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I am a member of Dr Chris Bryan's research group.  

Dr Viviana Fonti

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


My research focuses on metal-microbes interactions. I am currently involved in a project that aims at applying extremophiles for recovering metals and other material from e-waste and other secondary sources. I am also interested in the microbial ecology of acidic and metal-rich environments and polluted sites.

I am also a member of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Research interests

  • Fe/S oxidizing microbes and their potential application for finding sustainable solution to environmental problems
  • Bioleaching and biohydrometallurgy
  • Metal contaminants in sediment and soils, particularly the effects on microbial populations and bioremediation

‌‌‌‌‌‌Current Projects

CEReS, Co-processing of coal mine and electronic wastes: Novel resources for a sustainable future 



2014 PhD in Marine Biology and Ecology (Universitá Politecnica delle Marche)

2007 MSc in Marine Biology (Universitá Politecnica delle Marche)

2005 BSc in Biology (Universitá Politecnica delle Marche)


2014-2016 PostdoctoralResearch Assistant (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)

2013 Research Fellow, CoNISMA (Ancona, Italy)

2008-2009 Marine biologist, Ecotechsystems ltd (Ancona, Italy)

2007-2009 Research Assistant (Università degli Studi dell’Aquila and Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)


Contact details

Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 2.03
Address University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE