Linnaeus University is situated in the Småland region of Sweden and is the result of a merger between Kalmar University and Växjö University. With 35,000 students and 2,000 employees, Linnaeus University is one of the larger universities in Sweden. With its close proximity to the coast and the Baltic Sea, the Kalmar site is noted for its prominent research in the natural sciences. The School of Natural Sciences is part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The research activities within this multidisciplinary school include the areas of microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, organic chemistry, and marine ecology.
Mark Dopson has 17 years research experience into acidophile microbiology first at Umeå
University, Sweden and then recently at Linnaeus University. The research areas studied include acidophile physiology, ecology, and biotechnological applications. Specific topics relevant to the research proposal include substrate utilization for growth, electron transfer, biofilm development, pH homeostasis, and metal resistance. All of these knowledge areas will be required for successful implementation of the research proposal. Mark Dopson will lead WP1