Dr Charles Knapp

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

Dr. Knapp is Director of Postgraduate Studies and Distance Learning,  and active researcher in the "Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health" (WESP) research centre.

Think you can live without microbes?  Wanna take that challenge?

Microorganisms are omnipresent and capable of impacting the entire biosphere. They, especially the bacteria, are highly diverse in terms of structure and function, and they can play a major role in cycling of nutrients, remediation of contamination, and public health. Unfortunately, many people often overlook the ecological interactions within the microbial communities that support the process. Understanding these interactions require knowledge of the distribution and abundance of organisms and their interactions in an environmental setting. Further, it requires analytical tools to examine microbial organisms in an effective and timely fashion. Fortunately, high throughput culture-independent molecular methods are allowing researchers to quantitatively monitor these interactions. My research interest involves the integration of state-of-the-art microbiological measurement technologies and ecological principles into the realm of environmental protection and sustainability.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    Research themes:

    • Antibiotic resistance in the environment
    • Antimicrobial resistance
    • Susceptibility assays
    • Biological indicators of environmental pollution
    • Microbiological community stability in engineered and natural systems
    • Eco-toxicology, bioremediation
    • Outdoor, microcosm/mesocosm experimental systems

    Routine research services

    • DNA/RNA analyses
    • PCR (polymerase chain reaction)
    • Genetic probe design (primer design)
    • Community analysis (sequencing, DGGE)
    • Biological assessments of soil, sediment and water
    • Molecular and microbiological techniques
    • Phytoplankton, algae
    • Bacteria
    • Micro-invertebrates
    • Water quality monitoring
    • Soil quality determinations
    • Wastewater analysis

    Advance Statistics

    • Descriptor / inferential 
    • Multi-parametric analyses
    • Non-parametric analyses
    • Community analyses

Prizes and awards

Researcher Development Programme Supervisor, 2017-18 - Nominated
Recipient
19/6/2018
Teaching Excellence Awards - Nominated
Recipient
11/5/2018
Teaching Excellence Awards - Shortlisted "Best in Faculty"
Recipient
5/2016
Teaching Excellence Awards - Shortlisted "Best in Faculty"
Recipient
14/5/2015
Teaching Excellence Awards (2014) -- Shortlisted "Best Overall Supportive Teacher"
Recipient
2014
“Best Environmental Science Paper of 2009”, Runner-up; Environmental Science and Technology 
Recipient
2/2010

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Qualifications

Work Experience

Additional Qualifications:

  • 2015 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 

Publications

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products' (PPCPs) impact on enriched nitrifying cultures
Lopez Carla, Nnorom Mac-Anthony, Tsang Yiu Fai, Knapp Charles W
Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-021-14696-7
Electrochemical sensing of SARS-CoV-2 amplicons with PCB electrodes
Kumar M S, Nandeshwar Ruchira, Lad Shailesh B, Megha Kirti, Mangat Maheshwar, Butterworth Adrian, Knapp Charles W, Knapp Mara, Hoskisson Paul A, Corrigan Damion K, Ward Andrew C, Kondabagil Kiran, Tallur Siddharth
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical (2021)
Towards a general model for predicting minimal metal concentrations co-selecting for antibiotic resistance plasmids
Arya Sankalp, Williams Alexander, Vazquez Reina Saul, Knapp Charles W, Kreft Jan-Ulrich, Hobman Jon L, Stekel Dov J
Environmental Pollution Vol 275 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2021.116602
War, antimicrobial resistance, and Acinetobacter baumannii (WAMRA)
Abou Fayad A, El Diwachi O, Haraoui LP, Abu Sitta G, Nguyen V-K, Abbara A, Landecker H, Karah N, Knapp C, McEvoy M, Zamman M, Higgins P, Matar G
International Journal of Infectious Diseases Vol 101, pp. 87-88 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2020.09.255
In silico mapping of microbial communities and stress responses in a porcine slaughterhouse and pork products through its production chain, and the efficacy of HLE disinfectant
Campos Calero Guillermo, Gómez Natacha Cabellero, Lavilla Lerma Leyre, Benomar Nabil, Knapp Charles W, Abriouel Hikmate
Food Research International Vol 136 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2020.109486
The interweaving roles of mineral and microbiome in shaping the antibacterial activity of archaeological medicinal clays
Christidis GE, Knapp CW, Venieri D, Gounaki I, Elgy C, Valsami-Jones E, Photos-Jones E
Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol 260 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2020.112894

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Teaching

Management roles:

Courses taught:

  • Water & Wastewater Treatment Design (CL447 + CL978)
  • Principles of Environmental Microbiology (CL430 + CL948)
  • Pollution and the Rehabilitation of Degraded Ecosystems (CL431 + EV908)
  • Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry (CL973, contributor)

Awards:

  • 2018 - Teaching Excellence Awards, nominated
  • 2016 - Teaching Excellence Awards, shortlisted Best in Faculty.
  • 2015 - Teaching Excellence Awards, shortlisted Best in Faculty.
  • 2015 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • 2014 - Teaching Excellence Awards, shortlisted Overall Best Supportive Teacher

International courses

  • Gdansk University of Technology (Poland), Inter-Applied Chemistry (2020)
  • Rajamangala University of Technology-Krungthep (Thailand), International School (2020)
  • Gdansk University of Technology (Poland, 2018)
  • Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Department of Civil Engineering (India, 2017)
  • Gdansk University of Technology (Poland, 2014-15)

Research interests

  1. Environmental Microbiology
  2. Eco-toxicology
  3. Soil & Water Quality
  4. Antibiotic resistance in the environment

Microorganisms are omnipresent and capable of impacting the entire biosphere. They, especially the bacteria, are highly diverse in terms of structure and function, and they can play a major role in cycling of nutrients, remediation of contamination, and public health. My research interest involves the integration of state-of-the-art microbiological measurement technologies and ecological principles into the realm of environmental protection and sustainability.

Some on-going projects: 

Team DAGGAR - Dangerous and Growing Globally, Antimicrobial Resistance. 

Work related to antimicrobial resistance evolved from pharmaceutical eco-toxicology with the development of microbial-community endpoints. This work resulted in international exposure and award-winning publications. International collaborations include researchers and government/policy agencies in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Cuba, Denmark and The Netherlands. Research focus has been to quantitatively measure resistance genes and antibiotics in the environment; it extends previous qualitative observations to a predictive level aimed at solving practical problems.  The investigations of PEC (pollutants of emerging concern) continue, as it remains a contemporary international problem.

Team ARMOR – Antimicrobial Resistance May Offer Resilience? (stability and resilience of microbial communities and performance during pollution stress). 

Microbial community dynamics are examined in response to contaminant exposure in engineered bioreactors. The research endeavours to find processes that are ecologically resilient and economically robust to avoid major investment in a new (or upgraded) treatment process as new regulations emerge.

GR-AMS - Greco-Roman Antimicrobial Minerals.  Multi-disciplinary, collaborative project.

Professional activities

Invited Lectures: Wastewater & water treatment: water resource management
Speaker
7/10/2020
Gdańsk University of Technology
Visiting researcher
10/2020
Honorary Senior Lecturer (U. Glasgow)
Recipient
15/4/2020
Invited Lecture: Wastewater & water treatment: implications on antimicrobial resistance
Speaker
2/3/2020
Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep
Visiting researcher
27/2/2020
Iqaluit, Nunavut - sampling expedition
Participant
6/8/2019

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Projects

Scotland-India Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment Network (SIAMREN)
Ward, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator)
23-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Identification of sensor targets for low cost soil fertility assessment
Ward, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator)
09-Jan-2020 - 08-Jan-2021
Monitoring of PAHs and heavy metals in sediments industrial estuaries
Knapp, Charles (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems | Hall, Rebecca
João, Elsa (Principal Investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator) Hall, Rebecca (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Hall, Rebecca
João, Elsa (Principal Investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator) Hall, Rebecca (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Tonner, Rebecca
Knapp, Charles (Principal Investigator) Phoenix, Vernon (Co-investigator) Tonner, Rebecca (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2020

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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