Lydia-Ann J Ghuneim  


Room Details

ECW (Environmental Centre Wales) Building 2nd Floor


Masters of Science (MSc) in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States)
Bachelors of Science (BS) in Interdisciplinary Physics with Biochemistry from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States)

PhD Title (or subject area)

Distribution, Diversity, and Function of Small Filterable Microbial Species in Freshwater Ecosystems


Professor Davey Jones and Professor Peter Golyshin

Describe your research

The main goal of my PhD project is to detect very small filterable microbial species and determine their function within freshwater ecosystems, specifically the Conwy River catchment. The project also includes the identification of microbial species that reside in the catchment to full assess its health and the role they play in the fate of many dissolved organic carbon, phosphorous, and nitrogenous compounds. This project is part of the greater NERC DOMAINE (dissolved organic matter in freshwater ecosystems) project. Specifically, it is part of work package 3 (WPA3) of DOMAINE, where the goal is to identify dominant metabolic pathways which dictate nutrient flow and uptake. The project partners include the University of Bristol; Bangor University; The University of East Anglia; and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). Further information on DOMAINE can be found at


I began my academic career at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor campus). My undergraduate degree was an interdisciplinary study that combined physics with biochemistry. I then continued my education at the same institution receiving a Master's of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. During this time, I focused on nanotechnology diagnostics and biological sensors. After my postgraduate program, I examined nanocrystal photovoltaic cells derived from earth abundant materials at the University of Toledo (Toledo, Ohio, United States not Toledo, Spain). After that, I was a research consultant in the mid-west and central regions of the United States, specifically investigating potential applications of nanotechnology in agriculture. Additional information about my experience can be found at