In recent years cross-discipline research areas have been instigated between the Civil Engineering subject group, Built Environment, and the Microbiology Unit, in Health and Human Sciences at Leeds Met. Joint projects have focused on assessing novel forms of bioremediation together developing economical, sustainable ways to improve the drinking water quality for rural villagers in developing countries, i.e. to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This link has enabled laboratory facilities, within Leeds Met, to capitalise on to form novel research and development elements and to publish work across subject boundaries.
The Microbiology Unit consists of a suite of laboratories including three teaching laboratories, one large research/consultancy laboratory and two smaller research laboratories, along with the usual ancillary spaces for media preparation, sterilisation and waste disposal, and two sterile rooms. The unit is well equipped for performing standard microbiology techniques but also has specialised equipment for rapid detection of microorganisms using conductance or bioluminescence. The unit is also well equipped for performing molecular biology techniques, such as real time PCR, WAVE HPLC and gel documentation.