Position

Research Assistant
Medical Biotechnology

Biography

Eric "Akin" Adetutu is a highly skilled scientist with over 10 years research experience spanning environmental health, environmental conservation, waste treatment and remediation of contaminated environments. He has extensive project management experience having worked in Africa, Europe and Australia. He has substantial experience in the application of cutting edge molecular tools to resolving environmental issues. He has extensive experience in classical (culture based methods) and molecular (PCR, commubity fingerprinting, functional genomics and metagenomics) microbiology.

Qualifications

PhD (Microbiology), University of Essex, UK, 2005
M.Sc (Microbiology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1997.
B.Sc Hons (Microbiology), University of Ilorin, Nigeria, 1994

Honours, awards and grants

Overseas Research Studentship (ORS), University of Essex, UK (2002-2005).
Best graduating M.Sc student in Microbiology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1997).

Key responsibilities

Coordinating and developing new research projects locally and internationally
Training and co-supervision of undergraduate and higher degree students
Providing support in molecular microbiology for research across a variety of fields (Biology, Archaeology and Chemistry)
Writing environmental reports for commercial partners and manuscripts for publication in high quality peer reviewed journals

Research interests

In the School of Biological Science, Dr Eric M Adetutu is part of the environmental biotechnology research group headed by Professor Andy Ball. He has been involved in different studies spanning a variety of fields in science ranging from Microbiology to Chemistry. He is a trained molecular microbiologist and his expertise is in applying molecular tools to the study of microbial communities in the environment and how these communities respond to natural and human related changes in environmental conditions (function and diversity).

His research interests include;

  1. Microbial treatment of wastes
  2. Bioremediation of contaminated environments
  3. Microbial interactions with metals
  4. Application of metagenomics in the study of microbial communities
  5. Assessment of the impact of human visitation on the cave environment
  6. Molecular mycology

Publications

  • Ball, A.S., Pretty, J., Mahmud, R. and Adetutu, E.M.(. (2008). Application of Molecular Microbiology to Environmental Forensics. In Stephen M. Mudge, ed. Methods in Environmental Forensics. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, pp. 195-218.
  • Patil, S., Adetutu, E., Rochow, J.L., Mitchell, J.G. and Ball, A. (2014). Sustainable remediation: electrochemically assisted microbial dechlorination of tetrachloroethene-contaminated groundwater. Microbial Biotechnology, 7(1) pp. 54-63.
    [10.1111/1751-7915.12089] [Scopus]
  • Sheppard, P., Simons, K., Adetutu, E.M.(., Kadali, K., Juhasz, A.L., Manefield, M., et al. (2014). The application of a carrier-based bioremediation strategy for marine oil spills. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 84(1-2) pp. 339-346.
    [10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.03.044] [Scopus]
  • Patil, S.S., Adetutu, E.M., Sheppard, P.J., Morrison, P., Menz, R.I. and Ball, A.S. (2014). Site-specific pre-evaluation of bioremediation technologies for chloroethene degradation. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 11(7) pp. 1869-1880.
    [Scopus]
  • Aleer, S., Adetutu, E., Weber, J., Ball, A. and Juhasz, A.L. (2014). Potential impact of soil microbial heterogeneity on the persistence of hydrocarbons in contaminated subsurface soils. Journal of Environmental Management, 136 pp. 27-36.
    [10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.01.031] [Scopus]
  • Patil, S., Adetutu, E., Aburto-Medina, A., Menz, R.I. and Ball, A. (2014). Biostimulation of indigenous communities for the successful dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (perchloroethylene)-contaminated groundwater. Biotechnology Letters, 36(1) pp. 75-83.
    [10.1007/s10529-013-1369-1] [Scopus]
  • Adetutu, E., Bird, C.J., Kadali, K., Bueti, A., Shahsavari, E., Taha Elfouly, M.A.M.M., et al. (2014). Exploiting the intrinsic hydrocarbon-degrading microbial capacities in oil tank bottom sludge and waste soil for sludge bioremediation. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 12(4) pp. 1427-1436.
    [10.1007/s13762-014-0534-y] [Scopus]
  • Smith, R.J., Jeffries, T.C., Adetutu, E.M.(., Fairweather, P.G. and Mitchell, J.G. (2013). Determining the Metabolic Footprints of Hydrocarbon Degradation Using Multivariate Analysis. PLoS One, 8(11) pp. e81910.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0081910] [Scopus]
  • Simons, K.L., Sheppard, P.J., Adetutu, E.M.(., Kadali, K.K., Juhasz, A.L., Manefield, M., et al. (2013). Carrier mounted bacterial consortium facilitates oil remediation in the marine environment. Bioresource Technology, 134 pp. 107-116.
    [10.1016/j.biortech.2013.01.152] [Scopus]
  • Shahsavari, E., Adetutu, E., Anderson, P. and Ball, A. (2013). Tolerance of Selected Plant Species to Petrogenic Hydrocarbons and Effect of Plant Rhizosphere on the Microbial Removal of Hydrocarbons in Contaminated Soil. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 224(4) pp. 1495.
    [10.1007/s11270-013-1495-3] [Scopus]
  • Shahsavari, E., Adetutu, E., Anderson, P. and Ball, A. (2013). Plant residues - A low cost, effective bioremediation treatment for petrogenic hydrocarbon-contaminated soil. Science of The Total Environment, 443 pp. 766-774.
    [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.11.029] [Scopus]
  • Shahsavari, E., Adetutu, E., Anderson, P. and Ball, A. (2013). Necrophytoremediation of phenanthrene and pyrene in contaminated soil. Journal of Environmental Management, 122 pp. 105-112.
    [10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.02.050] [Scopus]
  • Antiabong, J., Boardman, W., Adetutu, E., Brown, M.H. and Ball, A. (2013). Does anaerobic bacterial antibiosis decrease fungal diversity in oral necrobacillosis disease? RESEARCH IN VETERINARY SCIENCE, 95(3) pp. 1012-1020.
    [10.1016/j.rvsc.2013.09.008] [Scopus]
  • Adetutu, E., Smith, R., Weber, J., Aleer, S., Mitchell, J.G., Ball, A., et al. (2013). A polyphasic approach for assessing the suitability of bioremediation for the treatment of hydrocarbon-impacted soil. Science of The Total Environment, 450-451 pp. 51-58.
    [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.02.007] [Scopus]
  • Adetutu, E., Weber, J., Aleer, S., Dandie, C.E., Aburto-Medina, A., Ball, A.S., et al. (2013). Assessing impediments to hydrocarbon biodegradation in weathered contaminated soils. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 361 pp. 847-853.
    [10.1016/j.jhazmat.2013.01.052] [Scopus]
  • Simons, K.L., Ansar, A., Kadali, K.K., Bueti, A., Adetutu, E.M.(. and Ball, A.S. (2012). Investigating the effectiveness of economically sustainable carrier material complexes for marine oil remediation. Bioresource Technology, 126 pp. 202-207.
    [10.1016/j.biortech.2012.09.053] [Scopus]
  • Erkelens, M., Taha Elfouly, M.A.M.M., Adetutu, E.M.(., Tudararo-Aherobo, L., Antiabong, J.F., Provatas, A., et al. (2012). Sustainable remediation - The application of bioremediated soil for use in the degradation of TNT chips. Journal of Environmental Management, 110 pp. 69-76.
    [10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.05.022] [Scopus]
  • Adetutu, E.M.(., Ball, A.S., Weber, J., Aleer, S., Dandie, C.E. and Juhasz, A.L. (2012). Impact of bacterial and fungal processes on 14C-hexadecane mineralisation in weathered hydrocarbon contaminated soil. Science of The Total Environment, 414 pp. 585-591.
    [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.11.044] [Scopus]
  • Aburto-Medina, A., Adetutu, E.M.(., Aleer, S., Weber, J., Patil, S.S., Sheppard, P.J., et al. (2012). Comparison of indigenous and exogenous microbial populations during slurry phase biodegradation of long-term hydrocarbon-contaminated soil. BIODEGRADATION, 23(6) pp. 813-822.
    [10.1007/s10532-012-9563-8] [Scopus]
  • Adetutu, E., Thorpe, K., Shahsavari, E., Bourne, S., Cao, X., Mazaheri Nezhad Fard, R., et al. (2012). Bacterial community survey of sediments at Naracoorte Caves, Australia. International Journal of Speleology, 41(2) pp. 137-147.
    [10.5038/1827-806X.41.2.2] [Scopus]
  • Aleer, S., Adetutu, E.M.(., Makadia, T.H., Patil, S.S. and Ball, A.S. (2011). Harnessing the hydrocarbon-degrading potential of contaminated soils for the bioremediation of waste engine oil. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 218(1-4) pp. 121-130.
    [10.1007/s11270-010-0628-1] [Scopus]
  • Makadia, T.H., Adetutu, E.M.(., Simons, K.L., Jardine, D.R., Sheppard, P.J. and Ball, A.S. (2011). Re-use of remediated soils for the bioremediation of waste oil sludge. Journal of Environmental Management, 92(3) pp. 866-871.
    [10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.10.059] [Scopus]
  • Sheppard, P.J., Adetutu, E.M.(., Makadia, T.H. and Ball, A.S. (2011). Microbial community and ecotoxicity and analysis of bioremediated, weathered hydrocarbon-contaminated soil. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 49(3) pp. 261-269.
    [10.1071/SR10159] [Scopus]
  • Shrestha, K., Adetutu, E.M.(., Shrestha, P., Walsh, K., Harrower, K.M., Ball, A.S., et al. (2011). Comparison of microbially enhanced compost extracts produced from composted cattle rumen content material and from commercially available inocula. Bioresource Technology, 102(17) pp. 7994-8002.
    [10.1016/j.biortech.2011.05.096] [Scopus]
  • Shrestha, K., Shrestha, P., Adetutu, E.M.(., Walsh, K., Harrower, K.M., Ball, A.S., et al. (2011). Changes in microbial and nutrient composition associated with rumen content compost incubation. Bioresource Technology, 102(4) pp. 3848-3854.
    [10.1016/j.biortech.2010.11.087] [Scopus]
  • Adetutu, E.M.(., Thorpe, K., Bourne, S.J., Cao, X., Shahsavari, E., Kirby, G.C., et al. (2011). Phylogenetic diversity of fungal communities in Tourist Accessible and Inaccessible areas in Naracoorte Caves. Mycologia, 103(5) pp. 959-968.
    [10.3852/10-256] [Scopus]
  • Thangarajan, R., Adetutu, E.M.(., Moore, B., Ogunbanwo, S.T. and Ball, A.S. (2011). Comparison between different bio-treatments of a hydrocarbon contaminated soil from a landfill site. African Journal of Biotechnology, 10(67) pp. 15151-15162.
    [10.5897/AJB10.1705] [Scopus]
  • Dandie, C.E., Weber, J., Aleer, S., Adetutu, E.M.(., Ball, A.S. and Juhasz, A.L. (2010). Assessment of five bioaccessibility assays for predicting the efficacy of petroleum hydrocarbon biodegradation in aged contaminated soils. Chemosphere, 81(9) pp. 1061-1068.
    [10.1016/j.chemosphere.2010.09.059] [Scopus]
  • Mehmood, M.K., Adetutu, E.M.(., Nedwell, D.B. and Ball, A.S. (2009). In situ microbial treatment of landfill leachate using aerated lagoons. Bioresource Technology, 100(10) pp. 2741-2744.
    [10.1016/j.biortech.2008.11.031] [Scopus]
  • Adetutu, E.M., Ball, A.S. and Osborn, A.M. (2008). Azoxystrobin and soil interactions: degradation and impact on soil bacterial and fungal communities. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 105(6) pp. 1777-1790.
    [10.1111/j.1365-2672.2008.03948.x] [Scopus]
  • Wakil, S., Onilude, A.A., Adetutu, E.M. and Ball, A.S. (2008). PCR-DGGE fingerprints of microbial successional changes during fermentation of cereal-legume weaning foods. African Journal of Biotechnology, 7(24) pp. 4643-4652.
    [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Adetutu, E.M.(. (1999). Lead solubilisation and accumulation by two strains of Pseudomonas species obtained from a battery manufacturing factory's effluent. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology,
  • Aleer, S., Adetutu, E., Weber, J., Ball, A. and Juhasz, A.L. (2014). Potential impact of soil microbial heterogeneity on the persistence of hydrocarbons in contaminated subsurface soils. Journal of Environmental Management, 136 pp. 27-36.
    [10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.01.031] [Scopus]
  • Patil, S., Adetutu, E., Aburto-Medina, A., Menz, R.I. and Ball, A. (2014). Biostimulation of indigenous communities for the successful dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (perchloroethylene)-contaminated groundwater. Biotechnology Letters, 36(1) pp. 75-83.
    [10.1007/s10529-013-1369-1] [Scopus]
  • Patil, S., Adetutu, E., Rochow, J.L., Mitchell, J.G. and Ball, A. (2014). Sustainable remediation: electrochemically assisted microbial dechlorination of tetrachloroethene-contaminated groundwater. Microbial Biotechnology, 7(1) pp. 54-63.
    [10.1111/1751-7915.12089] [Scopus]
  • Sheppard, P., Simons, K., Adetutu, E.M.(., Kadali, K., Juhasz, A.L., Manefield, M., et al. (2014). The application of a carrier-based bioremediation strategy for marine oil spills. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 84(1-2) pp. 339-346.
    [10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.03.044] [Scopus]
  • Adetutu, E., Bird, C.J., Kadali, K., Bueti, A., Shahsavari, E., Taha Elfouly, M.A.M.M., et al. (2014). Exploiting the intrinsic hydrocarbon-degrading microbial capacities in oil tank bottom sludge and waste soil for sludge bioremediation. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 12(4) pp. 1427-1436.
    [10.1007/s13762-014-0534-y] [Scopus]
  • Patil, S.S., Adetutu, E.M., Sheppard, P.J., Morrison, P., Menz, R.I. and Ball, A.S. (2014). Site-specific pre-evaluation of bioremediation technologies for chloroethene degradation. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 11(7) pp. 1869-1880.
    [Scopus]
  • Adetutu, E., Weber, J., Aleer, S., Dandie, C.E., Aburto-Medina, A., Ball, A.S., et al. (2013). Assessing impediments to hydrocarbon biodegradation in weathered contaminated soils. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 361 pp. 847-853.
    [10.1016/j.jhazmat.2013.01.052] [Scopus]
  • Smith, R.J., Jeffries, T.C., Adetutu, E.M.(., Fairweather, P.G. and Mitchell, J.G. (2013). Determining the Metabolic Footprints of Hydrocarbon Degradation Using Multivariate Analysis. PLoS One, 8(11) pp. e81910.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0081910] [Scopus]
  • Adetutu, E., Smith, R., Weber, J., Aleer, S., Mitchell, J.G., Ball, A., et al. (2013). A polyphasic approach for assessing the suitability of bioremediation for the treatment of hydrocarbon-impacted soil. Science of The Total Environment, 450-451 pp. 51-58.
    [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.02.007] [Scopus]
  • Ball, A.S., Pretty, J., Mahmud, R. and Adetutu, E.M.(. (2008). Application of Molecular Microbiology to Environmental Forensics. In Stephen M. Mudge, ed. Methods in Environmental Forensics. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, pp. 195-218.

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