Ms Francesca Brailsford – Staff Profile

Ms Francesca Brailsford
Junior Research Technician

Location: ECW 2nd Floor


Tel: +44 1248 383052


  • Member CNS Women’s Network Steering Committee
  • PhD Representative ECW 2nd Floor Lab Users Group

Qualifications and Membership of Professional Bodies

  • MSc Marine Biology, Bangor University (2013–2014)
  • BSc Biochemistry, King’s College London (2010–2013)
  • Member British Ecological Society (BES)
  • Member Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management


I am completing my PhD part-time (Supervisors: Professor Davey Jones & Professor Peter Golyshin) alongside my role as a Junior Research Technician on the NERC DOMAINE Project, which aims to characterise the nature, origins and ecological significance of dissolved organic matter in freshwater ecosystems. The project partners include the University of Bristol, Bangor University, The University of East Anglia and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

My research is part of Work Package 3 of the DOMAINE Project, which aims to identify the dominant metabolic pathways controlling in-stream nutrient uptake and processing. Currently I am involved in the seasonal analysis of low-molecular weight (LMW) nutrient processing using both 14C and 33P labelling methods. Subsequently we plan to use a combination of microbial characterisation and metabolomic approaches to identify the major microbial groups and nutrient pathways involved in in-stream processing.

I am currently completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) and assisting with teaching on a variety of undergraduate modules within SENRGy.

Information on the NERC DOMAINE Project can be found below:

Publications will be added to ResearchGate: