In January 2012, Andy was appointed Professor in Environmental Microbiology at RMIT University. He started his career as a Research Fellow in Liverpool University, UK and more recently held the position of Reader at the University Of Essex, UK. In April 2005, Andy was appointed Chair of Environmental Biotechnology at Flinders University Professor Ball brings a wealth of research and research and teaching expertise to the University at an International level, particularly in the fields of bioremediation, organic waste treatment, and environmental fate of organic pollutants. He is a former Director of the Centre for Environment and Society, Essex University, UK and Chairman and Director of Flinders Bioremediation.
Professor Ball has generated internationally acclaimed research outputs since 1985. He has 110 peer reviewed publications cited 1710 times in total, with an annual citation average above 200 over the past 4 years. In addition Professor Ball has published 5 books (2 as author and 3 as editor) and written 34 book chapters. He has currently five provisional patents and one full patent.
The three main research themes within the Environmental Microbiology are:
- Understanding the role of microorganisms in the cycling of nutrients in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
- Studying the impact of anthropogenic activities on microbial activity and diversity in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
- Examining bioenergy production and assessing the suitability of these technologies for commercialisation.
- The first 2 areas focus on the influence of pollutants on the activity of the microbial population together with the biodegradation of pollutants in situ. Through collaborations the specific research areas within these two themes vary. Use is made of current technological developments in molecular microbiology environmental chemistry to investigate microbially driven environmental processes.
Teaching commitments include undergraduate and Masters courses in:
- Environmental Microbiology
- Environmental Biotechnology
- Cell Structure and Function
Successfully completed the supervision of 32 Ph.D students, 6 MSc students at RMIT University and Flinders and Essex Universities.
- Ph.D. Liverpool University, Liverpool, UK, 1986
- B.Sc. (Hons.) Liverpool University, Liverpool, UK, 1983
- Editor, Bioresource Technology (2012 - present)
- Associate Editor, Microbiology (2009 - present)
- Editorial Board, International Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (2004 - present)
- Australia India Strategic Research Fund Committee (2008 - present)
- International Society for Microbial Ecology (2006- present)
- Society for General Microbiology (1984- present)
- SHAR, S.,Reith, F.,Shahsavari, E.,Adetutu, E.,Nurulita, Y.,Alhothaly, K.,Haleyur, N.,Ball, A. (2019). Biomineralization of Platinum by Escherichia Coli In: Metals, 9, 1 - 8
- Khudur, L.,Shahsavari, E.,Webster, G.,Nugegoda, D.,Ball, A. (2019). The impact of lead co-contamination on ecotoxicity and the bacterial community during the bioremediation of total petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soils In: Environmental Pollution, 253, 939 - 948
- Xu, Y.,Shan, L.,Zhou, Y.,Xie, Z.,Ball, A.,Cao, W.,Liu, H. (2019). Development of a Cre-loxP-based genetic system in Aspergillus niger ATCC1015 and its application to construction of efficient organic acid-producing cell factories In: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 103, 8105 - 8114
- Haleyur, N.,Shahsavari, E.,Jain, S.,Koshlaf, E.,Daniel, V.,Morrison, P.,Osborn, A.,Ball, A. (2019). Influence of bioaugmentation and biostimulation on PAH degradation in aged contaminated soils: Response and dynamics of the bacterial community In: Journal of Environmental Management, 238, 49 - 58
- Pradhan, S.,Fan, L.,Roddick, F.,Shahsavari, E.,Ball, A.,Zhang, X. (2019). A comparative study of biological activated carbon based treatments on two different types of municipal reverse osmosis concentrates In: Chemosphere, 240, 1 - 10
- Lekam Ralalage, S.,Pereira Miranda, A.,Trestrail, C.,Pham, V.,Ball, A.,Shukla, R.,Nugegoda, D. (2019). The toxicity of non-aged and aged coated silver nanoparticles to freshwater alga Raphidocelis subcapitata In: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 38, 2371 - 2382
- Truskewycz, A.,Gundry, T.,Khudur, L.,Kolobaric, A.,Taha Elfouly, M.,Aburto Medina, A.,Ball, A.,Shahsavari, E. (2019). Petroleum hydrocarbon contamination in terrestrial ecosystems�fate and microbial responses In: Molecules, 24, 1 - 20
- Ravindran, V.,Soni, S.,Ball, A. (2019). A review on the current knowledge and prospects for the development of improved detection methods for soil-transmitted helminth ova for the safe reuse of wastewater and mitigation of public health risks In: Water, 11, 1 - 21
- Veluswamy, G.,Laycock, C.,Shah, K.,Ball, A.,Guwy, A.,Dinsdale, R. (2019). Biohythane as an energy feedstock for solid oxide fuel cells In: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44, 27896 - 27906
- Daniel, V.,Shahsavari, E.,Soni, S.,Ball, A. (2019). Viability determination of Ascaris ova in raw wastewater: a comparative evaluation of culture-based, BacLight Live/Dead staining and PMA-qPCR methods In: Water Science and Technology, 80, 817 - 826
- ARC Training Centre for Transformation of Australia's Biosolids Resource. Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre 2018 onwards from (2020 to 2025)
- Inhaled therapeutics for the treatment of childhood Tuberculosis with a next generation nebulisation platform. Funded by: Rebecca Cooper Medical Research Foundation Grant 2017 from (2018 to 2020)
- Recycling plastics in Asian city environments (RePLACE). Funded by: ProSPER.Net Joint Research Projects 2017 from (2018 to 2019)
- Innovative Biosolid reuse technologies for post mining restoration. Funded by: Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Primary Grant Stage 2 2018 from (2018 to 2019)
- A nanotechnology based paper strips assay for rapid detection of Childhood TB. Funded by: Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Primary Grant Stage 2 2018 from (2018 to 2019)
10 PhD Current Supervisions13 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions