Dr Michael Taylor

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
I completed my PhD in the School of the Environment in 2011; the focus of this work was the detection and disinfection of microbial biofilms containing the human pathogen Legionella pneumophila. I continued my work with organisms of public health concern and carried out a 12 month survey of the indoor air quality of buildings in Adelaide and identified the range and concentration of fungal spores most commonly present in workplaces. I have recently begun to focus more intently on mycology and have an active interest in the culture and use of fungi in agricultural and industrial applications. Currently I'm working with Dr Kirstin Ross to develop online teaching tools to assist training environmental health officers and emergency service personnel.

PhD in Environmental Biotechnology, School of the Environment, Flinders University, South Australia.
Thesis title: Microscopic and molecular study of multispecies biofilms containing Legionella.

Honours Degree of Bachelor of Biotechnology, Flinders University, South Australia, Australia.
Thesis title: Green fluorescent protein (GFP) tagging of Legionella longbeachae isolated from commercial potting mixes.

Degree of Bachelor of Biotechnology. Flinders University South Australia.

Honours, awards and grants

Three Minute Thesis competition, University finalist (2011)

Australian Society for Microbiology, Becton Dickinson prize for best student presentation of novel microbiology research (2009)

Teaching interests
Environmental microbiology
Topic lecturer
ENVS4720 Research Project Design and Conduct
ENVH8711 Environmental Health Concepts
Supervisory interests
Communicable diseases
Environmental health
Microbial ecology
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Fungi, Spores, Mould, Mushrooms
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  • Microbiology
  • Fungi, Spores, Mould, Mushrooms
  • Legionella