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Affiliated staff

Prof. Peter Golyshin

Chair in Environmental Genomics


Location: Room 202, ECW Bldg second floor

Phone: 3629

Prof Peter Golyshin is interested in environmental genomics, environmental microbiology and biotechnology. He performed first omics-based studies in marine obligate hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria that play a key role in marine oil degradation. He pioneered activity-based metagenomic enzyme discovery in cow rumen, earthworm gut and deep-sea environments.  His other significant achievements include the determination of the chaperonin-based cold adaptation in E. coli and Oleispira. His lab has isolated and described >15 microbial taxa at the level of the genus and above and performed culture-independent analysis of deeply branching microbial phyla from extreme habitats. His current activities focus on mining (meta)genomes for enzymes of industrial relevance.

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Current projects

  • NERC (Natural Environment Research Council UK) Grant Nr  NE/K01093X/1 (CoI), Characterisation of the nature, origins and ecological significance of dissolved organic matter in freshwater ecosystems (DOMAINE), 2013- 2017, £440.000
  • EPSRC (UK) EP/L011573/1 an Imperial College led Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) in Synthetic Biology (SynbiCITE) - 2013-2018
  • Innovate UK-BBSRC Grant  No. 101911 Biotechnology for Antiweeds (BaW) (CoI with Slava Tverezovskiy) 2014-2018, £500.000.
  • ERA-Net IB2-BBSRC [14-ERA IB] Grant Nr BB/M029085/1. A metagenomic collection of novel and highly efficient biocatalysts for industrial biotechnology (MetaCat) (PI), 2015-2018, £340.000
  • EU Horizon 2020 Grant Nr 634486 Industrial applications of marine enzymes: Innovative Screening and expression platforms to discover and use the functional protein diversity from the sea (INMARE) (Coordinator, with Dr Olga Golyshina) 2015-2019, total EUR 6.000.000

Past projects

  • EU FP7 (OCEAN.2011-2 287589) Marine Microorganisms: Biodiversity, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (MICROB3) 2012-2016. €300.000
  • EU FP7 Integrated Biotechnological Solutions for Combating Marine Oil Spills (Kill-Spill) 2013-2016, €312.000
  • EU FP7. KBBE-226977 Marine Metagenomics for new Biotechnological Applications (MAMBA) 2009-2013. Coordinator, total EUR 2.9 Mio Aligned with the Partner Project BEEM (CAD 10M)
  • EU FP7 KBBE-245226 Molecular Approaches and MetaGenomic Investigations for optimizing Clean-up of PAH-contaminated sites (MAGIC PAH) 2010-2014. €305.000
  • EU FP7 KBBE-266473 Unravelling and exploiting Mediterranean Sea microbial diversity and ecology for xenobiotics’ and pollutants’ clean up (ULIXES) 2011-2014. €300.000
  • Royal Society UK (2013 Russia (RFBR) cost share) Mining novel enzymes from new thermophilic microorganisms from subsurface, Sep 1, 2013-Aug 31, 2015, £12.000
  • Royal Society (RS-DFID Africa Network Grants) Assessment of water quality indices of some recreational surface waters in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa as a tool for capacity development in the impoverished Province,  Sep 1, 2013-Aug 31, 2014, £ 25.000
  • SysMO: A European Transnational Funding and Research Program on Systems Biology of Microorganisms 2007-2009) “Systems analysis of biotech induced stresses: towards a quantum increase in process performance in the cell factory Pseudomonas putida (P-D-01-06-12)“, Subproject: "Definition of interactome in Pseudomonas putida KT2440” PI, €530.000.
  • BMBF Program: Resistance and susceptibility to intestinal infections - and integrated network to study the interaction between microbial and host factors, Project “Identification of microbial proteins differentially regulated during resilience and infection and their expression profiling in situ (proteomics)”. 2008-2011, PI €570.000.
  • DFG (German Research Council) October 1, 2006 – March 31, 2008. German-Israeli Cooperation Project “Bioremediation with mineral hydrophobic fertilizers to prevent pollution of aquifers with nitrogen” PI €90.000.
  • Federal Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF) GenoMik/GenoMikPlus initiative, Göttingen Network, 2004-2009 Environmental genomics as a resource for new biocatalysts, metabolic pathways and drugs, PI  €540.000
  • National Genomic Research Network (NGFN), 2004-2008 Ecological genomics of mucosal microbial communities associated with chronic inflammatory bowel disease, PI €440.000.
  • Federal Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF, Germany), GenoMik (Bielefeld Network) 2001-2006. “Genome sequencing and functional analysis of marine bacterium Alcanivorax borkumensis SK2” Cluster Coordination, €590.000
  • ViaLactia Ltd. (NZ) Microbial communities from rumen of grazing dairy cows (PI)     €280.000
  • INTAS, 2003-2005, Development of advanced bioremediation techniques for efficient treatment of industrial waste waters; Coordination, € 90.000
  • DFG (German Research Foundation) January 1, 2005-December 31, 2006. T86. Methanogenesis at low pH, PI € 132.000.
  • EU FP6 NoE Marine Genomics Europe. 2005-2007, PI €32.000
  • DFG (German Research Foundation) January 1, 2006-December 31, 2007. DFG Priority Program "Mars and the terrestrial Planets". Project "Mediterranean deep-sea brine lakes: unique terrestrial environments with relevance to putative subsurface ocean on Europa". PI, €145.000.
  • EU FP5 (2003-2006) Biotic and Abiotic Mechanisms of Transmissive Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) Infectivity Retention and Dissemination in Soil (TSE-SOIL-FATE), PI €200.000 
  • EU FP5 2002-2005 Consortia of marine microorganisms for oil biodegradation (COMMODE), PI, €340.000
  • EU FP5 2001-2004 Biotechnologies from the deep (BIODEEP), PI €219.000

Offices held


  • SBS Board of Studies
  • SBS Research Committee