Professor James Prosser

Professor James Prosser

Chair in Molecular & Cell Biology

Professor James Prosser
Professor James Prosser

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Biological Sciences University of Aberdeen Cruickshank Building St Machar Drive Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3UU United Kingdom Office +44 1224 273254, FAX +44 1224 272703, Modbile +44 7802 959364

Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Nitrous Oxide Research Alliance (NORA)

Nitrification Network



Research Interests

Microorganisms perform and control the fundamental processes required for the global cycling of nutrients and sustainability of ecosystems. However, we are relatively ignorant of the ways in which they grow and survive in natural environments and of the factors controlling microbial species diversity and community structure. Research within my group utilises a range of molecular and traditional techniques applied to laboratory, microcosm, field systems to investigate and determine these controlling factors.

Current Research

Axel Aigle               Functional redundancy in soil ammonia oxidisers

Eva Weber              The physiology and ecosystem function of uncultivated Thaumarchaeota

Linda Hink              Nitrous oxide production by soil ammonia oxidisers

Marcus Bello           The effects of drought on archaeal and bacterial ammonia oxidisers

Heather Richmond   Cultivation and preservation of ammonia and nitrite oxidisers



Professor Lars Bakken, Department of Soil and Water Science, Agricultural University of Norway, Ås, Norway 

Cécile Gubry-Rangin, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

Professor Ji-Zheng He, Chinese Academy of Sciences Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Research, Beijing 

Dr Ines Mandic-Mulec, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana 

Dr Graeme Nicol, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

Professor Christa Schleper, Department of Genetics in Ecology, University of Vienna, Vienna 


Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Biology
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
  • Honorary Degree Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Ljubljana
  • Director, NCIMB Ltd
  • Francis Clark Distinguished Lecture in Soil Biology (2007)
  • James Russell Lecture (2009)
  • West Riding Lecture in Microbiology, University of Sheffield (2018)
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow (2011-2013)
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the DSMZ

Editorial Duties

Learned Societies



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