Prof Elizabeth Watkin
Elizabeth is Professor of Microbiology in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University. The overarching theme of her research is the microbial ecology of environmental systems and covers the fields of mining biotechnology and mineral resource recovery, microbial induced corrosion, microbial fouling of water (particularly within mining systems) . Her research team investigates biotechnological processes for environmental and industrial applications and approaches to mitigate microbially caused problems such as biocorrosion, biofouling and bioclogging. She has industry contacts with a number of mining companies and has conducted contract research for Bioheap Ltd, Fortescue Metals Group, Roc Oil Co Ltd and has undertaken research on the microbial fouling of water bores with the Water Corporation.