My first degree was in Applied Biology (Biotechnology) with my second degree in the field of anaerobic digestion. My research activities are directed at optimizing mixed microbial cultures for the production of energy or other products from low grade biomass resources. Essentially, I develop processes using bacteria to convert stuff that nobody really wants to materials that people do want, whilst keeping the bacteria reasonably happy. These products include energy vectors such as hydrogen and methane or electrons and other products such as volatile fatty acids and bioplastics. I have received funding as investigator from the EPSRC, BBSRC, and NERC, was funded in the EPSRC Hydrogen SUPERGEN projects and was the scientist in charge of a FP6 Marie Curie project. I have supervised over 15 PhD students to completion. I have over 80 international peer reviewed journal papers and an H Factor of 30.