Queen's University, Belfast

Current Position Lecturer in Microbiology
Previous Position Research Fellow
Telephone +44 (0)2890976199
Email j.megaw@qub.ac.uk
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity
Methods I Use Omics and Informatics


Key Research Interests

  • Environmental distribution and functionality of archaea
  • Interspecies and interdomain interactions in microorganisms
  • Microbial stress responses
  • Discovery of functional genes in archaea
  • Biofilm formation, structure, and function

Recent Key Papers

  • Megaw, J., Kelly, S.A., Thompson, T.P., Skvortsov, T., and Gilmore, B.F. (2019). Profiling the microbial community of a Triassic halite deposit in Northern Ireland: an environment with significant potential for biodiscovery. FEMS Microbiology Letters 366, fnz242
  • Kelly, S.A., Magill, D.J., Megaw, J., Skvortsov, T., Allers, T., McGrath, J.W., Allen, C.C.R., Moody, T.S., and Gilmore, B.F. (2019). Characterisation of a solvent-tolerant haloarchaeal (R)-selective transaminase isolated from a Triassic period salt mine. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 103, 5727–5737
  • Megaw, J. and Gilmore, B.F. (2017). Archaeal persisters: persister cell formation as a stress response in Haloferax volcanii. Frontiers in Microbiology 8:1589

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Antimicrobial Production and Tolerance in Halophilic Archaea
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Kyle Lowry: Profiling The Global Responses Of Archaea To Diverse Environmental Influences