Dr. L.A. (Lesley) Robertson CBiol FIBiol

T: +31 15 27 82421
E: L.A.Robertson@remove-this.tudelft.nl

Room .150
Julianalaan 67
2628 BC Delft
The Netherlands





  • 1990-present
    Curator of the Delft School of Microbiology Archives, Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
  • 1997- present
    Biological Safety Officer, Faculty of Applies Sciences, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 1988
    PhD Chemical Technology, Delft University of Technology, 'Aerobic denitrification and heterotrophic nitrification in Thiosphaera pantotropha and other bacteria'
  • 1987
    MSc University of Wales (Cardiff), 'Microbiology of sulphide oxidation in a denitrifying wastewater system'
  • 1981- 1997
    Microbiology of nitrogen and sulphur cycling in wastewater treatment, Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 1979-1981
    Bacterial enrichments in methanol oxidizing continuous cultures, Department Microbiology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 1974 -1979
    Defective phages of the genus Bacillus and the Custers Effect in Brettanomyces and Kluyveromyces species, Department Microbiology, Delft University of Technology, The netherlands.
  • 1972
    M.I.Biol. Polytechnic of the South Bank, London.
  • 1967-1974
    Product research, semisynthetic penicillins, Beecham Research Laboratories, Worthing, Sussex, England

Research interests

  • History of the work of Professors Beijerinck, van Iterson and Kluyver and the Delft School of Microbiology
  • Teaching methods for microbiology practicals in Universities and Schools

Teaching activities

  • First year general microbiology practicals
  • BioSafety education at all levels

Key publications

  • Robertson, L.A. (2008) Handbook for Biosafety at Delft University of Technology. Department of Biotechnology, TU Delft.
  • Robertson, L.A. (2003) The Delft School of Microbiology, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Advances in Applied Microbiology, 52, pp. 357-388.
  • Kuenen, J.G., Robertson, L.A. (1994) Combined nitrification-denitrification processes. FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 15 (2-3), pp. 109-117.
  • Kuenen, J.G. and L.A. Robertson (1993) The colorless sulfur-oxidizing bacteria. In: Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, 9th edition (J.J.G. Holt, N.R. Krieg, P.H.A. Sneath, J.T. Staley and S.T. Williams, eds.). Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore pp. 427-438.
  • Robertson, L.A., Kuenen, J.G. (1984) Aerobic denitrification - Old wine in new bottles? Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology, 50 (5-6), pp. 525-544.

Robertson's complete list of output (pdf) 



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