Dr Anna Kaksonen

Group Leader

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Biography

Dr Anna Kaksonen leads the Industrial Biotechnology Group in the Industry Environments Program in CSIRO Land and Water. With her Group she develops biotechnological processes for environmental and industrial applications in the mining, energy, water supply, waste and wastewater treatment industries. Research topics of special interest have included: mining biotechnology (e.g. bioleaching, biooxidation, bioprecipitation, bioflotation), bioenergy, bioremediation of contaminated sites, waste/wastewater treatment and resource recovery, circular economy and mitigation of microbially caused problems such as biofouling, bioclogging and biocorrosion. She has also applied molecular and culture-based detection and monitoring approaches to microbial communities in natural and engineered environments, and isolated and described of novel microorganisms.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1999

    MSc (Major subject: Environmental Science and Policy, Minor subjects: Microbiology, Limnology, Soil and Environmental Chemistry, and Basic Development Studies)
    University of Helsinki

  • 2001

    MSc in Engineering (Major subject: Environmental Biotechnology, Minor subject: Water and Waste Engineering)
    Tampere University of Technology

  • 2004

    Doctor of Technology (Major subject: Environmental Biotechnology, Minor subject: Environmental Technology)
    Tampere University of Technology

  • 2008

    Teacher’s pedagogical qualification
    Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Teacher Education Centre, Finland

Professional Experiences

  • June 1999-August 1999

    Research Assistant
    Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  • September 1999-December 2004

    Researcher
    Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  • January 2005-April 2009

    Senior Researcher
    Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  • May 2009-September 2017

    Team Leader - Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology
    CSIRO

  • May 2009-2011

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO

  • September 2017-Present

    Group Leader - Industrial Biotechnology (Formerly called Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology)
    CSIRO

Achievements and Awards

  • 2000

    Award for best poster presentation
    The 4th Valamo Conference on Environmental Health and Risk Assessment 13-16.9.2000, Valamo monastery, Heinävesi, Finland

  • 2003-2004

    Best doctoral thesis in environmental sciences during the years 2003-2004 in Finland
    the Finnish Society for Environmental Science

  • 2004

    Best doctoral thesis in Technology in Finland in 2004
    Finnish Association of Graduate Engineers (Tekniikan Akateemisten Liitto, TEK) and Technical Association in Finland (Tekniska Förening in Finland, TFiF)

  • 2014

    Excellence in Research and Innovation Award for MARSUO - Managed Aquifer Recharge and Stormwater Use Options Research Project
    Stormwater Australia

Other highlights

  • 2001-2002

    Visiting Researcher at CSIRO (1.5 years)

  • 2003-2004

    Visiting Researcher at Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (DSMZ), Germany (3 months)

  • 2007-2007

    Microbiologist on the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 315 on Chikyu, scientific drilling vessel, Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone, offshore the Kii Peninsula in Japan (5 weeks)

  • 2007-2012

    Docent in Environmental Biotechnology, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  • 2008-2008

    Visiting Researcher at Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) (3 months)

  • 2009-2016

    Member of Science Committee of Australia-New Zealand Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Consortium (ANZIC)

  • 2011-Present

    Member of the International Scientific Committee of International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium

  • 2014-2016

    Guest Editor for Special Issue of Minerals: Advances in Biohydrometallurgy

  • 2014-Present

    Adjunct Research Associate at University of Western Australia

  • 2015-2016

    Guest Editor for International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium (IBS) 2015 Special Issue published in Hydrometallurgy

  • 2015-2018

    Member of Curtin Water Quality Research Centre Advisory Board

  • 2015-Present

    Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group)

  • 2015-Present

    Editorial Board Member for Minerals

  • 2016-2018

    Member of Inaugural CSIRO Land and Water Science Council

  • 2016-Present

    Editorial Board Member for Metals

  • 2017-Present

    Chair of the International Scientific Committee of International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium

  • 2017-Present

    Editorial Board Member for Microorganisms

  • 2017-2018

    Guest Editor for Special Issue of Microorganisms: Microorganisms for environmental and industrial applications

  • 2017-Present

    Chair of the Local Organising Committee for International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium to be held in Perth, Western Australia 2021

  • 2019-2020

    Guest Editor for a Collection in Scientific Reports: Synthetic Biology for Environmental and Industrial Applications

  • 2019-2020

    Guest Editor for International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium IBS2019 Special Issue published in Hydrometallurgy

  • 2020-Present

    Section Editor in Chief of Minerals for Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry section

  • 2020-Present

    Guest editor for Minerals Special Issue "10th Anniversary of Minerals: Frontiers of Mineral Science

Publications

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