In January 2012, Andy was appointed Professor in Environmental Microbiology and in 2016 Distinguished Professor by 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.
He has held a number of key institutional/organisational roles at each university in which he has been employed over the past 30 years. At the University of Essex UK, Andy was Director of the Centre for Environment and Society. At Flinders University, he was appointed Director and Chairman of Flinders Bioremediation. At RMIT University, Andy established, as Director a new University Research Centre, Environment, Sustainability and Remediation and is currently Director of the ARC Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia's Biosolids Resource.
Andy has headed the Environmental Biotechnology Group now at RMIT University (previously based at Essex University and Flinders University) since 1995. Andy has a wealth of research and research and teaching expertise to RMIT University at an International level, particularly in the fields of bioremediation, organic waste treatment, and environmental fate of organic pollutants.
Andy has generated internationally acclaimed research outputs since 1985. He has over 300 peer reviewed publications cited 11,000 times in total, with an annual citation average above 1200 over the past 3 years with an h-index of 54 (Google) and 42 (Scopus). In addition, Andy has published 6 books (3 as author and 3 as editor) and written 42 book chapters. He has currently five provisional patents and one full patent. These metrics demonstrate his respected standing in the research community.
The three main research themes within his research group 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.
Andy has successfully completed the supervision of 68 PhD students and 8 Masters by Research students at RMIT University and Flinders and Essex Universities.
Teaching commitments include undergraduate and Masters courses in:
- Environmental Microbiology
- Environmental Biotechnology
- Ph.D. Liverpool University, Department of Genetics and Microbiology, Liverpool, UK, 1986
- B.Sc. (Hons.) Liverpool University, Department of Microbiology, Liverpool, UK, 1983
- SHAR, S.,Shahsavari, E.,Reith, F.,Alghamdi, O.,Yamani, H.,AlJudaibi, A.,Donner, E.,Vasileiadis, S.,Ball, A. (2021). Dose-related changes in respiration and enzymatic activities in soils amended with mobile platinum and gold In: Applied Soil Ecology, 157, 1 - 6
- Badhan, S.,Ball, A.,Mantri, N. (2021). First report of CRISPR/Cas9 mediated DNA-free editing of 4CL and RVE7 genes in chickpea protoplasts In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22, 1 - 15
- De Silva, S.,Ball, A.,Indrapala, D.,Reichman, S. (2021). Review of the interactions between vehicular emitted potentially toxic elements, roadside soils, and associated biota In: Chemosphere, 263, 1 - 13
- Shar, S.,Reith, F.,Ball, A.,Shahsavari, E. (2021). (In Press) Long-term Impact of Gold and Platinum on Microbial Diversity in Australian Soils In: Microbial Ecology, , 1 - 13
- Rani, A.,Daniel, V.,Surapaneni, A.,Shahsavari, E.,Haleyur, N.,Mantri, N.,Ball, A. (2021). Evaluation and comparison of recombinase polymerase amplification coupled with lateral-flow bioassay for Escherichia coli O157:H7 detection using different genes In: Scientific Reports, 11, 1 - 12
- Shahsavari, E.,Rouch, D.,Khudur, L.,Thomas, D.,Aburto Medina, A.,Ball, A. (2021). Challenges and Current Status of the Biological Treatment of PFAS-Contaminated Soils In: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 8, 1 - 15
- De Silva, M.,Ball, A.,Shahsavari, E.,Indrapala, D.,Reichman, S. (2021). The effects of vehicular emissions on the activity and diversity of the roadside soil microbial community In: Environmental Pollution, 277, 1 - 11
- Elliott, J.,Ball, A. (2021). Selection of industrial trade waste resource recovery technologies-A systematic review In: Resources, 10, 1 - 22
- Kassongo, J.,Shahsavari, E.,Ball, A. (2020). Co-Digestion of Grape Marc and Cheese Whey at High Total Solids Holds Potential for Sustained Bioenergy Generation In: Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 25, -
- Shahsavari, E.,Aburto Medina, A.,Khudur, L.,Ball, A. (2020). Are sterols useful for the identification of sources of faecal contamination in shellfish? A case study In: Water (Switzerland), 12, 1 - 14
11 PhD Current Supervisions16 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions
- ARC Training Centre for Transformation of Australia's Biosolids Resource. Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre 2018 onwards from (2020 to 2025)
- Single Particle Elemental Analysis � Imaging Mass Cytometer Facility (administered by University of Melbourne). Funded by: ARC LIEF via other University from (2020 to 2020)
- 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 2021)
- 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)