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I am a microbiologist with a passion for carbohydrates and their role in biology; I am particularly interested in finding out how microbes degrade complex carbohydrates. I became fascinated by carbohydrate active enzymes while pursuing my PhD in microbial physiology at the University of Groningen. There I combined biochemistry with fungal genetics to study how enzymes degraded complex sugars in fungal cell walls. As postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nottingham I investigated how fungi regulate their gene expression and produce enzymes to degrade complex carbohydrates in plant cell wall lignocellulose. Funded by a BBSRC Fellowship, I then moved to the University of Manchester where I investigating how fungi, via their enzymes, affect the properties of plant material. I applied surface analysis tools to characterise changes in insoluble lignocellulose and combined this with detailed characterisation of the responsible enzyme activities. This work aimed to understand of how the fungal enzymatic machinery deconstructs plant biomass, a prerequisite for improving exploitation in sustainable biotechnology. At SRUC my research focusses on plant biomass degradation by anaerobic fungi that are part of the ruminant microbiome.
PhD, University of Groningen
2008 → 2012
Award Date: 22 Sep 2014
Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, University of Manchester
Aug 2020 → Aug 2021
Frontiers in fungal biology
Jun 2020 → …
Aug 2017 → …
- Q Science (General)
- plant biomass degradation
- QD Chemistry
- carbohydrate active enzymes
- SF Animal culture
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A promiscuous glycosyltransferase generates poly-β-1,4-glucan derivatives that facilitate mass spectrometry-based detection of cellulolytic enzymesBulmer, G. S., Mattey, A. P., Parmeggiani, F., Williams, R., Ledru, H., Marchesi, A., Seibt, L. S., Both, P., Huang, K., Galan, M. C., Flitsch, S. L., Green, A. P. & van Munster, J. M., 1 Jun 2021, (First published) In: Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. 19, 25, p. 5529-5533 5 p.
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Bulmer, G. S., de Andrade, P., Field, R. A. & van Munster, J. M., Oct 2021, In: Carbohydrate Research. 508, 108411.
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& 7 others, , 2 Apr 2020, (First published) In: Fungal Biology and Biotechnology. 7, 1, p. 5 5.
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Succession of physiological stages hallmarks the transcriptomic response of the fungus Aspergillus niger to lignocellulosevan Munster, J. M., Daly, P., Blythe, M. J., Ibbett, R., Kokolski, M., Gaddipati, S., Lindquist, E., Singan, V. R., Barry, K. W., Lipzen, A., Ngan, C. Y., Petzold, C. J., Chan, L. J. G., Arvas, M., Raulo, R., Pullan, S. T., Delmas, S., Grigoriev, I. V., Tucker, G. A., Simmons, B. A. & 1 others, , 13 Apr 2020, (First published) In: Biotechnology for Biofuels. 13, 69.
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Enzymatic synthesis of N-acetyllactosamine from lactose enabled by recombinant β1,4-galactosyltransferasesHuang, K., Parmeggiani, F., Ledru, H., Hollingsworth, K., Mas Pons, J., Marchesi, A., Both, P., Mattey, A. P., Pallister, E., Bulmer, G. S., van Munster, J. M., Turnbull, W. B., Galan, M. C. & Flitsch, S. L., 30 May 2019, (First published) In: Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. 17, 24, p. 5920-5924 5 p.
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