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PhD projects

Prof. McDonald currently supervises 6 PhD researchers and 2 Master’s candidates. He welcomes enquiries about potential Master’s and PhD projects on research themes within his group. Please contact him by email:


Research activity per year

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Research interests

Research in Prof. McDonald’s group focusses on the following broad themes:

  • Investigating the role of the oak microbiome in health and disease, characterising microbial disease suppression, engineering the oak microbiome to future-proof tree health and combat tree disease.
  • Characterising the microbial processes of waste biomass conversion to biogas in landfill sites and anaerobic digestion plants to develop engineered microbiomes for enhanced waste conversion to biogas.
  • Integrating knowledge on microbiome engineering and microbiome science across diverse systems (e.g. plants, humans, industrial systems) to identify key scientific principles that underpin microbiome assembly and function.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Professor, Bangor University


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