Professor Claudio Avignone Rossa FRSB

Professor of Systems Microbiology
PhD Biochem Sci, Lic Biochem Sci, BSc Chem (La Plata. Argentina)
+44 (0)1483 686457
06 AX 01

Academic and research departments

School of Biosciences.


Areas of specialism

Microbial Biotechnology; Metabolic Modelling; Microbial Communities; Microbial Electrochemistry

University roles and responsibilities

  • Examination Officer Level 6
  • Admissions Tutor MSc Medical Microbiology

    Affiliations and memberships

    Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
    Member of the Microbiology Society
    Member of the Society for Applied Microbiology
    Member of the International Society of Microbial Electrochemical Technology (ISMET)


    Research interests

    Research projects

    Indicators of esteem

      • UKRI - GCRF Panel Member
      • UKRI - BBSRC  Member of BBSRC Pool of Experts
      • Member, Scientific Committee of the Network of Argentine Scientists in the United Kingdom (Red de Científicos Argentinos en el Reino Unido)
    • Member of the Editorial Board of Applied Microbiology

    MFC cascade Jaime Gonzalez Gutierrez de la Concha



    Publications since 2015

    • Agudelo Escobar et al (2022). A Bioelectrochemical system for waste degradation and energy recovery from industrial coffee wastewater. Front. Chem. Eng. 4:814987. doi: 10.3389/fceng.2022.814987.
    • Rafieenia et al (2022). Integration of microbial electrochemical systems and photocatalysis for sustainable treatment of organic recalcitrant wastewaters: Main mechanisms, recent advances, and present prospects. Science of the Total Environment 824: 153923
    • González et al (2021) Loss of a pyoverdine secondary receptor in Pseudomonas aeruginosa results in a fitter strain suitable for population invasion. The ISME Journal.
    • Yusuf et al (2020). Valorisation of banana peels by hydrothermal carbonisation: Potential use of the hydrochar and liquid by-product for water purification and energy conversion. Biores Technology Rep.
    • Endreny et al (2020) Generating electricity with urban green infrastructure microbial fuel cells. J Cleaner Prod 263,121337.
    • Alfonso-Muniozguren et al (2020) Tertiary treatment of real abattoir wastewater using combined acoustic cavitation and ozonation. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry 64, 104986.
    • Chen et al (2019). Electron communication of Bacillus subtilis in harsh environments. iScience 12, 260–269.
    • Toro Navarro et al (2018). An enhanced genome-scale metabolic reconstruction of Streptomyces clavuligerus identifies novel strain improvement strategies. Bioproc. Biosys. Eng. 41:657–669.
    • Pinilla et al (2018). Streptomyces clavuligerus strain selection for clavulanic acid biosynthesis: a study based on culture composition effects and statistical analysis. Dyna 85:111-118. doi: 10.15446/dyna.v85n205.69560. 
    • Naz et al. (2018). Investigation of the active biofilm communities on polypropylene filter media in a fixed biofilm reactor for wastewater treatment. J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol. doi 10.1002/jctb.5686
    • Menendez-Bravo et al (2017) Identification of FadAB Complexes Involved in Fatty Acid β-Oxidation in Streptomyces coelicolor and Construction of a Triacylglycerol Overproducing strain. Front. Microbiol. 8:1428. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01428
    • Hodgson et al (2016) Segregation of the Anodic Microbial Communities in a Microbial Fuel Cell Cascade. Front. Microbiol. 7, 699.
    • Kim et al (2016) Properties of alternative microbial hosts used in Synthetic Biology: Towards the design of a modular chassis. Essays Biochem 60, 303–313
    • Nez et al (2016). Effect of the Chemical Composition of Filter Media on the Microbial Community in Wastewater Biofilms at Different Temperatures. RSC Adv. 6, 104345 - 104353
    • Grüning et al (2015). Low-potential respirators support electricity production in Microbial Fuel Cells. Microbial Ecol. 70, 266–273

    Previous relevant publications

    • Stratford et al (2014). Anodic microbial community diversity as a predictor of the power output of microbial fuel cells. Biores. Technol. 156, 84–91.
    • Avignone Rossa et al (2013) Systems Biology of antibiotic production in Streptomyces. In: Dubitzky, Wolkenhauer, Cho, Yokota (Eds). Encyclopedia of Systems Biology. Springer, Heidelberg. ISBN 978-1-4419-9862-0
    • Beecroft et al (2012). Dynamic changes in the microbial community composition in microbial fuel cells fed with sucrose. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 93, 423 – 437.
    • Kim et al (2011). Spatiotemporal development of the bacterial community in a tubular longitudinal microbial fuel cell. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 90, 1179 – 1191.
    • Wu et al (2011). A role for microbial palladium nanoparticles in extracellular electron transfer. Angew Chem Int Ed 50, 427 – 430.
    • Gevorgyan et al (2011). SurreyFBA: a command line tool and graphics user interface for constraint-based modeling of genome-scale metabolic reaction networks. Bioinformatics 27(3), 433 – 434.
    • Sroka et al (2011). Acorn: a grid computing system for constraint based modeling and visualization of the genome scale metabolic reaction networks via a web interface. BMC Bioinformatics. 12, 196.
    • Ahmed et al (2011). Metabolomic Profiling Can Differentiate Between Bactericidal Effects of Free and Polymer Bound Halogen. J Appl Polym Sci, 119, 709 – 718.
    • Wu et al (2009). A one-compartment fructose/air biological fuel cell based on direct electron transfer. Biosens Bioelectron 25, 326 – 331
    • Wu et al (2009). Direct electron transfer of glucose oxidase immobilized in an ionic liquid reconstituted cellulose-carbon nanotube matrix, Bioelectrochem 77, 64 – 68
    • Zhao et al (2008). Factors affecting the performance of microbial fuel cells for sulfur pollutants removal. Biosens Bioelectr 24, 1931–1936
    • Efthimiou et al (2008). A novel finding that Streptomyces clavuligerus can produce the antibiotic clavulanic acid using olive oil as a sole carbon source. J Appl Microbiol, 105, 2058-2064.
    • Khannapho et al (2008). Selection of objective function in genome scale flux balance analysis for process feed development in antibiotic production. Metabolic Eng 10, 227 – 233
    • Zhao et al (2008). Activated Carbon Cloth as Anode for Sulfate Removal in a Microbial Fuel Cell. Environ Sci Technol 42, 4971 – 4976