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Thana Noor

Thana came from Iraq to research a new way to treat waste water.

Thana Noor

PhD research

'This new approach should save money and labour so it will be a big improvement.'

What brought you to research at Teesside University?

I’m an international student, from Iraq. I completed a first degree and an MSc in biology at Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, and then lectured for seven years at the same university. Then I competed for and won a government scholarship to complete a PhD in Britain. A friend who had studied at Teesside University recommended it, and when I researched on the web I was attracted by the low cost of living – and of course the expertise of the staff. My English was already good, but I spent a year at the University of Sunderland taking it to a higher level.

What is your research topic?

I’m researching a new technique for waste water treatment by establishing a culture bank of a halophilic actinomycetes that attenuate heavy metal contaminated waste waters. This new approach should save money and labour so it will be a big improvement. I have been researching for a year, the work is going well, and I aim to complete by 2018.

How have you settled in Middlesbrough?

I am living here with my family – a boy who is 10, and girls who are eight and seven. My husband, who runs a business in Iraq, visits when he can, and we have holidays together in Iraq. The children have adapted well, and are in a good school, and so I am happy. I work hard in the lab during the week so the weekend is free to spend time with my children.