Helen Carney

Helen Carney


Personal profile

Academic Biography

I am primarily a microbiologist with specialism in industrial biotechnology and environmental microbiology. I have lead multiple funded, small-scale research projects on waste treatment and fermentaiton of industrially relevant bacterial products. 

Some projects I am currently working on:

  • Manufacture of bacterial cellulose by Acetobacter and associated species
  • Isolation of novel bacterial strains that produce products of industrial interest.
  • Microbiology of acid mine drainage sites
  • Isolation and metabolic activity of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans and Leptospirillium ferrooxidans

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

I am interested in using creative techniques, gamification and innovative technology in my teaching and the integration of these disciplines. Some projects I am currently working on:

  • Use of Minecraft as a learning tool in higher education
  • Use of BBC Microbit as a learning tool in higher education
  • Knitting and crochet as a method of science communication and an expression of learning in biology

Link to my acadmic knitting blog:

Helen Loves Science Knitting

Knitted skeleton forearm (H Carney, 2022):


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