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Dr Theresia Ralebitso Senior

Dr Theresia Ralebitso Senior

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Biography

I am Senior Lecturer in Microbial Ecology. My research interests in microbiome science and technology are to understand and exploit complex interacting microbial communities. We achieve this by applying molecular techniques for the analysis of ecosystems that are impacted by decomposition, biochar, pollutants and waste products.

Current research application contexts include:
1. Forensic ecogenomics – the study of microbial communities has recognised and emergent, but as yet unrealised, potential in the science of crime scenes. We apply cutting-edge microbial ecology techniques to improve and extend the current forensic toolkit, and inform science-based resolution of crimes. [1 PhD graduated 2018; 1 PhD on-going]
2. Biochar microbial ecology – biochar is a sustainable technology for carbon sequestration, improved agricultural yield and enhanced pollutant attenuation. There is a limited understanding of its impact on microbial communities and, therefore, ecosystem function. We address this key knowledge gap by investigating ecosystem microbial community dynamics and function in biochar-based bioremediation, biofiltration and N-cycling. Also, we use magnetic biochar as a tool to understand biochar impacts on microbial community composition and structure. [1 PhD graduated 2019]
3. Environmental biotechnology – the aim is to understand the functional gene dynamics of complex microbial communities, which are central to the efficacy of environmentally sustainable processes such as bioremediation, anaerobic digestion and wastewater attenuation. [1 PhD graduated 2019]
4. Aspects of policy and conservation – scientific research has a recognised opportunity to inform policy development. Similarly, existing and new statements of policy can direct research initiatives. [1 PhD graduated 2015; 1 PhD on-going]


PhD applications are welcome within these research themes.

I have held post-doctoral positions with: BioMEMS Laboratory of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Oxford (now Wallingford).

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, 2008 - 2009

Publications

Highlighted publications

Adeoye RI, Osalaye DS, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Boddis A, Reid AJ, Fatokun AA, Powell AK, Malomo SO, Olorunniji FJ. 2019. Catalytic Activities of Multimeric G-Quadruplex DNAzymes Catalysts, 9 :613-613 DOI Author Url Public Url

Olakanye AO, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2018. Soil metabarcoding identifies season indicators and differentiators of pig and Agrostis/Festuca spp decomposition Forensic Science International, 288 :53-58 DOI Author Url Public Url

Page H, Orr CH, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2017. Engaging students in bioscience research to improve their learning experience Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 1 :71-71 Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

Ralebitso Senior TK, Thompson TJU, Carney HE. 2016. Microbial ecogenomics and forensic science: New methods for investigating clandestine grave sites Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2 :41-57 DOI Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bergmann RC, Wright DA, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2015. Ecological Media Reveal Community Structure Shifts in a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Train Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation, 06 DOI Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ralebitso Senior TK, Orr CH. 2014. Tracking N-cycling genes in biochar-supplemented ecosystems: A perspective OA Microbiology, 2 Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url

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 Author Url

Olea M, Ahmed R, Qarib U, Shinjo K, Kazuhiro M, Ralebitso Senior TK, Hodgson S. 2011. From biomass to valuable chemicals and fuels Bridgwater AV. Proceedings of the Bioten Conference on Biomass, Bioenergy and Biofuels, :279-291

Jones DWN, Senior E, Rahman PKSM, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2011. Anaerobic digestion in a multi-stage plug flow bioreactor: Revisiting an age-old process with modern molecular tools Brigdwater AV. In Proceedings of the Bioten Conference on Biomass, Bioenergy and Biofuels, :160-174 Public Url

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 Author Url

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 Author Url

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 Author Url

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 Author Url

Journal article

Adeoye RI, Osalaye DS, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Boddis A, Reid AJ, Fatokun AA, Powell AK, Malomo SO, Olorunniji FJ. 2019. Catalytic Activities of Multimeric G-Quadruplex DNAzymes Catalysts, 9 :613-613 DOI Author Url Public Url

Olakanye AO, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2018. Soil metabarcoding identifies season indicators and differentiators of pig and Agrostis/Festuca spp decomposition Forensic Science International, 288 :53-58 DOI Author Url Public Url

Page H, Orr CH, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2017. Engaging students in bioscience research to improve their learning experience Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 1 :71-71 Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

Ralebitso Senior TK, Thompson TJU, Carney HE. 2016. Microbial ecogenomics and forensic science: New methods for investigating clandestine grave sites Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2 :41-57 DOI Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bergmann RC, Wright DA, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2015. Ecological Media Reveal Community Structure Shifts in a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Train Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation, 06 DOI Public Url

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 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ralebitso Senior TK, Orr CH. 2014. Tracking N-cycling genes in biochar-supplemented ecosystems: A perspective OA Microbiology, 2 Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url

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 Author Url

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 Author Url

Olea M, Ahmed R, Qarib U, Shinjo K, Kazuhiro M, Ralebitso Senior TK, Hodgson S. 2011. From biomass to valuable chemicals and fuels Bridgwater AV. Proceedings of the Bioten Conference on Biomass, Bioenergy and Biofuels, :279-291

Jones DWN, Senior E, Rahman PKSM, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2011. Anaerobic digestion in a multi-stage plug flow bioreactor: Revisiting an age-old process with modern molecular tools Brigdwater AV. In Proceedings of the Bioten Conference on Biomass, Bioenergy and Biofuels, :160-174 Public Url

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 Author Url

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 Author Url

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 Author Url

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 Author Url

Conference publication

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

Ralebitso Senior TK, Olakanye AO, Bisker C. 2017. Forensic EcoGenomics – The successful application of microbial ecology techniques for enhanced forensic analysis http://books.bioscopegroup.org/books/oufk/, 1st International Caparica Conference in Translational Forensics :116-116 Publisher Url

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 DOI Author Url

Bisker C, Carney HE, Taylor G, Ralebitso Senior TK. Forensic EcoGenomics 1st Forensic Investigation Conference

Ralebitso Senior TK, Senior E, van Verseveld HW. Microbial aspects of atrazine degradation in natural environments. ISME9, OECD Meeting, Resilience of the Subsurface Ecosystem to Anthropogenic Disturbances

Ralebitso Senior TK. Contaminated land clean up – Exploring the role for biochar North East Contaminated Land Forum Annual Meeting 2015

Ralebitso Senior TK. How understanding microbiological dynamics will ensure sustainable biochar application International Conference on Latest Trends in Biotechnology and Biodiversity (ICBB-2015)

Senior E, Ralebitso Senior TK. Realising the environmental biotechnology engine potentials 1st World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology-2011 (WCEB-2011): Healthier, Safer, and Environment Friendly :74-74

Senior E, Ralebitso Senior TK, Angell J, Nduma M, Di Felice R. Gas biofiltration: What’s the stink about? Teesside University Annual Research Conference

Ralebitso Senior TK. The molecular microbial ecology of three gas works sites: Realising an industrial legacy 28th North East Contaminated Land Forum Annual Meeting 2006

Ralebitso Senior TK, Dawson J, Dickson K, Kalin RM, Killham KS, Larkin M, Paton GI, Wallace S, Thompson IP. Microbial response to enhanced bioremediation processes CL:AIRE Annual Project Conference, CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments) Annual Project Conference 2004 :145-158 Publisher Url

Ralebitso Senior TK, Senior E, Pok K-Y. How pure is ultrapure? Some microbial machinations ULTRAPURE WATER Asia 2002 Conference

Ralebitso Senior TK, Röling WFM, Braster M, Senior E, van Verseveld HW. Pesticide-/petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soil bioremediation study by culture-dependent and molecular approaches IWA 3rd World Water Congress

Ralebitso Senior TK, Daneel R, Senior E. Nitrogen metabolism during the co-disposal of domestic refuse and anaerobically-digested sewage sludge South African Journal of Science, South African Society of Microbiology 10th Biennial Congress 95 :xvii-xvii

Bisker C, Carney HE, Taylor G, Ralebitso Senior T. The composition and shifts of soil bacterial and fungal communities following cadaver (Sus scrofa domesticus) and plant litter (Quercus robur) burial 71st American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Book

Ralebitso-Senior TK. 2018. Forensic Ecogenomics: The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts :1-241 9780128093603

Ralebitso-Senior TK. 2018. Preface :xiii-xiv 9780128093603 DOI

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Orr CH. 2016. Biochar Application: Essential Soil Microbial Ecology :1-323 9780128034330

Chapters

Olakanye AO, Ralebitso-Senior TK. 2018. Assessing subsurface decomposition and potential impacts on forensic investigations Forensic Ecogenomics: The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts :145-176 9780128093603 DOI

Ralebitso Senior TK, Olakanye AO. 2018. General introduction: method applications at the interface of microbial ecology and forensic investigation Ralebitso Senior TK. Forensic EcoGenomics: The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts :1-35 Academic Press. London, United Kingdom 9780128093603 DOI Publisher Url

Bisker C, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2018. The method debate: a state-of-the art analysis of PMI estimation techniques Ralebitso Senior TK. Forensic EcoGenomics: The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts :61-85 Academic Press. London, United Kingdom 9780128093603 DOI Publisher Url

Ralebitso Senior TK, Pyle MKP. 2018. Implications of the investigative animal model Ralebitso Senior TK. Forensic EcoGenomics: The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts :87-111 Academic Press. London, United Kingdom 9780128093603 DOI Publisher Url

Olakanye AO, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2018. Investigating subsurface decomposition and potential impacts on forensic investigations Ralebitso Senior TK. Forensic EcoGenomics: The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts :145-175 Academic Press. London, United Kingdom 9780128093603 Publisher Url

Cai J, Dawson L, Javan GT, Özsoy S, Quaak FCA, Ralebitso Senior TK. 2018. From experimental work to real crime scenes and the courts Ralebitso Senior TK. Forensic EcoGenomics: The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Context :177-209 Academic Press. London, United Kingdom 9780128093603 DOI Publisher Url

Ralebitso Senior TK. 2018. Summary: an assessment of achievements, limitations and potential of forensic ecogenomics Ralebitso Senior TK. Forensic EcoGenomics: The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts :211-233 Academic Press. London, United Kingdom 9780128093603 DOI Publisher Url

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Ennis CJ, Orr CH, Barakoti P, Pickering J. 2016. DGGE-Profiling of Culturable Biochar-Enriched Microbial Communities Ralebitso Senior TK, Orr CH. 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 Ralebitso Senior TK, Orr CH. Biochar Application: Essential Soil Microbial Ecology :41-54 9780128034361 DOI

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

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

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Orr CH. 2016. Microbial Ecology Analysis of Biochar-Augmented Soils: Setting the Scene Ralebitso Senior TK, Orr CH. Biochar Application: Essential Soil Microbial Ecology :1-40 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 Lucas-Borja ME. Soil Management: Technological Systems, Practices and Ecological Implications :64-90 Nova Publishers. New York, United States of America 9781634832946

Editorial/letter to the editor

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 Author Url

Poster

Ralebitso Senior TK, Barakoti P, Dancsics D, Ellingsen K, Hall D, Robinson M, Ennis CJ. Elucidating the immediate response of total and culturable soil bacterial communities to biochar 3rd Annual Conference UK Biochar Research Centre, 24-26 May 2011, Rothamsted, United Kingdom

Marluthi S, Ralebitso Senior TK, Rahman PKSM, Ennis CJ. Biochar: Impact on soil microbial ecology 2nd Annual Conference UK Biochar Research Centre, 28-29 April 2010, Rothamsted, United Kingdom

Jones DWN, Senior E, Rahman PKSM, Ralebitso Senior TK. Anaerobic digestion of waste biomass for biofuel production: Understanding the integral bacterial associations Postgraduate Research Symposium 2009, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

Jones DWN, Lord R, Street G, Rahman PKSM, Ralebitso Senior TK. Preliminary chemical and microbial characterisation of two waste streams: Laying the foundation for bio-fuel production Postgraduate Research Symposium 2008, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

Ralebitso Senior TK. Teamwork makes pollutant degrading microbial communities more effective North East Contaminated Land Forum and Yorkshire Contaminated Land Forum Joint Summer ’08 Conference, University of Teesside, United Kingdom

Ralebitso Senior TK, Connolly HE, Saunders NJ. A genechip-based exploration of microbial phylogeny and function of a contaminated site: Addressing an environmental footprint of the industrial legacy 12th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME-12), Cairns, Australia

Dawson JJC, Ralebitso Senior TK, Thompson IP, Mclver L, Killham K, Kalin RM, Paton GI. Integrated physico-chemical, microbial and ecotoxicological assessment of remediation potential at a hydrocarbon impacted inter-tidal site 156th Meeting of the Society for General Microbiology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Ralebitso Senior TK, Yamazoe A, Costa C, Röling WFM, Braster M, Senior E, van Verseveld HW. Atrazine degradation by an aerobic soil microbial association 9th International Symposium for Microbial Ecology (ISME-9), Interactions in the Microbial World, 26-31 August, 2001, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ralebitso Senior TK, Röling WFM, van Verseveld HW, Senior E. A molecular approach to characterizing atrazine and selected petroleum hydrocarbon catabolizing microbial associations isolated from soil Adaptive Strategies of Microbes in the Natural Environment, Baarn, The Netherlands

Ralebitso Senior TK, Daneel RA, Senior E. Nitrogen metabolism during the co-disposal of domestic refuse and anaerobically-digested sewage sludge South African Society of Microbiology 10th Biennial Congress, Durban, South Africa

Ralebitso Senior TK, Senior E, van Verseveld HW. Protection, from contamination by atrazine and selected petroleum hydrocarbons, of soil and groundwater by microbial intervention: A preliminary microbial study South African Society of Microbiology (KwaZulu-Natal) 11th Annual Symposium, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Other Professional Activity:

PhD Co-Supervisor: Investigation of the Physiological, Environmental and Molecular Mechanisms in Hazelnut (Corylus avellana) Dormancy; Dr Hamid Shaik; PhD awarded November 2015.

PhD Principal Supervisor: Changes in Soil Microbial Communities During Subsurface Decompositions; Dr Ayodeji O. Olakanye; PhD awarded April 2018.

PhD Principal Supervisor: Characterisation of Bacterial Communities of the Iraqi Rustumihia Wastewater Treatment Plant; Dr Thana Majid Zayer Noor; PhD awarded June 2019.

PhD Principal Supervisor: Development of a Method for Analysis of Microbial Communities Using Magnetic Biochar; Dr Adeolu O. Bayode; PhD awarded October 2019.

PhD Principal Supervisor: Microbial Forensics: Soil Microbial and Elemental Composition Change in Response to Carrion Decomposition; Mr Chawki Bisker; Viva voce passed November 2019.

PhD Second Supervisor: Climate Change in Nigeria: Assessing Policy and Practice; Ms Alima Ogah; PhD on-going.

Professional activities

Research Grants Awarded:

QR Global Challenges Research Funding Scheme, Liverpool John Moores University, Research Visit to Existing and New Stakeholders to Extend a Current Partnership and Further a Developed Global Challenges Grant Application, Grant value (£): 3,000, Duration of research project: 10 days. 2019

Liverpool John Moores University Research Committee, Development of split G-Quadruplex DNAzymes for construction of gated biosensors (REF Upskilling 2018), Dr Amanda Boddis; Dr Amos Fatokun; Dr Femi Olorunniji; Dr Andrew Powell; Dr T. Komang Ralebitso-Senior; Dr Amanda Reid, Grant value (£): £15,000, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2018

Liverpool John Moores University: Faculty-School Matched Seed Corn Funding 2017-18, Seed Corn Funding: Establishing Forensic Ecogenomics and Biochar Research at LJMU, Grant value (£): £10,018.48. 2018

Liverpool John Moores University, Next-Generation Sequencing of Bacterial Communities from Three Different Soils Impacted by Decomposing Mouse (Mus Musculus) as a Human Taphonomic Proxy to Determine Indicators for Time-Since-Burial, Amy Rattenbury, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wales, Grant value (£): £6,447. 2018

Liverpool John Moores University: Faculty of Science Technology Directorate Voucher Scheme, Next-Generation Sequencing of Bacterial Communities From Three Different Soils Impacted by Decomposing Mouse (Mus Musculus) as a Human Taphonomic Proxy to Determine Indicators for Time-Since-Burial, Amy Rattenbury, Grant value (£): £6,447. 2018

Teesside University, Department for Learning and Development: Learning and Teaching Evaluation and Enhancement Fund, Attendance of the RAISE16 Conference: ‘Excellence’ in Student Engagement, 8-9 September, 2016, Loughborough University, United Kingdom to present a paper entitled “Engaging Students in the Research Environment”, Grant value (£): 475. 2016

Teesside University, Department for Learning and Development: Students as Researchers, Biochar Within a Hydroponic System & Response of Nitrogen-Cycling Bacteria to Biochar Addition, With Dr Caroline Orr, Grant value (£): £2,106. 2015

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. 2015

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. 2015

Teesside University, Department for Learning and Development: Students as Researchers, Response of Nitrogen-Cycling Bacteria to Biochar Addition, With Dr Caroline H. Orr, Grant value (£): 890. 2015

Teesside University: International Visiting Researcher, Potential Exploitation of Biochar as a Novel Support Medium for Waste Gas Biofiltration: A Visit to Professor Renzo Di Felice, University of Genoa, Italy, Grant value (£): 1,430. 2014

Society for Applied Microbiology: Students into Work, The Effect of Biochar on the Nitrogen-Fixing (nifH) Communities in Clover-Associated Rhizosphere Soil, Grant value (£): 2,500. 2014

Teesside University: University Research Fund, Response of Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria to Biochar, Dr Caroline Orr (Lead), Grant value (£): 5,000. 2014

SPARK KTN Awards, Project Elm_Microbial Screening for Stereo Complex Chemicals, Dr Kris Wadrop (Industrial Lead); Dr Helen Carney (Academic Lead); Dr Caroline Orr, Grant value (£): 5,000. 2013

Society for Applied Microbiology: Students into Work, Short-Term Effects of Biochar Augmentation of a Naphthalene-Enriched Microbial Community, Grant value (£): 2,500. 2013

Teesside University (DfLD): Students as Researchers, Molecular Analysis of Microbial Communities on “Habitat” Media to Recover Potentially Previously Uncultured Strains from a Local Wastewater Treatment Plant, With Dr David Wright, Grant value (£): 702. 2012

Society for Applied Microbiology: Students into Work, The Influences of Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Biochar on a Model Bacterial Community, Grant value (£): 2,500. 2012

Yorkshire Agricultural Society: Small Grant Scheme, Molecular Microbial Ecology of Contemporary Biochar Application, Dr Ralebitso-Senior (Principal Applicant), Professor Eric Senior, Grant value (£): 5,000. 2011

Teesside University: University Research Fund, Soil Microbial Response to Biochar, Grant value (£): 5,000. 2011

Society for Applied Microbiology: Students into Work, Molecular Characterization of the Multi-Species Methanogenic Gene Pool Driving Multi-Phase Anaerobic Digestion of Combined Municipal Solid Waste/Sewage Sludge, Professor Eric Senior (Lead), Grant value (£): 2,500. 2011

Society for Applied Microbiology: Students into Work, Soil Microbial Response to Biochar Application, Grant value (£): 2,500. 2011

Teesside University: University Research Fund, Studying the Impact of Decomposition on Soil Microbial Communities, Dr Ralebitso-Senior (Principal Applicant), Professor Tim Thompson, Grant value (£): 5,000. 2011

Society for General Microbiology: Vacation Studentships, Molecular Characterization of the Multi-Species Methanogenic Gene Pool Underpinning Multi-Phasic Anaerobic Digester Treatment of Combined Municipal Solid Waste/Sewage Sludge, Professor Eric Senior (Lead), Grant value (£): 1,880. 2010

Royal Society: Conference Grants Scheme, Attendance and Poster Presentation at the 12th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology [ISME-12], Cairns, Australia, Grant value (£): 1,220. 2008

Society for Applied Microbiology: President’s Fund, Attendance and Poster Presentation at the 12th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology [ISME-12], Cairns, Australia, Grant value (£): 1,000. 2008

Teesside University: University Research Fund, Attendance and Poster Presentation at the 12th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology [ISME-12], Cairns, Australia, Grant value (£): 434. 2008

Teesside University: University Research Fund, Procurement of Laboratory Microbial Ecology Equipment, Dr Ralebitso-Senior (Principal Applicant), Dr Helen Carney, Grant value (£): 5,000. 2008

Yorkshire Agricultural Society: Small Grant Scheme, A Genechip-Based Exploration of Microbial Phylogeny and Function on a Contaminated Site: Addressing an Environmental Footprint of the Industrial Legacy, Dr Ralebitso-Senior (Principal Applicant), Dr Helen Carney, Grant value (£): 6,000 (Alpha rating). 2008

Teesside University: Peter Berg Fund, Environmental DNA/RNA Extraction, Grant value (£): 1,000. 2007

Teesside University: University Research Fund, Environmental DNA/RNA Extraction: Protocol Optimisation for Functional Microarray-Based Application and Analysis, Grant value (£): 5,000. 2007

University of Teesside: University Doctoral Scholarship, Microbial-Mediated Anaerobic Digestion of Waste as Biomass for Energy Production, Dr Ralebitso-Senior (Principal Applicant), Grant value (£): 53,000. 2007

External PGR examinations performed:

McGill University, Montreal, Canada, PhD, Biochar Impacts on Soil Microbiota and Potential Application of Biochar as an Inoculant Carrier for Bioremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon-Contaminated Soil. 2019

Teesside University, PhD, Development of a microbioreactor with parallel processing [2013]. 2013

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, PhD, PCR Detection, Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) Fingerprinting and Identification of the Microbial Consortia in Different Types of UASB Granules [2006]. 2006

Conference presentation:

Bisker C, Carney H, Taylor G, Ralebitso-Senior TK. Response of soil microbial communities to mammal decomposition during above-ground and subsurface decomposition: A comparison, 71st American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Oral presentation. 2019

Ralebitso-Senior TK (2018). Forensic EcoGenomics is an illustration of emergent and relevant transdisciplinary science, Forensic Archaeology Specialist Interest Group (FASIG) within the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) 2018 Conference, Oral presentation. 2018

Ralebitso-Senior TK Olakanye AO, Bisker C (2017). Forensic EcoGenomics – The successful application of microbial ecology techniques for enhanced forensic analysis, 1st International Caparica Conference in Translational Forensics, Lisbon, Portugal, Oral presentation. 2017

Bisker C, Carney, HE, Taylor, G, Ralebitso-Senior TK (2017): In situ application of forensic ecogenomics with whole mammalian surrogates (S. scrofa domesticus), Forensic Archaeology, Anthropology, and Ecology Symposium, University College London, United Kingdom., Oral presentation. 2017

Bisker C, Carney HE, Taylor G, Ralebitso-Senior TK (2017). Forensic EcoGenomics, 1st Forensic Investigation Conference, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wales, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2017

Page H, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Orr CH (2016). Engaging students in the research environment, RAISE16 Conference: ‘Excellence’ in Student Engagement, Loughborough University, United Kingdom., Oral presentation. 2016

Bisker C, Olakanye OA, Carney HE, Taylor G, Orr CH, Ralebitso-Senior TK (2016). Decomposition of domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus) vs. plant litter in a natural setting in North Yorkshire, 1st Teesside University PGR Conference, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom., Oral presentation. 2016

Olakanye AO, Thompson TJU, Ralebitso-Senior TK (2016). 16S bacterial taxa distributions for a decomposition study pre- and post-exhumation, SSE Technology Futures Institute Annual Research Day, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2016

Bisker C, Carney HE, Taylor G, Orr C, Ralebitso-Senior TK (2016); Comparative study on the decomposition of Sus scrofa domesticus and Quercus robur in a natural setting, in North Yorkshire, Third Middle East Molecular Biology Congress and Exhibition, Doha, Qatar., Oral presentation. 2016

Ralebitso-Senior TK (2015). Contaminated land clean up – Exploring the role for biochar, North East Contaminated Land Forum Annual Meeting 2015, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2015

Olakanye AO, Thompson TJU, Ralebitso-Senior TK (2015). Forensic ecogenomics: A potential tool for post-mortem interval estimation, 7th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference (EAFS-2015), Prague, Czech Republic, Oral presentation. 2015

Ralebitso-Senior TK (2015). How understanding microbiological dynamics will ensure sustainable biochar application, International Conference on Latest Trends in Biotechnology and Biodiversity (ICBB-2015), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Oral presentation. 2015

Page H, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Orr, CH, Prior S (2015). Engaging students in the research environment, Festival of Learning Conference, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2015

Olakanye AO, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Thompson TJU (2014). Forensic microbiology: Determining the potential of microbial community dynamics to identify decomposition locales, 10th Annual Forensic Research and Teaching Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom., Oral presentation. 2014

Ralebitso-Senior TK (2014). Microbiology of biochar - the Teesside journey so far, Technology Futures Institute Annual Research Meeting, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom., Oral presentation. 2014

Olaifa A, Rai P, Swann R, Todd E, Hopper M, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Senior E (2012). Drawing parallels between complex interacting microbial associations and student team work: The employability agenda in practise., Teesside University Learning & Teaching Conference, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2012

Senior E, Ralebitso-Senior TK (2011). Realising the environmental biotechnology engine potentials, 1st World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology-2011 (WCEB-2011): Healthier, Safer, and Environment Friendly, Dalian, China, Oral presentation. 2011

Senior E, Ralebitso-Senior TK, Angell J, Nduna M, Di Felice R (2010). Gas biofiltration: What’s the stink about, Teesside University Annual Research Conference 2010, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2010

Jones DWN, Senior E, Rahman PKSM, Ralebitso-Senior TK (2009). Research and academia: Anaerobic digestion of waste for biogas production, 10th Learning and Teaching Conference 2009, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2009

Ralebitso-Senior TK (2006). The molecular microbial ecology of three gas works sites: Realising an industrial legacy, 28th North East Contaminated Land Forum Annual Meeting 2006, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2006

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Dawson JCC, Killham KS, Paton GI, Thompson IP (2005). Environmental genomics of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-contaminated site, 12th Meeting on Organic Contaminants in Soil, Water and Sediment: The Cutting Edge, Reading, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2005

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Dawson JJC, Huang WE, Killham KS, Liu W-T, Paton GI, Wu J-H, Thompson IP (2005). Eco-genomic probes for enhanced soil remediation of former gasworks sites, 13th International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Symposium (IBBS-13), Madrid, Spain, Oral presentation. 2005

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Dawson J, Dickson K, Kalin RM, Killham KS, Larkin M, Paton GI, Wallace S, Thompson IP (2004). Microbial response to enhanced bioremediation processes, CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments) Annual Project Conference 2004,, London, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2004

Ralebitso-Senior TK, Dawson JCC, Dickson K, Kalin RM, Killham KS, Larkin M, Paton GI, Thompson IP (2004). Understanding the microbial dynamics of in situ and ex situ nutrient-augmented bioremediation processes, 11th Meeting on Organic Contaminants in Soil, Water and Sediment: The Cutting Edge, Reading, United Kingdom, Oral presentation. 2004

Ralebitso TK, Röling WFM, Braster M, Senior E, van Verseveld HW (2002). Pesticide-/petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soil bioremediation study by culture-dependent and molecular approaches, IWA 3rd World Water Congress, Melbourne, Australia, Other. 2002

Ralebitso TK, Senior E, Pok KY (2002). How pure is ultrapure? Some microbial machinations, ULTRAPURE WATER Asia 2002 Conference, Singapore, Oral presentation. 2002

Senior E, Ralebitso TK (2001). Harnessing the solid-state methanogenic fermentation: The landfill legacy, The Importance of Ecological Functions in Environmental Management, Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, Indonesia., Oral presentation. 2001

Senior E, Ralebitso TK, van Verseveld HW (2001). Microbially-mediated environmental management: Essential methodology development, The Importance of Ecological Functions in Environmental Management, Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, Indonesia., Oral presentation. 2001

Ralebitso TK, Röling WFM, Braster M, Senior E, van Verseveld HW (2001). Monitoring bioremediation of BTX- and atrazine-contaminated soil and groundwater: Potential application of PCR-DGGE, Water and Waste Global Summit, Singapore, Oral presentation. 2001

Ralebitso TK, Senior E, Mylvaganam TS, Matheickal J, van Verseveld HW (2001). Ballast water: Monitoring the unmonitorable, 1st International Conference on Ballast Water Management, Singapore, Oral presentation. 2001

Ralebitso TK, Röling WFM, Senior E, van Verseveld HW (2000). PCR-DGGE characterization of aerobic atrazine- and BTX-catabolizing microbial associations isolated from South African soils, 4th International Symposium on Environmental Biotechnology, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, Oral presentation. 2000

Ralebitso TK, Röling WFM, van Verseveld HW, Senior E (1999). A molecular approach to characterizing atrazine- and selected petroleum hydrocarbon-catabolizing microbial associations isolated from soil, African International Environmental Protection Symposium (AiEPS ’99), Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Oral presentation. 1999

Ralebitso TK, Senior E, Röling WFM, van Verseveld HW (1999). Optimization of physiological determinants and PCR-DGGE analysis of aerobic atrazine- and BTX-catabolizing microbial associations isolated from South African soils, South African Society for Microbiology (KwaZulu-Natal) 12th Annual Symposium, Durban, South Africa, Oral presentation. 1999

Ralebitso TK, Daneel RA, Senior E (1997). Assessment of the impacts of co-disposal of anaerobically-digested sewage sludge with refuse on leachate quality, South African Society for Microbiology (KwaZulu-Natal) 10th Annual Symposium, Durban, South Africa, Oral presentation. 1997

Jones DWN, Senior E, Rahman PKSM, Ralebitso-Senior TK (2010). Elucidating the mesophilic microbial associations of anaerobic digestion in a multi-stage plug flow bioreactor, Technology Futures Institute 4th Annual Research Day and Postgraduate Symposium, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, Oral presentation.

Jones DWN, Senior E, Rahman PKSM, Ralebitso-Senior TK (2011). Anaerobic digestion in a multi-stage plug flow bioreactor: Revisiting an age-old process with modern molecular tools, Bioten Conference, 21-23 September 2010, Birmingham, United Kingdom, Oral presentation.

Conference organisation:

Annual Joint Contaminated Land Fora Conference, Teesside University, Organiser and Host. 2016

External committees:

North East Contaminated Land Forum Steering Group, North East Contaminated Land Forum, Steering Group Member [2015 - 2018]. 2015

Editorial boards:

BioMed Research International, Lead Editor_Environmental Biotechnology Special Issue (2015), https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/. 2015

Cogent Environmental Science, Editor (2016 - Present), https://www.cogentoa.com/journal/environmental-science/.

Frontiers in Environmental Science, Review Editor - Wastewater Management (2013 - Present), https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/environmental-science/sections/wastewater-management.

International Journal of Forensic Science & Pathology, Editorial Member (2015 - Present), http://scidoc.org/forensic-science-and-pathology.php.

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 2009

Membership of professional bodies:

Full Member (2006 - Present), Society for Applied Microbiology, http://www.sfam.org.uk/. 2006

Full Member (2004), International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Society, http://ibbsonline.org/. 2004

Full Member (2002 - Present), International Society for Microbial Ecology, https://www.isme-microbes.org/. 2002

External collaboration:

https://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/StaffProfiles/AmyRattenbury/, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wales, United Kingdom, Amy Rattenbury.

Fellowships:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Teesside University and The Higher Education Academy.

Other Professional Activity:

Journal Peer Review: 2004 - Journal of Applied Microbiology; 2010 - Soil Biology & Biochemistry; 2012 - Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, Biodegradation, Bioscience Horizons; 2013 - Water Research; 2014 - Environmental Science & Technology; 2015 - International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, Science & Justice, Water Research, Microorganisms, Nature Scientific Reports; 2016 to 2017 - Nature Scientific Reports, BMC Microbiology, Journal of Biological Education..

PhD Co-Supervisor: Investigation of the Physiological, Environmental and Molecular Mechanisms in Hazelnut (Corylus avellana) Dormancy; Dr Hamid Shaik; PhD awarded November 2015.

PhD Principal Supervisor: Changes in Soil Microbial Communities During Subsurface Decompositions; Dr Ayodeji O. Olakanye; PhD awarded April 2018.

PhD Principal Supervisor: Characterisation of Bacterial Communities of the Iraqi Rustumihia Wastewater Treatment Plant; Dr Thana Majid Zayer Noor; PhD awarded June 2019.

PhD Principal Supervisor: Development of a Method for Analysis of Microbial Communities Using Magnetic Biochar; Dr Adeolu O. Bayode; PhD awarded October 2019.

PhD Principal Supervisor: Microbial Forensics: Soil Microbial and Elemental Composition Change in Response to Carrion Decomposition; Mr Chawki Bisker; Viva voce passed November 2019.

PhD Second Supervisor: Climate Change in Nigeria: Assessing Policy and Practice; Ms Alima Ogah; PhD on-going.

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).

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

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)..