Postdoctoral Research Associate Ulster University
Dr. Felicity Currie joined The Microbial Biotechnology Research Group at Ulster University where she leads our research into the microbial production of propane. Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) – a mixture of propane and butane traditionally derived from oil refining – is an essential off-grid fuel source for rural communities and business. Biopropane is a ‘drop-in’ biofuel that could decarbonise European energy needs, achieving up to 80% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to fossil LPG
Felicity holds an honours degree in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, an MSc in Chemoinformatics, and a PhD in Microbial Metabolomics. Following graduation, Felicity worked for an extended period at the National Centre for Biological Standards and Control, where she studied the carbohydrate chemistry of microbial capsular polysaccharides and lipopolysaccharides, which are components of vaccines. This was followed by a period in industry, working with Xenova Ltd., in natural products research. Following her PhD, Felicity held a post-doctoral research post at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, where she established the MS and data analysis pipeline for biomarker discovery studies in infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis and Malaria. Her current research focuses on identifying naturally-occurring microbial pathways for propane biosynthesis, and fermentation optimization for a commercially viable route to biopropane production.
Away from microbiology Dr. Currie is a keen sailor and ornithologist, in her spare time volunteering at The RSPB Bird Centre on Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland.