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Dr Kevin Purdy

Job Title
Life Sciences
Research Interests

Microbial ecology, the interaction of microorganisms with their environment, is an essential component in understanding the functioning of the global ecosystem. Tom Fenchel, a leading Danish microbial ecologist, defined the aim of microbial ecology as " find principles that explain the structure and function of microbial communities." Only when these principles are understood will the full impact of microbial activity on the global ecosystem be apparent.
Dr Purdy's research focuses on seeking principles that explain microbial ecology in two main areas:

  • Understanding fundamental ideas in microbial ecology, particularly to do with the relationship between microbial community structure and function
  • Studying communities involved in global biogeochemical cycling

PhD University of Essex, 1996
BA(Hons) Biochemistry, Oxford University, 1990

Member, Society for General Microbiology
Associate Editor, Microbiology
Associate Editor, FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Member,Evaluator Panels for Marie Curie Fellowships 2010 & 2011
On the organising committee for the Swiss International Conference on Industrial Microbiology:MicrosCon, 2012

Title Funder Award start Award end
Facile directional immobilization of bacteriophage on to PDMS for rapid and compliant point of care diagnostics (MLS Research Fund Bursary for Sahan Liyanagedera) Medical and Life Sciences Research Fund 01 Aug 2021 31 Mar 2022
Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) BBSRC 14 Nov 2014 31 May 2020
Impacts of global warming in sentinel systems: from genes to ecosystems NERC 01 Oct 2015 30 Sep 2019
Is multistrain infection by Dichelobacter nodosus important in the severity of footrot and in the management of disease? BBSRC 05 Feb 2015 03 Sep 2018
Understanding the persistence of Fusobacterium necrophorum in ovine footrot using novel strain-based community analysis. Medical and Life Sciences Research Fund 01 Jan 2017 30 Jun 2017
Determining factors and spatial scale that structure microbial communities NERC 01 Jan 2013 31 Jan 2017
To improve the understanding of the epidemiology of ovine footrot, with an emphasis on the role of F. necrophorum in disease pathogenesis MSD Animal Health 01 Jan 2015 31 Dec 2016
BBSRC ARC Full: Are microbiomes important to mammary gland health in dairy cows? BBSRC 01 Oct 2013 30 Sep 2016
Anaerobic quaternary amine degradation: from single bacterium to salt marsh ecosystem. NERC 01 Oct 2011 30 Sep 2014
Using bacterial strain typing to determine whether sheep-to-sheep infection has occurred in an outbreak of clinical ovine mastitis Society for General Microbiology 02 Jul 2014 27 Aug 2014
Understanding methanogenesis in sedimenting material NERC 01 Aug 2010 31 Jul 2013
SGM vacation studentship for Sarah Withey Society for General Microbiology 01 Jul 2010 31 Aug 2010
Nitrous Oxide and Nitrogen Gas production in the Arabian Sea - A Process and Community Based Study NERC 01 Jul 2007 30 Jun 2010
MicroEcolXT EU 01 Jan 2005 30 Jun 2008