

My expertise in molecular biology techniques coupled with my long term experience of growing microalgae are the basis of my current research into biodiesel production by microalgae. I have collaborations with colleagues in the Engineering Faculty, in particular with Prof Will Zimmerman on using microbubbles to grow microalgae more efficiently.

Two further review papers are in press and we have received funding from the Technology Strategy Board (£150k) and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment (£33300).

Very recently, funding has been awarded by DECC to Carbon Sequestration Ltd as part of CCS Innovation programme and my laboratory will receive £35K of this award. The microalgal research group in my lab consists of six PhD students (four of whom are jointly supervised with colleagues in Engineering).