University Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway
Gavin Collins is a lecturer in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a European Research Council Fellow and is leading projects on the microbiology, microbial ecology and biotechnology of complex, mixed-species biofilms. He is also head of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK)-funded ‘Transforming Waste Consortium’ at the University of Glasgow, where he is leading a project focused on developing novel sanitation solutions for peri-urban communities in developing countries. The fate of antibiotics discharged into the environment is likely affected by microbial communities, and this is one focus of his research. At the same time, the function of over 99% of all microbes on Earth is completely unknown, so it is possible that many antibiotics have yet to be discovered; microbial ecologist should play a big role in looking for these in the coming decades.