Associate Professor Mark Osborn leads the 'Microbial Life’ research group. His research and teaching expertise spans a breadth of topics across environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology, molecular and microbial ecology and molecular biology.
Mark joined the School of Applied Sciences at RMIT University in December 2013 as an Associate Professor in Biotechnology.
Prior to joining RMIT, he held academic positions in several UK universities, with prior postdoctoral positions in Germany and the UK:
- Professor of Biotechnology (University of Lincoln, UK 2012-2013)
- Professor of Biological Sciences (University of Hull, UK 2010-2012)
- Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology (University of Sheffield, UK, 2005-2010)
- Lecturer in Microbiology (University of Essex, UK, 1999-2004)
- Postdoctoral Research Scientist (GBF National Research Centre for Biotechnology, Braunschweig, Germany, 1998-1999)
- Postdoctoral Research Associate (University of Liverpool, 1995-1998)
Mark brings to RMIT a wealth of research and teaching expertise spanning a breadth of topics across environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology, molecular and microbial ecology and molecular biology. Mark also has extensive academic leadership and management experience having previously served as Director of Research for the College of Science (University of Lincoln), as Deputy Head of the Department of Biological Sciences (University of Hull) and as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences (University of Sheffield).
Mark’s ’Microbial Life’ research group aims to understand the role, function and ecology of microorganisms within natural and man-made terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments and to develop and apply microbial biotechnology products and processes for the benefit of mankind and the environment.
Recent and current research activities focus on:
- Aquatic and Microbial Biogeochemical Cycling (Benthic Nitrogen Cycling, Ocean Acidification and Bioturbation)
- Pollution Microbiology (Marine Plastics, Hydrocarbons and Heavy Metals)
- Agricultural Soil Microbiology (Soil Health and Plant Pathogens)
- Drinking Water Microbiology
- Polar Microbiology
- Antibiotic Resistance and Horizontal Gene transfer
If you are interested in joining Mark’s research group as either a postdoctoral researcher or as a Ph.D. or M.Sc. student, please get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mark has extensive teaching experience and interests across a range of subjects including Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Environmental Science and Ecology
Mark is the principal editor of a textbook on Molecular Microbial Ecology and written seven book chapters:
- Osborn, AM & Smith, CJ (2005) Molecular Microbial Ecology. Taylor and Francis, Abingdon, UK. 381pp.
He has published 59 peer-reviewed publications, cited over 2800 times in total, with an annual citation average over 300 for each of the last 3 years. He has an H’ index of 29 (Thomson Reuters ISI).
A full publication list is available on Mark ’s Google Scholar account
Environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology, molecular and microbial ecology and molecular biology.
- Ph.D. in Genetics and Microbiology, University of Liverpool, UK, 1995
- B.Sc. (Hons.) in Genetics and Microbiology, University of Sheffield, UK, 1990
- Editor of Plasmid (2003-07)
- Associate Editor for BMC Microbiology (2010-)
- Member of the Editorial Board for Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2005-)
- Member of the Editorial Board of the ISME Journal (2010-)
- Member of the UK Natural Environmental Research Council Peer Review College (2005-08 and (2012-13)
- Member of the Prokaryotic Division Committee (2008-2010) and the Environmental Microbiology Group Committee (2005-2008) of the Society for General Microbiology
- Fish, K.,Osborn, A.,Boxall, J. (2017). Biofilm structures (EPS and bacterial communities) in drinking water distribution systems are conditioned by hydraulics and influence discolouration In: Science of the Total Environment, 593-594, 571 - 580
- Choudhary, S.,Blaud, A.,Osborn, A.,Press, M.,Phoenix, G. (2016). Nitrogen accumulation and partitioning in a high arctic tundra ecosystem from extreme atmospheric N deposition events In: Science of the Total Environment, 554-555, 303 - 310
- Fish, K.,Osborn, A.,Boxall, J. (2016). Characterising and understanding the impact of microbial biofilms and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix in drinking water distribution systems In: Environmental Science Water Research and Technology, 2, 614 - 630
- Jensen, H.,Sekar, R.,Shepherd, W.,Osborn, A.,Tait, S.,Biggs, C. (2016). Spatial and temporal variability of bacterial communities within a combined sewer system In: Microbiology Open, 5, 616 - 625
- HALEYUR, N.,Shahsavari, E.,Mansour, A.,Koshlaf, E.,Morrison, P.,Osborn, A.,Ball, A. (2016). Comparison of rapid solvent extraction systems for the GC-MS/MS characterization of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aged, contaminated soil In: MethodsX, 3, 364 - 370
- Oberbeckmann, S.,Osborn, A.,Duhaime, M. (2016). Microbes on a bottle: Substrate, season and geography influence community composition of microbes colonizing marine plastic debris In: PL o S One, 11, 1 - 24
- Blaud, A.,Phoenix, G.,Osborn, A. (2015). Variation in bacterial, archaeal and fungal community structure and abundance in high arctic tundra soil In: Polar Biology, 38, 1009 - 1024
- Fish, K.,Collins, R.,Green, N.,Sharpe, R.,Douterelo, I.,Osborn, A.,Boxall, J. (2015). Characterisation of the physical composition and microbial community structure of biofilms within a model full-scale drinking water distribution system In: PLoS ONE, 10, 3209 - 3212
- Smith, C.,Dong, L.,Wilson, J.,Stott, A.,Osborn, A.,Nedwell, D. (2015). Seasonal variation in denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonia process rates and corresponding key functional genes along an estuarine nitrate gradient In: Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, 1 - 11
- Blaud, A.,Lerch, T.,Phoenix, G.,Osborn, A. (2015). Arctic soil microbial diversity in a changing world In: Research in Microbiology, 166, 796 - 813
- Microplastic Pollution in River and Marine Sediments across the Port Phillip Bay Catchment. Funded by: Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Innovation Grants 2015 from (2016 to 2017)
- Impacts of Plastic Pollutants on Seabirds. Funded by: Seaworld Research and Rescue Foundation Grant 2014 from (2015 to 2016)
9 PhD Current Supervisions