Dr. Geoff Robson BSc, PhD, FSB

Senior lecturer

Research Focus

Ecology of fungal soil and compost communities, degradation of polymers, enzyme activities and secretomes

Scientific Activities

Dr Geoff Robson completed his PhD at the University of Manchester, UK in 1987 investigating the mode of action of a novel fungicide against rice sheath blight. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow for five years funded by research grants and industry on the growth kinetics of filamentous fungal growth including chemostat (continuous) fermentation and evolution of Fusarium venenatum, used to produce mycoprotein for human consumption and leading to the filing of 6 patents. He was appointed lecturer at the University of Manchester in 1992 and developed his research to investigate recombinant protein production and stability in fermentation of fungal industrial production strains.

He was promoted to senior lecturer in 2002 and began his current research activities investigating lung colonisation by the fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus and over the last 10 years has extensively researched the role and colonisation of plastic polymers by fungal communities in biodeterioration and more recently biodegradation of plastics in composting systems using molecular ecological approaches, green composts for soil enrichment in third world countries and biodegradation of algal cell walls for biofuel generation.

He has successfully supervised more than 50 PhD students, published over 140 original papers and book chapters and formerly served President of both the British Mycological Society and the International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the international review journal, Fungal Biology Reviews and a Fellow of the Society for Biology.

Significant Publications

Alshareef F, Robson GD (2014) Prevalence, persistence, and phenotypic variation of Aspergillus fumigatus in the outdoor environment in Manchester, UK, over a 2-year period. Medical Mycology 52 (4), 367-375

Langarica-Fuentes A, Fox G, Robson GD (2015) Metabarcoding analysis of home composts reveals distinctive fungal communities with a high number of unassigned sequences. Microbiology 161, 1921-1932


Contact information

Michael Smith Building
University of Manchester
M13 9PT

Email: geoff.robson@manchester.ac.uk