UU Scientist Named Irish Microbiologist Of The Year
1st May 2003
A University of Ulster scientist has been chosen as Irish Microbiologist of the Year.
Dr Geoffrey McMullan, 35, who is Reader in the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, was awarded the accolade by the prestigious Royal Irish Academy.
A native of east Belfast, Dr McMullan has been with UU for nine years. His work focuses on the exploration of microorganisms useful in agriculture.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have been recognised in this way," said Dr McMullan, who is based at the Coleraine campus.
"It's the first time that this award has gone to a Northern Ireland university, so it's an important recognition of the quality of the research work carried out here by the team in the microbial biotechnology research group at Coleraine."
The prize is a specially struck medal awarded by the RIA. Dr McMullan will also deliver a lecture on his work in the RIA's headquarters in Dublin later this year.
Next up for the new Microbiologist of the Year is a project to examine a strange Irish micro-organism which only becomes active at 70 degrees Centigrade - a temperature hard to find on our chilly island.