Staff profile

Dr David Elliott

Associate Professor in Microbiology

Dr David Elliott sampling soil in central Australia


Biology and Zoology, Biomedical Science and Human Biology


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Environmental Sciences

Research centre

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am an Associate Professor in Microbiology with broad interests covering clinical, technological, environmental, and theoretical topics. I teach microbiology and my research is focused on understanding microbial communities in soil. These topics are all supported by current advances in molecular biology, especially high-throughput DNA sequencing and bio-informatics.

Teaching responsibilities

Research interests

My major interest is the study of microbial communities and their interactions with the environment. I try to find out why microbes live in particular places and what function they have there. This includes all sorts of environments including:

PhD supervision (current)

PhD supervision (completed)

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

International experience

Additional interests and activities

I lead on digital skills for School of Environmental Sciences as I have long standing interest and expertise in computers. 

Recent publications

Journal papers

Please check my websiteGoogle Scholar and Researchgate for more publications and links to full text.

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