Queen's University, Belfast

Current Position Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology
Previous Position Research Fellow
Telephone 02890976423
Email j.chin@qub.ac.uk
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Omics and Informatics


Key Research Interests

  • Microbial nutrient transformations and storage, especially phosphorus
  • Microbial stress resilience
  • Nutrient sustainability and recycling
  • Waste treatment and seeing waste as a resource
  • Microbial ecology

Recent Key Papers

  • The potential for polyphosphate metabolism in Archaea and anaerobic polyphosphate formation in Methanosarcina mazei. F. S. Paula, J. P. Chin, A. Schnürer, B. Müller, P. Manesiotis, N. Waters, K. A. Macintosh, J. P. Quinn, J. Connolly, F. Abram, J. W. McGrath & V. O’Flaherty. Scientific reports 2019, 9, 17101.
  • Transforming phosphorus use on the island of Ireland: A model for a sustainable system. A. Macintosh, J. Chin, B. Jacobs, D. Cordell, R. W. McDowell, P. Butler, P. M. Haygarth, P. Williams, J. P. Quinn, V. O’Flaherty, J. W. McGrath.  Science of the Total Environment 2019, 656, 852-861.
  • Phosphate insensitive aminophosphonate mineralisation within oceanic nutrient cycles. Chin, J. P. Quinn, J. W. McGrath.  The ISME Journal, 2018, 12, 973-980.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Novel approaches to avoid spoilage of silage: minimizing fungal and bacterial spoilage and pathogenic bacteria
  • Microbial phosphonate cycling: greenhouse gasses to waterborne weedkillers