Professor Mark Osborn is the Associate Dean of the Biosciences and Food Technology Discipline in the School of Science. His research and teaching expertise spans a breadth of topics across environment
Professor Osborn joined RMIT University in December 2013, originally as an Associate Professor, prior to promotion to Professor with effect from 1st January 2017. Mark was appointed as the Associate Dean for Biosciences and Food Technology, in the School of Science in October 2016.
Prior to joining RMIT, he held academic positions (including Professorial positions) in several UK universities, with prior postdoctoral positions in Germany and the UK:
- Professor of Biotechnology (University of Lincoln, UK 2012-2013, including service as Director of Research for the College of Science)
- Professor of Biological Sciences (University of Hull, UK 2010-2012, including service as Deputy Head of the Department of Biological Sciences)
- Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology (University of Sheffield, UK, 2005-2010, including service as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences)
- 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)
Learning and Teaching activities
Mark has extensive teaching experience and interests across a range of subjects including Microbiology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Environmental Science and Ecology. Further details are available under key activities.
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 in particular to understand how human activity impacts upon microbial processes and in turn how microorganisms respond to and mitigate against environmental pollution.
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 published 90 peer-reviewed publications, cited over 7,700 times in total. He has an H' index of 39 (Google Scholar). A full publication list is available on Mark 's Google Scholar account,
Mark is the principal editor of a textbook on Molecular Microbial Ecology:
- Osborn, AM & Smith, CJ (2005) Molecular Microbial Ecology. Taylor and Francis, Abingdon, UK. 381pp.
Professor Osborn is responsible for leading the academic and research staff teams within the Biosciences and Food Technology Discipline, which delivers over 80 Biosciences, Environmental Science and Food Technology courses via face to face delivery and a further 19 Open Universities Australia courses.
Mark leads a team of 10 researchers studying the structure, composition and function of microbial communities (microbiomes) within natural and built environments. Current research projects focus on pollution microbiology (plastics, bioplastics and hydrocarbons), drinking water microbiology, antibiotic resistance in aquatic and built environments, groundwater microbiology and food (meat and dairy) microbiology.
In Learning and Teaching, Mark coordinates and delivers the BIOL2256 Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics course and delivers microbiology teaching for the first half of the semester for ONPS2555 Introduction to Microbiology for Food and Nutrition.
From 2014-2017 inclusive, he also coordinated and led teaching of BIOL2324/BIOL2370 Environmental Biotechnology and of PROC2048 Biochemical Engineering.
Environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology, molecular and microbial ecology and molecular biology.
- Ph.D. in Genetics and Microbiology, University of Liverpool, UK, 1996
- 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
- Haleyur Seetharam, N.,Shahsavari, E.,Taha Elfouly, M.,Khudur, L.,Koshlaf, E.,Osborn, M.,Ball, A. (2018). Assessing the degradation efficacy of native PAH-degrading bacteria from aged, weathered soils in an Australian former gasworks site In: Geoderma, 321, 110 - 117
- Afshari, R.,Pillidge, C.,Dias, D.,Osborn, M.,Gill, H. (2018). Cheesomics: the future pathway to understanding cheese flavour and quality In: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, , 1 - 15
- 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.,Lerch, T.,Phoenix, G.,Osborn, A. (2015). Arctic soil microbial diversity in a changing world In: Research in Microbiology, 166, 796 - 813
- Spark Eichenbaum, A.,O'Keefe, D.,Cole, I.,Osborn, A.,Law, D.,Ward, L. (2015). A case study of a corroded cast iron water main on Bridge Road, Richmond In: Proceedings of the Australasian Corrosion Association 2015 Annual Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 15-18 November 2015
- 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)
11 PhD Current Supervisions