Michael Norman

Project: Genetic mapping of the MtrC protein in Shewanella.
Supervisor: Dr Tom Clarke

From a young age I was fascinated by microorganisms and how such small organisms play a vital role in all of our lives. This interest was furthered during my A-level studies when I was taught about the massive diversity of microbes and the range of bio-industrial uses they have.

I completed my BSc in microbiology at the University of East Anglia, a university with real emphasis on current research especially in the field of microbiology. I undertook a summer project, at the end of my second year of university, and this opened my eyes to real practical applications of microbiology aside from in the medical field.

During the final year of my undergraduate degree, I looked into doctoral study as a way of being involved in new research as it was discovered. The attraction of making my own discoveries was the final deciding point which led me to apply for a position at UEA where I work with like-minded individuals.

My project looks at the MtrC protein in Shewanella species and using molecular techniques to alter its structure allowing its role in metal respiration to be better understood.