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Prof Andy Whiteley

Research Director


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Andy has enjoyed a full and varied career over his 30 years spent in the natural sciences. Originally obtaining a degree and Ph.D. in marine biology, he then journeyed through the development of molecular biology, genomic and biotechnological solutions for the natural environment, including environmental monitoring, protection and clean up. More recently his work has focussed on the democratisation of science approaches through Citizen Science projects and developing environmental solutions using 3D bioprinting.

With a range of skills in science and an eye for commercial solutions, his work has spanned the globe. A large portion of Andy's career has been spent at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Oxford developing a range of molecular based technologies for environmental research. These include large scale monitoring strategies for the microbial biodiversity within UK soils through to biosensing reagents for toxic discharges, buried munitions and plant stress responses. In 2011 he relocated to Western Australia as the 10th Premier's Fellow. His work in Australia has focussed on biotechnological approaches to mine site rehabilitation and developing advanced level Biotechnology courses with an equal focus on both science and business training.

Andy has always been a passionate communicator of science and a life long advocate for inspiring the next generation of scientists. His work in this area includes the world's first soil sampling Citizen Science program 'MicroBlitz' to decode the West Australian soil microbiome as well as collaborating with Nobel Laureate Prof. Barry Marshall to mentor emerging science leaders within the Barry Marshall-MicroBlitz Internship.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1990

    B.Sc. (Hons)
    University of Plymouth

  • 1995

    Doctor of Philosophy
    NERC Plymouth Marine Laboratory / University of Southampton

Achievements and Awards

  • 2000-2000

    Innovation Award: BioMATE
    UK Dept. Trade & Industry Award

  • 2005-2012

    Visiting Professor
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

  • 2012-2016

    10th West Australian Premier's Fellow
    Dept. Premier & Cabinet

  • 2012-2015

    Visiting Scholar
    University of Vienna

  • 2014-2016

    Distinguished Professor
    Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • 2016-2019

    High End Foreign Expert
    Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • 2019-2019

    Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Work Integrated Learning
    University of Western Australia

Current Roles

  • Research Director
    Industry Environments

Professional Experiences

  • 1995-1998

    Research Associate
    University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

  • 1998-2012

    Higher to Principal Scientific Officer
    Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Oxford

  • 2012-2016

    10th Premier's Fellow
    Dept. Premier & Cabinet WA and The University of Western Australia

  • 2016-2020

    Winthrop Professor of Microbial Ecology
    The University of Western Australia

  • 2020--

    Research Director: Industry Environments
    CSIRO Land & Water

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