Dr. Athanasios Rizoulis

Lecturer in Microbiology

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB215

+44 (0) 1772 89 4376


Subject Areas: Biosciences

Thanos has extensive experience in the field of environmental microbiology, with research focusing on the microbial ecology of polluted environments and biotransformations of metals.

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Thanos obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield, before working as a postdoctoral researcher in Geomicrobiology at the University of Manchester. During these years, he participated in multidisciplinary projects, which investigated the diversity of microbial communities and their contribution to various biogeochemical processes, including bioremediation of organic contaminants, biotransformations of metals and radionuclides, and mobilisation of arsenic. He has experience with culture-based and molecular microbiology techniques, including high throughput DNA sequencing and metagenomics. After a short term post as a Lecturer in Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University, Thanos joined UCLan in September 2016.


PhD, Environmental Microbiology, University of Sheffield, 2009
MSc, Soils and Environmental Pollution, University of Reading, 2004
BSc, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2002

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Module contributions

  • PS1601 – Introduction to Cell Biology
  • PS2602 – Applied Molecular Biology
  • FZ2605 – Applied Microbiology
  • FZ3601 – Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Research Activities

Research interests include:

  • Microbial ecology
  • Bioremediation
  • Microbial degradation of organic compounds
  • Microbial transformations of metals and radionuclides
  • Biotechnology