Catherine J. Paul

Since 2011, I have been working as a forskarassistant at Water Resources Engineering, Department of Building and Environmental Technology and Applied Microbiology, Department of Chemistry at Lund University, Sweden. I completed my PhD in 2005 in Bacteriology at Queen’s University in Canada, and conducted my postdoctoral research at Health Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, and the Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, Sweden.

Research Interests

My broad research interests are bacterial communities and biofilms in environmental settings. I want to understand the interlocking metabolisms of bacterial communities to allow us to change or control how these bacteria are behaving in industrially-relevant environments. This understanding will allow us to work together with the bacteria to clean up our natural world: to improve and safeguard our drinking water or to degrade chemicals that are contaminating our natural environments. By controlling what growth conditions such as nutrients are available to the microbes, perhaps their interaction with our human-built and urban environments can be steered towards positive outcomes, such as reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. I like to think of this as a prebiotic approach to the management of these essential microbial ecosystem services.


Bacteria and waste
Microbial biofilms in drinking water

Smaller collaborations/projects


Teaching Responsibilities

Gene Technology KBK041 - shared course responsibility
Pipe Systems Engineering VVRN25 - lecturing
Water, Society and Climate Change VVRN20 - lecturing
Molecular Cell Biology KMBF01- lecturing
Environmental Biotechnology KBT 080 - lecturing

Sidansvarig Publicerad: on 17 aug 2016.