Donald Morrison

Donald Morrison

Dr Donald Morrison



Prior to my present post as lecturer in Microbiology at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) I worked for 21 years as a Clinical Scientist/Microbiologist in public health and medical microbiology laboratories (Health Protection Agency, London and Scottish MRSA Reference Laboratory,Glasgow). In addition to my lecturer role at ENU I am module leader on overseas programs in Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.

Antibiotic resistant pathogens (ESBL and carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, VRE and MRSA) both in the hospital and the natural environment have formed the basis of my research activities. My recent research has focused on assessing the prevalence and distribution of antibiotic resistant pathogens in environment "hotspots" such as wastewater treatment plants, landfill sites and agricultural lands. In addition, I am investigating the contribution of rivers, coastal waters, food (meat, vegetables, fruit) and wild animals in the dissemination of these antimicrobial resistance pathogens from the environment to the human population.

Research Groups



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Microbiome and mobile antibiotic resistome in treated wastewater and in downstream environments (NEREUS COST ACTION ES1403)


Conference Activity

  • SEFARI - Antimicrobials and Food production: Should we be worried?
  • NERC-EMHH Environmental Microbiological Risk Symposium
  • 7th Annual Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Symposium
  • St Abbs Marine Research Station Sandpit meeting
  • SfAM - AMR: Meeting the Challenge: Antimicrobial Resistance in Wastewater
  • CARS - AMR in environment workshop
  • Methods for detecting and quantifying antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes in the environment
  • Environmental Chemistry and a Non-Toxic Environment
  • Scottish Health Protection Symposium
  • Scottish AMR Research Consortium
  • Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance Conference
  • SGM Annual Conference (2015)
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Meeting Prevention, containment, control
  • Staphylococcus GBI 2015
  • Water, water everywhere but is it safe?
  • Antimicrobial Resistance, Diagnostics and Drug Discovery


Invited Speaker

  • The Environment's Contribution to the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis
  • The role of wildlife in the transmission of AMR in the environment


Research Degree External Examining

  • Improving the molecular diagnoses of patients with community acquired pneumonia


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