Jesse Harrison

Expertise: Environmental microbiology, microbial ecology
Affiliation: University of Vienna, Austria (from November 2015)
Certification/Education: PhD (2012), The University of Sheffield, UK
MBiolSci (2008), The University of Sheffield, UK

BASALT Research Objectives

Phylogenetic analysis and interpretation of sequencing data


Jesse Harrison is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna (Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science), where his work focuses on single-cell microbial ecology. Prior to this, he completed a 3-year postdoctoral position at the UK Centre for Astrobiology (UKCA, University of Edinburgh). While at the UKCA, Jesse’s research investigated the habitability of extreme environments (and, in particular, environments characterized by multiple extremes). He received his PhD in environmental microbiology and infrared microspectroscopy from the University of Sheffield in 2012. He was also awarded a MBiolSci degree in conservation biology and biodiversity science in 2008 (1st Class Hons, University of Sheffield).

During 2015, Jesse has served as a member of the AstRoMap European Astrobiology Roadmap team (see Further to astrobiology, his research background has included pollution microbiology and developing improved methods to detect microplastic contaminants in the environment.