Dr Linda Percy

Senior Lecturer

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115 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6UW

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Dr Linda Percy graduated with a BSc in Zoology from University College London in 1998, where she developed a keen interest in protists, studying Eimeria tenella for her final year project. Although being brought up in central London, from inspiring lectures on her degree course she became interested in aquatic biology, which was further driven by excursions to the coast for SCUBA diving. Linda then went on to study for an MSc in Oceanography at the School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton University, where she began to focus her interest on marine phytoplankton.

From here Linda moved to the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Weymouth, Dorset to study for a PhD in Marine Phycology, on 'An investigation of the phytoplankton of the Fal Estuary, UK and the relationship between the occurrence of potentially toxic species and associated algal toxins in shellfish', which was in collaboration with the University of Westminster. Linda remained a member of staff at Cefas for some time, providing technical advice on sample collection methods and taxonomic identification of harmful phytoplankton species to the England and Wales water monitoring programme. In 2006 Linda joined the University of Westminster as a postdoctoral researcher, working on the EU project SEED. During this time she had the opportunity to undertake research in the US, first at the Anderson laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and then at the Erdner laboratory at the Marine Science Institute, Texas. Linda joined the Department of Molecular and Applied Biology as a member of academic staff in May 2008.

Awards and Grants

2009 - Summer studentship from the British Phycological Society to investigate lipids and biopolymers in marine dinoflagellates

  • Mating compatibility of the marine dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamarense
  • The distribution of harmful microalgal species in UK coastal waters
  • Molecular detection methods for phytoplankton

Research Groups

2016

An evaluation of Paralytic Shellfish Toxin occurrence and magnitude around the UK coast since 2008; using chemotaxonomy to maximise routine monitoring data (2016)
Lewis, A., Coates, L.N., Turner, A.D., Percy, L. and Lewis, J. 2016. An evaluation of Paralytic Shellfish Toxin occurrence and magnitude around the UK coast since 2008; using chemotaxonomy to maximise routine monitoring data. The 17th International Conference on Harmful Algae. Florianopolis, Brazil 09 to end of 14 Oct 2016

2014

Nerve tissue engineering using blends of polyhydroxyalkanoates (2014)
Lizarraga Valderrama, L., Percy, L. and Roy, I. 2014. Nerve tissue engineering using blends of polyhydroxyalkanoates. 8th International Conference on Polymer and Fiber Biotechnology. Braga, Portugal 25 May 2014

2013

Preliminary results of the MIDTAL project: a microarray chip to monitor toxic dinoflagellates in the Orkney Islands, U.K. (2013)
Taylor, J., Berzano, M., Lewis, J., Percy, L. and Medlin, L.K. 2013. Preliminary results of the MIDTAL project: a microarray chip to monitor toxic dinoflagellates in the Orkney Islands, U.K. Lewis, J., Marret, F. and Bradley , L.R. (ed.) 9th International Conference on Fossil and Modern Dinoflagellates. Liverpool 28 Aug 2011 to end of 02 Sep 2011 Geological Society for the Micropalaeontological Society.
Analysis of pollen samples using DNA barcoding (2013)
Subhani, Z. and Percy, L. 2013. Analysis of pollen samples using DNA barcoding. 9th National FORREST Conference 2013 (FORensic RESearch and Teaching). Anglia Ruskin University 25-26th June 2013

2013

Evaluation of the MIDTAL microarray chip for monitoring toxic microalgae in the Orkney Islands, U.K. (2013)
Taylor, J., Berzano, M., Percy, L. and Lewis, J. 2013. Evaluation of the MIDTAL microarray chip for monitoring toxic microalgae in the Orkney Islands, U.K. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 20 (10), pp. 6765-6777.

2010

A quantitative real-time PCR assay for the identification and enumeration of Alexandrium cysts in marine sediments (2010)
Erdner, D.L., Percy, L., Keafer, B., Lewis, J. and Anderson, D.M. 2010. A quantitative real-time PCR assay for the identification and enumeration of Alexandrium cysts in marine sediments. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 57 (3-4), pp. 279-287.
Outbreeding lethality between toxic Group I and nontoxic Group III Alexandrium tamarense spp. isolates: predominance of heterotypic encystment and implications for mating interactions and biogeography (2010)
Brosnahan, M.L., Kulis, D.M., Solow, A.R., Erdner, D.L., Percy, L., Lewis, J. and Anderson, D.M. 2010. Outbreeding lethality between toxic Group I and nontoxic Group III Alexandrium tamarense spp. isolates: predominance of heterotypic encystment and implications for mating interactions and biogeography. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 57 (3-4), pp. 175-189.

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