Dr Cindy Smith

B.Sc, Ph.D, PgCert

Contact Details

SFI Starting Investigator COFUND Fellow and Lecturer Above The Bar Microbiology
Microbiology
ES106
School of Natural Sciences
NUI, Galway

T: +00 353 91 49 3832
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E: cindy.smith@nuigalway.ie
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Lecturer Above The Bar
Microbiology
School of Natural Sciences
NUI Galway

E: cindy.smith@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Biography

I am currently a Lecturer in Marine Microbiology and a Science Foundation Ireland Starting Investigator. I previously held a University Fellowship in Marine Microbiology at NUIG and postdoctoral positions at the University of Sheffield and University of Essex. I received my BSc and PhD from University College Dublin, and more recently completed a PgCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at NUIG.

Research Interests

Molecular microbial ecology of natural and engineered ecosystems with particular emphasis on the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen in coastal zones, drinking water microbiology and the geomicrobiology of fluid inclusions. 

     

Research Interests

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Microbial Interfaces: Society for General Microbiology Irish Division Meeting 2015 01-APR-15 30-SEP-15
MICROBES TRAPPED IN FLUID INCLUSIONS CINDY SMITH 01-OCT-14 30-SEP-18
GrEW CINDY SMITH 01-MAR-14 30-NOV-14
ISCA BRAZIL Cindy Smith 01-APR-14 31-MAR-15
BIOGEOCHEMICAL CUCLING OF NITRATES IN IRISH ESTUARIES 01-SEP-13 31-AUG-16
PATHOGEN DETECTION, SURVIVAL & SHELTERING, CINDY SMITH 01-SEP-11 01-APR-15
BACTERICAL BIO-BURDEN EFFICIENCY TESTING IN A COD REARING HATCHERY CINDY SMITH 13-JUN-11 05-AUG-11

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Dr. Enrico Tatti Molecular Ecology of Ammonia Oxidation in Coastal Bay Sediments Postdoctoral Researcher Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Protected Lusitanian slug “Geomalacus maculosus” (Pulmonata: Arionidae): genetic studies reveal close link between Irish and Northern Spanish specimens and long-term allopatric divergence of Iberian populations'
Riech, I, Gormally M, Allcock L, McDonnell R, Castillejo J, Iglesias, J Quinteiro J & Smith C.J. ( (2015) 'Protected Lusitanian slug “Geomalacus maculosus” (Pulmonata: Arionidae): genetic studies reveal close link between Irish and Northern Spanish specimens and long-term allopatric divergence of Iberian populations'. Biological Journal Of The Linnean Society, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Seasonal variation in denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonia process rates and corresponding key functional genes along an estuarine nitrate gradient'
Smith C.J., Dong LF, Wilson J, Stott A, Osborn AM & Nedwell DB (2015) 'Seasonal variation in denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonia process rates and corresponding key functional genes along an estuarine nitrate gradient'. Frontiers In Microbiology, 6:542 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'A rapid culture independent methodology to quantitatively detect and identify common human bacterial pathogens associated with contaminated high purity water'
Minogue E., Tuite N.L., Smith C.J., Reddington K., Barry T. (2015) 'A rapid culture independent methodology to quantitatively detect and identify common human bacterial pathogens associated with contaminated high purity water'. BMC Biotechnol, 16 (6) [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Nitrate reduction functional genes and nitrate reduction potentials persist in deeper estuarine sediments. Why?'
Papaspyrou, S., Smith C.J., Dong, L.F., Whitby, C., Dumbrell, A., Nedwell D.B. (2014) 'Nitrate reduction functional genes and nitrate reduction potentials persist in deeper estuarine sediments. Why?'. Plos One, 9 (4) [Details]
(2013) 'Abundance of denitrification genes under different peizometer depths in four Irish agricultural groundwater sites'
Maria Barrett & Mohammad M. R. Jahangir & Changsoo Lee & Cindy J. Smith & Niamh Bhreathnach & Gavin Collins & Karl G. Richards & Vincent O’Flaherty (2013) 'Abundance of denitrification genes under different peizometer depths in four Irish agricultural groundwater sites'. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 20 :6646-6657 [Details]
(2011) 'Dissimilatory reduction of nitrate to ammonium (DNRA) not denitrification dominates benthic nitrate reduction in tropical estuaries'
Dong, LF; Naqasima-Sobey, M; Smith, CJ; Rusmana, I; Phillips, W; Stott, A; Osborn, AM and Nedwell, DB. (2011) 'Dissimilatory reduction of nitrate to ammonium (DNRA) not denitrification dominates benthic nitrate reduction in tropical estuaries'. Limnology And Oceanography, 56 (1):297-291 [Details]
(2010) 'Bioturbating shrimp alter the structure and diversity of bacterial communities in coastal marine sediments'
Laverock, B., Smith, C. J., Tait, K., Osborn, A. M., Widdicombe, S., Gilbert, J. A. (2010) 'Bioturbating shrimp alter the structure and diversity of bacterial communities in coastal marine sediments'. The ISME Journal, 4 :1531-1544 [Details]
(2009) 'Advantages and limitations of quantitative PCR (Q-PCR) based approaches in microbial ecology'
Smith, CJ and Osborn AM (2009) 'Advantages and limitations of quantitative PCR (Q-PCR) based approaches in microbial ecology'. Fems Microbiology Ecology, 67 :6-20 [Details]
(2009) 'Bacteria as biological tags for marine fish'
Smith, CJ; Danilowicz, BS; Meijer, WG. (2009) 'Bacteria as biological tags for marine fish'. Canadian Journal Of Fisheries And Aquatic Sciences, 66 (5):713-716 [Details]
(2009) 'Profiles of benthic denitrification, anammox and nitrate ammonification; and key functional genes along an estuarine nutrient gradient; the Colne estuary, UK'
Dong, LF; Smith, CJ; Papaspyrou, S; Stott, A; Osborn, AM; Nedwell, DB. (2009) 'Profiles of benthic denitrification, anammox and nitrate ammonification; and key functional genes along an estuarine nutrient gradient; the Colne estuary, UK'. Applied And Environmental Microbiology, 75 (10):3171-3179 [Details]
(2007) 'Diversity and abundance of nitrate reductase genes (narG and napA), nitrite reductase genes (nirS and nrfA), and their transcripts in estuarine sediments'
Smith, C.J; Nedwell, D.B; Dong, L.F; Osborn, A.M (2007) 'Diversity and abundance of nitrate reductase genes (narG and napA), nitrite reductase genes (nirS and nrfA), and their transcripts in estuarine sediments'. Applied And Environmental Microbiology, 73 (11):3612-3622 [Details]
(2007) 'Characterisation of the bacterial community associated with the surface and mucus layer of whiting (Merlangius merlangus)'
Smith, C.J; Danilowicz, B.S ;Meijer. W.G. (2007) 'Characterisation of the bacterial community associated with the surface and mucus layer of whiting (Merlangius merlangus)'. Fems Microbiology Ecology, 62 :90-97 [Details]
(2007) 'Diatom-derived carbohydrates as drivers of bacterial community composition in estuarine sediments'
Haynes, K; Hofmann, T.A; Smith, C.J; Ball, A.S; Underwood, G.J.C; Osborn, A.M. (2007) 'Diatom-derived carbohydrates as drivers of bacterial community composition in estuarine sediments'. Applied And Environmental Microbiology, 73 (19):6112-6124 [Details]
(2007) 'Efficacy of intervention strategies for bioremediation of crude oil in marine systems and effects on indigenous hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria'
McKew, B.A; Coulon, F; Yakimov, M.M; Denaro, R; Genovese, M; Smith, C.J; Osborn, A.M; Timmis, K.N; McGenity, T.J. (2007) 'Efficacy of intervention strategies for bioremediation of crude oil in marine systems and effects on indigenous hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria'. Environmental Microbiology, 9 (6):1562-1571 [Details]
(2006) 'Evaluation of Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (Q-PCR) based approaches for determining gene copy and gene transcript numbers in environmental samples'
Smith, C.J; Nedwell, D.B; Dong, L.F; Osborn, A.M. (2006) 'Evaluation of Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (Q-PCR) based approaches for determining gene copy and gene transcript numbers in environmental samples'. Environmental Microbiology, 8 (5):804-815 [Details]
(2005) 'T-Align, a web based tool for comparison of multiple Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism Profiles'
Smith, C.J; Danilowicz, B.S; Clear, A.K; Costello, F; Wilson, B;Meijer. W.G. (2005) 'T-Align, a web based tool for comparison of multiple Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism Profiles'. Fems Microbiology Ecology, 54 :375-380 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2005) Molecular Microbial Ecology.
A.M. Osborn; C.J. Smith (2005) Molecular Microbial Ecology. Oxford: Taylor and Francis Group. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Real-time PCR approaches for analysis of hydrocarbon-degrading bacterial communities'
McKew, B.A and C.J. Smith (2015) 'Real-time PCR approaches for analysis of hydrocarbon-degrading bacterial communities' In: Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols: Springer Protocols Handbook. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press. [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Functional genes for nitrogen-cycling microbes in oil reservoirs'
Smith, CJ, McKew BA, Coggan, A, Whitby, C. (2015) 'Functional genes for nitrogen-cycling microbes in oil reservoirs' In: Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press. [Details]
(2014) 'APPLICATION OF METAPROTEOMICS TO THE EXPLORATION OF MICROBIAL N-CYCLING COMMUNITIES'
Smith C and Abram F (2014) 'APPLICATION OF METAPROTEOMICS TO THE EXPLORATION OF MICROBIAL N-CYCLING COMMUNITIES' In: Metagenomics of the Nitrogen Cycle. uk: Horizon Scientific Press and Caister Academic Press. [Details]
(2010) 'Real-time PCR approaches for analysis of hydrocarbon-degrading bacterial communities'
McKew, BA; CJ. Smith (2010) 'Real-time PCR approaches for analysis of hydrocarbon-degrading bacterial communities' In: Hydrocarbons, Oils, Lipids, and Derived Compounds. Heidelberg: Springer. [Details]
(2005) 'Quantitative Real Time PCR'
Smith, C.J (2005) 'Quantitative Real Time PCR' In: Molecular Microbial Ecology. Oxford: Taylor and Francis. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2102 SFI-COFUND Starting Investigator Research Grant Fellow Science Foundation Ireland
2015 SFI-ISCA Brazil Travel Award Science Foundation Ireland
2006 Scoiety of General Microbiology Presidents Fund Award Society of General Microbiology
2003 Open Postgraduate Scholarship Award University College Dublin
2000 Travel Grant, Dept. Zoology University College Dublin
2000 President's Research Award University College Dublin
2000 CV Starr Foundation Award CV Starr Foundation

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
American Society for Microbiology Member 01-JUN-02 /
Microbiology Society Member 01-JAN-01 /
International Society for Microbial Ecology member 01-JAN-04 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Lecturer Above-the-Bar, Marine Microbiology 01-AUG-13 /
NUI Galway Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Starting Investigator 01-SEP-12 /
NUI Galway University Fellow (Teaching and Research) Marine Microbiology 01-SEP-10 / 31-AUG-13
Univeristy of Sheffield Research Co-Investigator 01-SEP-06 / 31-MAY-09
Univeristy of Sheffield Postdoctoral Fellow 01-JUN-09 / 01-AUG-10
University of Essex Postdoctoral Fellow 01-SEP-03 / 31-AUG-06

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2004 University College Dublin PhD Marine Microbial Ecology
1999 University College Dublin BSc (Hons) Environmental Biology

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2014 Cathy Abberton Msc Y

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Semester 2 Global Nutrient Cycles and Climate Change BPS5108
Semester 2 Biology BO101 Marine Microbiology
Semester 2 Current Methodologies in Biotechnology BG5102
Semester 1 Self Study Essay MI406
Semester 1 and 2 Specialist Topics in Marine Science MR411 MR411
Semester 2 Molecular Microbial Ecology and Nutrient Cycling MI438
Semester 1 Marine Microbiology MI306

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Prof. Mike Gormally
Molecular Ecology and Microbiology of the Kerry Slug. Metabarcoding to developing rapid invertebrate biodiversity assessment and biomonitoring tools for High Nature Value Farmland
Prof. Martin Feely & Dr. Alexandra Costanzo
Geomicrobiology: Microbes trapped in halite fluid inclusions.
Dr. Richard Fitzgearld & Dr. Majbritt Bolton-Warberg
Eircod: Microbiology of a cod rearing hatchery

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
Dr. Limei Zhang Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences CHINA
Nitrification in coastal sediments
Dr. Helene Agogue LIENSs : Littoral, Environnement et Sociétés CNRS-Université de la Rochelle FRANCE
Nitrogen Cycle in coastal and marine sediments
Dr. P.W.J.J. van der Wielen KWR Watercycle Research Institute NETHERLANDS
GrEW: GRowth of E. coli in drinking Water