Fellow: T Ngwenya
Elected: 2022
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Professor Bryne T Ngwenya
University of Edinburgh
Professor Bryne Ngwenya conducts fundamental research in understanding relationships between bacteria and their environment as a basis for predicting human-environment interactions. His work has revealed the strategies by which bacteria detoxify environmental pollutants, including pioneering a new model of how bacteria confer plant resistance to metal toxicity. This model underpins new methods for using plants to extract toxic metals from contaminated environments, a major strategic issue for industrialised countries. He is passionately committed to public service; having served as a Trustee of the Geological Society, and being a founding member of the EDI Committee of the European Association of Geochemistry.