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Caroline Orr

01642 342553
Job title:
Principal Lecturer (Staff and Resources)
School of Science, Engineering & Design
Science, Engineering and Design research

About Caroline Orr

Caroline Orr

Caroline Orr
Principal Lecturer (Staff and Resources), School of Science, Engineering & Design
T: 01642 342553
Research: Science, Engineering and Design research

Dr Orr studied a degree in Biotechnology at Northumbria University where she received first class honours and the Avecia prize for Biotechnology. Caroline then went on to gain a PhD in Molecular Biology from Northumbria University. This was co-funded by Northumbria and Newcastle Universities as well as the EU. Caroline’s PhD involved using many molecular biology techniques to understand bacterial communities residing in agricultural soils and the impacts they may have on the nitrogen cycle. Caroline then completed postdoctoral positions at both Northumbria and Newcastle Universities before taking up a teaching position at Teesside in 2011.

At Teesside University Caroline teaches on a range of modules at extended, undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is module Leader for: Experimental Methods for Science; Environmental Biotechnology; and Analytical Methods.

Research interests

Alongside teaching Caroline is active in research and collaborates with Northumbria and Newcastle University as well as local industrial partners. Caroline has published in peer reviewed journals of international quality and is a member of the Society for General Microbiology.

Caroline’s expertise and interests include:

  • Studying function and activity of prokaryotic communities within environmental samples
  • Metagenomic/Deep DNA sequencing analysis of nucleic acids extracted from environmental samples
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Microbial Biodiversity
  • Bioprospecting of environments for microorganisms which could be relevant to industry


Selected publications

Orr, C.H., Leifert, C., Cummings, S.P. & Cooper, J. (2012) ‘Impacts of organic and conventional crop management on diversity and activity of free-living nitrogen fixing bacteria and total bacteria are subsidiary to temporal effects’, PLOS One. In Press.

Tétard-Jones, C., Shotton, P., Rempelos, L., Cooper, J., Eyre, M., Orr, C.H., Leifert, C. & Gatehouse, A.M.R. (2012) ‘Quantitative proteomics to study the response of wheat to contrasting fertilisation regimes’, Molecular Breeding. In Press. DOI: 10.1007/s11032-012-9796-6

Rempelos, L., Tétard-Jones, C., Cooper, J., Wilcockson, S. Eyre, M., Shotton, P., Volakakis, N., Orr, C.H., & Gatehouse, A.M.R. (2012) ‘Quantitative proteomics to study the response of potato to contrasting fertilisation regimes’, Molecular Breeding. In Press. DOI: 10.1007/s11032-012-9795-7

Orr, C.H., James, A., Leifert, C., Cooper, J.M., & Cummings, S.P. (2011) ‘Diversity and activity of free-living nitrogen fixing bacteria and total bacteria in organic and conventionally managed soil’ Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77 (3), pp. 911-919.

Cummings, S. P. and Orr, C. (2010) The role of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria in sustainable and low input graminaceous crop production. In: D. K. Maheshwari (ed.) Plant Growth and Health Promoting Bacteria, Microbiology Monographs (Vol 18). Springer. Heidleberg , Germany. pp 297-317.

Cummings, S. P., Gyaneshwar, P., Vinuesa, P., Farruggia, F. T., Andrews, M., Humphry, D., Elliott, G. N., Nelson, A., Orr, C., Pettitt, D., Shah, G. R., Santos, S. R., Krishnan, H. B., Odee, D., Moreira, F. M. S., Sprent, J. I., Young, J. P. W. & James, E. K. (2009) 'Nodulation of Sesbania species by Rhizobium (Agrobacterium) strain IRBG74 and other rhizobia', Environmental Microbiology, 11 (10), pp. 2510-2525.
Orr, C., James, A., Cummings, S. P., Leifert, C. & Cooper, J. (2009) 'The effect of organic and conventional farming practices on the soil microbial community carbon substrate utilization', International Conference on Positive Plant Microbial Interactions in Relation to Plant Performance and Ecosystem Function. Grantham, UK. 16-19 December 2009. Warwick, UK.: the Association of Applied Biologists, pp. 67-74.

View Caroline Orr's Publications on TeesRep