Brett Neilan

NHASP - Brett Neilan
Head of School of Environmental and Life Sciences
University of Newcastle

Professor Neilan is an expert in molecular microbiology, genetic and genomic engineering and microbial chemistry. Brett began his research career looking into genetic diseases, like muscular dystrophy, and how they are passed from parents to children. From there, he moved into the environmental microbiology space, investigating the genetic makeup of toxins produced by cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae.  Much of Neilan’s previous work over the past 20 years has focused on the biochemistry of environmental microorganisms, including the genetics of complex biosynthesis and engineering of these pathways to optimise or modify production.