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Eulyn Pagaling

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental Microbiologist
eulyn.pagaling@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Dr Eulyn Pagaling is an Environmental Microbiologist in the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences Department. She was awarded her PhD in Environmental Microbiology in 2008 from the University of Leicester, where she investigated the microbial ecology of salt lakes and hot spring microbial mats in China, including the discovery of novel viruses that infect Halorubrum kocurii. She undertook a postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh, where she used the Winogradsky column as a model system to investigate factors affecting microbial community assembly and microbial community composition. She then moved to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, taking up a position in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where she was involved in various projects on microbial ecology in natural and engineered environments such as anaerobic digesters, microbial fuel cells and municipal sewage systems. She received her appointment at the James Hutton Institute in 2015. Her research focuses on (emerging) environmental contaminants, including pathogens and faecal indicator organisms, antimicrobial resistance, pharmaceuticals and microplastics. This research includes determining sources and transmission pathways; understanding mechanisms involved in transmission; understanding how contaminants can interact with each other and with the environment. She also has a keen interest in the discovery of novel antimicrobials from soil.

Current research interests

Antimicrobial Resistance

  • MDT: COVID19: Has mass societal behaviour change left any underlying effects for the River Dee? (This project investigated the effects of increased pharmaceutical use during lockdown on antimicrobial resistance in the River Dee).
  • NERC UK-India water quality (NE/R003270/1): Antimicrobial resistance and pollutants: interactive studies and novel sensor technologies.
  • NERC (project integration fund via University of Bristol): The emergence of hot-spots of ESBL and carbapenemase genes in Scottish soils.
  • RESAS: The temporal and spatial variation of antimicrobial resistance in agricultural catchments in Scotland.
  • PhD studentship (MRC DTP in Precision Medicine): Antimicrobial resistance gene persistence in wastewater treatment systems, the natural environment and patient samples (Co-supervisor, collaboration with the University of Edinburgh).

Pathogens and Faecal Indicator Organisms

  • SULSA: Low-cost sensor technology to enable end-user testing of drinking water quality: paper-based microfluidics for the detection of faecal indicator organisms.
  • RESAS: Spatial and temporal variation of faecal pollution in surface water using microbial source tracking tools.
  • RESAS: Identification of environmental reservoirs of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (Map).
  • PhD studentship (BBSRC EASTBIO): Effect of nematode and Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis infections on the ovine intestinal microbiome (Primary supervisor, collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and Moredun Research Institute).

Pharmaceuticals and Microplastics

  • Hutton seedcorn: Green waste – friend or foe? Microplastic contamination of arable soil from municipal compost.
  • PhD studentship (Macaulay Development Trust): Determining the spatial and temporal distribution of macro- and micro-plastics in soil and their impact on soil function (Primary supervisor, collaboration with Robert Gordon University).
  • PhD studentship (Hydro Nation): Engineering microbial communities to remove pharmaceutical waste from wastewater and waterways (Co-supervisor, collaboration with the University of Edinburgh).

Past research

  • SEFARI: The transport, fate and impact of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Scotland, 2020.
  • Hutton seedcorn: Antimicrobial peptide discovery from soil using metagenomics (ADUM), 2019-2020.
  • CREW: Reduction of pharmaceuticals in the water environment: baseline assessment and recommendations, 2018-2020.
  • CREW: Monitoring techniques and sampling strategies to identify the most significant sources of FIO within a catchment, 2018-2019.
  • SULSA: The effect of drinking water treatment on antimicrobial resistance, 2018-2019.
  • SULSA: Microbial microfluidic drug discovery – 21st Century innovation to accelerate the Fleming antibiotic discovery pipeline, 2018-2019.
  • Hutton seedcorn: Virus detection in water using Nanopore sequencing: application to water quality assessment (WATVIRUS), 2018-2019.
  • Scottish Government: Stockholm model of wise use of medicines: workshop, management and report, 2018.
  • NERC (NE/N020626/1): Quantifying spatial antimicrobial resistance patterns across urban and rural landscapes, 2016-2018.
  • RESAS Innovation: Multi-species meat test, 2016-2018.
  • European Commission CORDIS Project: Aquavalens – Protecting the health of Europeans by improving methods for the detection of pathogens in drinking water and water used in food preparation, 2013-2018.

Studentships

  • BBSRC EASTBIO: Resolving the conflict between demands on organic wastes in rural Ethiopia: optimum solutions for food, energy and water security, 2016-2021. (Co-supervisor, collaboration with the University of Aberdeen. This project involved investigating AMR gene removal from organic wastes using anaerobic digesters).

Bibliography

  • Helwig, K.; Aderemi, A.; Donnelly, D.; Gibb, S.; Gozdzielewska, L.; Harrower, J.; Helliwell, R.C.; Hunter, C.; Niemi, L.; Pagaling, E.; Price, L.; Roberts, J.; Zhang, Z. (2021) Pharmaceuticals in the water environment: baseline assessment and recommendations., Research Summary Report on CREW Website, 16 February 2021, 3pp.
  • Akoumianaki, I.; Pagaling, E.; Coull, M.; Avery, L.; Potts, J. (2020) Review of monitoring techniques and sampling strategies to identify the most significant sources of faecal indicator organisms (FIO) within a catchment., CREW Report, CRW2018_14, 51pp.
  • Akoumianaki, I.; Pagaling, E.; Coull, M.; Avery, L.; Potts, J. (2018) Review of monitoring techniques and sampling strategies to identify the most significant sources of faecal indicator organisms (FIO) within a catchment., Final Project Meeting, CREW Report2018_14.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Pagaling, E. (2018) Stockholm Wise List learning journey - pharmaceutical "waste" and carbon emissions., Contract Report, 22pp.
  • Teagasc, IST, Pagaling, E.; Abel, C.; Avery, L.; Belgrade, University of Surrey, City Analysts Ltd, GPS, Desing, Fruit and Veggies (2018) Suitability of novel technologies for determining irrigation, processing and bottled water quality. Deliverable 12.3., Technical report for the European Commission CORDIS Project, Aquavalens, Cluster 3, WP12: Food production - Water used in Food Processing and Bottled Waters, Deliverable 12.3.
  • Avery, L.; Pagling, E.; Wyness, A. (2017) Exploring water DNA: Our strategy for exploiting the National Waters Inventory for Scotland DNA archive., Report to Scottish Government, March 2017.
  • Lopez-Aviles, A.; Pedley, S.; Freire, M.; Monteiro, S.; Santos, R.; Pagling, E.; Abel, C.; Avery, L.; Allan, R.; Smigic, N.; Rajkovic, A.; Udovicki, B. (2017) Deliverable D11.7 Report of users? perceptions and expectations of technologies for rapid microbial analysis., Report for Aquavalens Project, 31 August 2017, 55pp.
  • Pagaling, E.; Avery, L. (2017) Review of approaches for microbial source tracking (MST) in waters., Report to RESAS RD 1.2.1
  • Avery, L.; Pagaling, E.; Wyness, A. (2017) Exploring water DNA: Our strategy for exploiting the National Waters Inventory for Scotland DNA archive., Report for RESAS RD 1.2.1
  • Puigdomenech, C.; Juarez, R.; Baquero, D.; Pla, A.; Saucedo, G.; Arnedo, M.J.; Hugler, M.; Hambsch, B.; Pitchers, R.; Eglitis, J.; Avery, L.; Pagaling, E.; Abel, C.; Allan, R.; Lindhardt, B.; Christiansen, M.P.; Albrechtsen, H.J.; Wagner, F.; Jensen, M.M.; Blanco, A.; Fuentes, C.; Bosch, A.; Appels, J.; Muhlhahn, P.; Beimfohr, C.; Martinez-Murcia, A.; Navarro, A. (2017) Deliverable D10.4: Report on the results of the analysis in the distribution network., Technical Report for the European Commission CORDIS Project, Aquavalens, Cluster 3, WP10: Large systems - Pathogen Detection in Large Scale Water Supplies across Europe, Deliverable D10.4.
  • Lopez-Aviles, A.; Pedley, S.; Monteiro, S.; Santos, R.; Pagaling, E.; Abel, C.; Avery, L.; Allan, R.; Smigic, N.; Rajkovic, A.; Udovicki, B. (2017) Report accompanying Deliverable 11.6. Database of microbiological results, sanitary survey, health and environmental data for analysis., Technical Report for the European Commission CORDIS Project, Aquavalens, Cluster 3, WP11: Small Systems: Pathogen Detection in Small Water Supplies across Europe, Deliverable 11.6., 57pp.
  • Puigdomenech, C.; Juarez, R.; Baquero, D.; Pla, A.; Saucedo, G.; Arnedo, M.J.; Hugler, M.; Stange, C.; Hambsch, B.; Pitchers, R.; Gonzalez Fontan, L.; Eglitis, J.; Avery, L.; Pagaling, E.; Abel, C.; Allan, R.; Lindhardt, B.; Christiansen, M.P.; Albrechtsen, H.-J.; Wagner, F.B.; Lee, C.O.; Jensen, M.M.; Blanco, A.; Fuentes, C.; Bosch, A.; Appels, J.; Muhlhahn, P.; Martinez-Murcia, A.; Navarro, A. (2017) Aquavalens Project - Report on the results of the analysis in the DWTP: Deliverable D10.3., Technical report for the European Commission CORDIS project, Aquavalens, Cluster 3, WP10: Large systems - Pathogen detection in large scale water supplies across Europe, Deliverable D10.3.
  • Avery, L.M.; Pagaling, E.; Abel, C.; Allan, R.; Saucedo, G.; Arnedo, M.J.; Puigdomenech, C.; Juarez, R.; Baquero, D.; Pla, A.; Albrechtsen, H-J.; Lee, C.O.; Jensen, M.M.; Hambsch, B.; Hugler, M.; Eglitis, J.; Pitchers, R. (2017) Report on the evaluation of data in comparison to "classical" data. Deliverable 10.5., Technical Report for the European Commission CORDIS project, Aquavalens, Cluster 3, WP10: Large systems - Pathogen detection in large scale water supplies across Europe, Deliverable D10.5.

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