Fiona Stainsby

Fiona Stainsby

Dr Fiona Stainsby

Senior Lecturer

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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

 

Conference/Workshop

  • 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

 

Reviewing

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

 

Date


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Bendigoles A~C, New Steroids from Gordonia australis Acta 2299†

Journal Article
Schneider, K., Graf, E., Irran, E., Nicholson, G., Stainsby, F. M., Goodfellow, M., …Fiedler, H. (2008)
Bendigoles A~C, New Steroids from Gordonia australis Acta 2299†. Journal of antibiotics. 61(6), 356-364. doi:10.1038/ja.2008.50. ISSN 0021-8820
Bendigoles A~C are the first secondary metabolites to be isolated from a member of the actinomycete genus Gordonia. They were detected in a culture filtrate extract of Gordoni...

Gordonia defluvii sp. nov., an actinomycete isolated from activated sludge foam.

Journal Article
Soddell, J. A., Stainsby, F. M., Eales, K. L., Seviour, R. J. & Goodfellow, M. (2006)
Gordonia defluvii sp. nov., an actinomycete isolated from activated sludge foam. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 56, 2265-2269. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.64034-0. ISSN 14665034
Three strains of non-motile, Gram-positive, filamentous actinomycetes, isolates J4T, J5 and J59, initially recognized microscopically in activated sludge foam by their distinc...

Millisia brevis gen. nov., sp. nov., an actinomycete isolated from activated sludge foam.

Journal Article
Soddell, J. A., Stainsby, F. M., Eales, K. L., Kroppenstedt, R. M., Seviour, R. J. & Goodfellow, M. (2006)
Millisia brevis gen. nov., sp. nov., an actinomycete isolated from activated sludge foam. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 56, 739-744. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.63855-0. ISSN 1466-5026
The taxonomic position of two mycolic-acid-producing actinomycetes, isolates J81T and J82, which were recovered from activated sludge foam, was clarified. Comparative 16S rRNA...

Partitioning and Bioavailability

Book
Philp, J., Stainsby, F., & Dunbar, S. (2005)
Partitioning and Bioavailability. In Water encyclopediaHoboken, N.J: Wiley. doi:10.1002/047147844x.pc441
As soon as a chemical is spilled it becomes a pollutant, but the fate of that pollutant depends to a large degree on its chemistry, which determines how it will partition to v...

Gordonia sinesedis sp. nov., a novel soil isolate.

Journal Article
Maldonado, L. A., Stainsby, F. M., Ward, A. C. & Goodfellow, M. (2003)
Gordonia sinesedis sp. nov., a novel soil isolate. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 83, 75-80. doi:10.1023/A:1022918102948. ISSN 0003-6072
The taxonomic position of an actinomycete isolated from soil was evaluated using a polyphasic approach. The organism, strain J72, was found to have chemical and morphological ...

Dispelling the "Nocardia amarae" myth: a phylogenetic and phenotypic study of mycolic acid-containing actinomycetes isolated from activated sludge foam.

Journal Article
Stainsby, F. M., Soddell, J. A., Seviour, R. J., Upton, J. & Goodfellow, M. (2002)
Dispelling the "Nocardia amarae" myth: a phylogenetic and phenotypic study of mycolic acid-containing actinomycetes isolated from activated sludge foam. Water Science and Technology. 46, 81-90. ISSN 0273-1223
Right-angle branched filaments and rods micromanipulated from activated sludge foam and mixed liquor were identified as putatively novel members of the genera Gordonia, Mycoba...

Quantitative Use of Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization To Examine Relationships between Mycolic Acid-Containing Actinomycetes and Foaming in Activated Sludge Plants

Journal Article
Davenport, R. J., Curtis, T. P., Goodfellow, M., Stainsby, F. M., & Bingley, M. (2000)
Quantitative Use of Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization To Examine Relationships between Mycolic Acid-Containing Actinomycetes and Foaming in Activated Sludge Plants. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 66(3), 1158-1166. https://doi.org/10.1128/aem.66.3.1158-1166.2000
The formation of viscous foams on aeration basins and secondary clarifiers of activated sludge plants is a common and widespread problem. Foam formation is often attributed to...

Activated sludge foaming: The true extent of actinomycete diversity

Journal Article
Goodfellow, M., Stainsby, F., Davenport, R., Chun, J., & Curtis, T. (1998)
Activated sludge foaming: The true extent of actinomycete diversity. Water Science and Technology, 37(4-5), (511-519). doi:10.1016/s0273-1223(98)00153-x. ISSN 0273-1223
Isolates from activated sludge foam were provisionally assigned to the genera Gordona and Tsukamurella on the basis of colony morphology and pigmentation. Representatives of t...

Actinomycete diversity associated with foaming in activated sludge plants

Journal Article
Goodfellow, M., Davenport, R., Stainsby, F. M., & Curtis, T. P. (1996)
Actinomycete diversity associated with foaming in activated sludge plants. Journal of industrial microbiology, 17(3-4), 268-280. https://doi.org/10.1007/bf01574701
Large numbers of mycolic acid-containing actinomycetes were isolated from foam and scum samples taken from three activated-sludge sewage-treatment plants using several selecti...

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