Fiona Stainsby

Fiona Stainsby

Dr Fiona Stainsby

Senior Lecturer


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Expert consultant on microbially-mediated process issues in anaerobic digestion and activated sludge wastewater treatment processes. Reporting to Head of Veolia Water UK and General Manager, Biorefinery Offering, Veolia Outsourcing Ltd. Scotland.


Conference Activity

  • Co-organised the Industrial Microbiology conference and trade exhibition as Corporate/Industrial Liaison Officer of the Scottish Microbiology Society hosted at Napier University, April 2007. Event was attended by leading academics, industrialists, and gov



  • Co-organised the high profile launch event of the Biofuel Research Centre at Napier University Craighouse and business dinner at The George Hotel, Dec 2007. The event was hosted by Principal of Napier University and attended by the Secretary of State for


External Examining/Validations

  • Module Examiner at Northumbria University (2011 – 2016).Responsibility for modules (levels 5/6/7) delivered on B.Sc. Biology, Forensics and Food & Nutritional Sciences programmes and on overseas ventures in Hong Kong and Singapore. Annually attended the
  • Ph.D. Examiner. Candidate: Porntipa Aiemsum-ang. “Isolation, systematics and screening of members of the Streptomyces violaceusniger 16S rRNA gene clade”. (2009). Newcastle University.


Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Invited Speaker

  • Stainsby, F.M. & Goodfellow, M. Dispelling the Nocardia amarae myth: A phylogenetic and phenotypic study of mycolic acid-containing actinomycetes isolated from activated sludge foam. 3rd International Water Association specialised conference: microorgani
  • Stainsby, F.M., Davenport, R., Curtis, T.C. & Goodfellow, M. Actinomycete diversity associated with foaming in activated sludge plants. International Association on Water Quality: Microorganisms Conference, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. Jul 1
  • Stainsby, F.M. & O’Donnell, A.G. What role for the bacterial phylum Acidobacterium/Holophaga in the rhizosphere of Brassica napus? BBSRC-Biological Interactions in the Root Environment Workshop, Oxfordshire. 2002. (Oral presentation).


Public Engagement Activity

  • “From Muck to Brass: Exploiting microorganisms as a natural resource”. Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) for Britain competition, House of Commons, London (2000). Selected to represent Newcastle University, Dept. Agriculture & Environmental Scienc
  • Numerous networking events and exhibitions in central Scotland to promote the academic talent and knowledge transfer potential in microbiology and biotechnology at ENU (2007 – 2014) including, for example, Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioI



  • Invited manuscript reviewer (ad hoc) for Nanotoxicology and International Journal for Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.


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