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Personal Statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in April 2014 as a Senior Lecturer. I am a microbiologist and radiochemist with extensive experience of research into microbial interactions with radionuclides and metals, working at the interface between microbiology and analytical & radio-chemistry.

My research is mainly focused on understanding how microorganisms can affect the chemistry and transport of radionuclides in the environment. These microbial effects can be exploited to develop novel methods for limiting the migration of radionuclide contaminants in the environment and to treat radioactive wastes.

Other recent research projects have investigated the interactions of silver nanoparticles with bacterial biofilms, remediation of petroleum contaminants and microbial transformations of metals.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge


  • radiochemistry
  • geomicrobiology
  • nuclear decommissioning
  • nuclear waste
  • geological disposal

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Research Output

A systematic study of element mobilisation from gas shales during hydraulic fracturing

Otalega, I., Apte, S. C., King, J., Dobson, K. J., Shipton, Z. K. & Renshaw, J. C., 20 Jun 2020, p. 2002.

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  • Thesis

    Biomineralised hydroxyapatite as a cement coating

    Author: Turner, R., 28 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Hamilton, A. (Supervisor) & Renshaw, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    BBC Radio Scotland Brainwaves Programme “Beyond the Bomb”

    Joanna Renshaw (Recipient)
    Jan 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

    Welsh Government Nuclear Task & Finish Group

    Joanna Renshaw (Consultant)

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy