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Dr Theresia Ralebitso Senior

Dr Theresia Ralebitso Senior

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Biography

Currently, I am Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science. As a research active academic, I engender and practise research-led teaching across all levels of learning in Higher Education.

To date, I have held: post-doctoral positions at the BioMEMS Laboratory of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Oxford (now Walingford); and a Senior Lectureship in Molecular Biology at Teesside University.

My transdisciplinary research interests, which have also been informed by industrial links, are in applying molecular microbial ecology techniques for forensic diagnostics of ecosystems that are impacted by decomposition, biochar, pollutants and waste products. Key example contexts include: forensic ecogenomics, biochar-based bioremediation, biofiltration and N-cycling; anaerobic digestion; and wastewater treatment.

Languages

Sotho, Southern

Degrees

2002, University of Natal, South Africa, PhD
1998, University of Natal, South Africa, BSc(Hons), Environmental Microbiology
1992, Queens College of The City University of New York, United States, BA Biology, Pre-Medical

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology, School of Science, Engineering and Design, Teesside University, 2006 - 2018

Postgraduate training

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, United Kingdom, Teesside University, ? - present

Publications

Journal Articles

Olakanye AO, Nelson A, Ralebitso-Senior TK. 2017. A comparative in situ decomposition study using still born piglets and leaf litter from a deciduous forest FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 276 :85-92 >DOI >Link

Hesham AE-L, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Zhang Y, Li QX. 2015. Environmental Biotechnology: Current Advances, New Knowledge Gaps, and Emerging Issues BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL, >DOI >Link

Olakanye AO, Thompson T, Ralebitso-Senior TK. 2015. Shifts in soil biodiversity-A forensic comparison between Sus scrofa domesticus and vegetation decomposition SCIENCE & JUSTICE, 55 :402-407 >DOI >Link

Chimutsa M, Olakanye AO, Thompson TJU, Ralebitso-Senior TK. 2015. Soil fungal community shift evaluation as a potential cadaver decomposition indicator FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 257 :155-159 >DOI >Link

Bergmann RC, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Thompson TJU. 2014. An RNA-based analysis of changes in biodiversity indices in response to Sus scrofa domesticus decomposition FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 241 :190-194 >DOI >Link

Olakanye AO, Thompson T, Ralebitso-Senior TK. 2014. Changes to soil bacterial profiles as a result of Sus scrofa domesticus decomposition FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 245 :101-106 >DOI >Link

Ennis CJ, Evans AG, Islam M, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Senior E. 2012. Biochar: Carbon Sequestration, Land Remediation, and Impacts on Soil Microbiology CRITICAL REVIEWS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 42 :2311-2364 >DOI >Link

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Senior E, Di Felice R, Jarvis K. 2012. Waste Gas Biofiltration: Advances and Limitations of Current Approaches in Microbiology ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 46 :8542-8573 >DOI >Link

Dawson JJC, Godsiffe EJ, Thompson IP, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Killham KS, Paton GI. 2007. Application of biological indicators to assess recovery of hydrocarbon impacted soils SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 39 :164-177 >DOI >Link

Ralebitso TK, Yamazoe A, Roling WFM, Braster M, Senior E, van Verseveld HW. 2003. Insights into bacterial associations catabolizing atrazine by culture-dependent and molecular approaches WORLD JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGY, 19 :59-67 >DOI >Link

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Costa C, Roling WFM, Braster M, Senior E, van Verseveld HW. 2003. Atrazine catabolism by a combined bacterial association (KRA30) under carbon- and nitrogen-limitations in a retentostat JOURNAL OF APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY, 94 :1043-1051 >DOI >Link

Ralebitso TK, Roling WFM, Braster M, Senior E, van Verseveld HW. 2000. 16S rDNA-based characterization of BTX-catabolizing microbial associations isolated from a South African sandy soil BIODEGRADATION, 11 :351-357 >DOI >Link

Books

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Orr CH. 2016. Biochar Application: Essential Soil Microbial Ecology :1-323 9780128034361

Chapters

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Ennis CJ, Orr CH, Barakoti P, Pickering J. 2016. DGGE-Profiling of Culturable Biochar-Enriched Microbial Communities Biochar Application: Essential Soil Microbial Ecology :78-108 9780128034361 >DOI

Steiner C, Bayode AO, Ralebitso-Senior TK. 2016. Feedstock and Production Parameters: Effects on Biochar Properties and Microbial Communities Biochar Application: Essential Soil Microbial Ecology :41-54 9780128034361 >DOI

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Orr CH. 2016. Microbial Ecology Analysis of Biochar-Augmented Soils: Setting the Scene Biochar Application: Essential Soil Microbial Ecology :1-40 9780128034361 >DOI

Orr CH, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Prior S. 2016. Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere and Its Response to Biochar Augmentation Biochar Application: Essential Soil Microbial Ecology :199-220 9780128034361 >DOI

Orr CH, Ralebitso-Senior TK. 2016. Summation of the Microbial Ecology of Biochar Application Biochar Application: Essential Soil Microbial Ecology :293-311 9780128034361 >DOI

Maurathan N, Orr CH, Ralebitso-Senior TK. 2015. Biochar adsorption properties and the impact on naphthalene as a model environmental contaminant and microbial community dynamics: A triangular perspective Soil Management: Technological Systems, Practices and Ecological Implications :64-90 9781634832946

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Ralebitso TK, Senior E, van Verseveld HW. 2002. Microbial aspects of atrazine degradation in natural environments BIODEGRADATION, 9th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME-9) 13 :11-19 >Link

Ralebitso Senior TK. Forensic EcoGenomics is an Illustration of Emergent and Relevant Transdisciplinary Science Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) 2018 Conference

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Conference name: Annual Joint Contaminated Land Fora Conference, Teesside University, Position: Organiser and Host

Editorial boards:

Publication: Cogent Environmental Science, Position: Editorial Member

Publication: BioMed Research International, Position: Lead Editor_Environmental Biotechnology Special Issue, URL: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/

Publication: Frontiers in Environmental Science, Position: Review Editor: Wastewater Management

External committees:

Committee name: North East Contaminated Land Forum Steering Group, Organisation: North East Contaminated Land Forum, Position: Steering Group Member

External PGR examinations performed:

Name of University: Teesside University, Award student examined for: PhD, Thesis title: Development of a microbioreactor with parallel processing

Name of University: University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Award student examined for: PhD, Thesis title: PCR Detection, Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) Fingerprinting and Identification of the Microbial Consortia in Different Types of UASB Granules

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Organisation: Teesside University

Membership of professional bodies:

Full Member, International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Society, http://ibbsonline.org/

Full Member, International Society for Microbial Ecology, https://www.isme-microbes.org/

Full Member, Society for Applied Microbiology, http://www.sfam.org.uk/

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: External pgr examination performed: Sunderland University, United Kingdom, Remediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contaminated Sites with Brewer’s Spent Grain, PhD progression, 2016.

Describe the Professional Activities: Internal pgr examination performed: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Development of DNA Extraction Protocol, MSc, 2002.

Describe the Professional Activities: Internal pgr examination performed: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Investigation and Development of a Total RNA Isolation Protocol from Whole Human Blood, MSc, 2002

Describe the Professional Activities: External Activity 2010 – Present, STEMM Ambassador

Describe the Professional Activities: Previous Committee 2017 – 01/2018, Resilient & Secure Societies Grand Challenge Steering Committee, Teesside University, Member.

Describe the Professional Activities: Previous Committee 2010 – 2012, School of Science and Engineering Research Degrees Sub-Committee, Teesside University, Member.

Describe the Professional Activities: Previous Committee 2010 – 01/2018, School of Science, Engineering and Design Research Ethics Committee, Teesside University, Member (2010 – 01/2018), Deputy Chair (2010/11; 2014– 01/2018)

Describe the Professional Activities: Previous Committee 2014, Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team – Bronze Award, Teesside University, Appointed member.

Describe the Professional Activities: Previous Committee 2016 – 01/2018, Human Resources Excellence in Research Award Working Group, Teesside University, Member.

Describe the Professional Activities: Previous Committee 2017 – 01/2018, School of Science, Engineering and Design International Committee, Teesside University, Member, Science Department International Champion.

Describe the Professional Activities: Previous Committees 2014 – 01/2018, Postgraduate Research Assessment Boards (formerly University Research Degrees Sub-Committee), Teesside University, – 01/2018 Deputy Chair (2015 – 01/2018), Chair Elect (2017 – 2019).

Research Grants Awarded:

Society for Applied Microbiology [President's Fund], Invited Conference Paper, "How Understanding Microbiological Dynamics Will Ensure Sustainable Biochar Application"; International Conference on Latest Trends in Biotechnology and Biodiversity (ICBB-2015), 24-26 August 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates., Grant value (£): 1,200, Duration of research project: 3-day International Conference

Teesside University [University Research Fund], Invited Conference Paper, "How Understanding Microbiological Dynamics Will Ensure Sustainable Biochar Application"; International Conference on Latest Trends in Biotechnology and Biodiversity (ICBB-2015), 24-26 August 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates., Grant value (£): 1,000, Duration of research project: 3-day Conference

Teesside University, Department for Learning and Development [Students as Researchers Scheme], Response of Nitrogen-Cycling Bacteria to Biochar Addition, Dr Caroline H. Orr, Grant value (£): 890, Duration of research project: 2 months

Teesside University, Department for Learning and Development [LT Evaluation and Enhancement Fund], Attendance of the RAISE Conference 2016 to present a paper entitled “Engaging Students in the Research Environment”, Grant value (£): 475, Duration of research project: 2-day Conference

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education