Dr. Timothy Downing

downingDr. Tim Downing (M.Sc., Ph.D.) Completed his B.Sc. (Hons) Cum laude and M.Sc. at Rhodes University in South Africa before accepting an academic position at the University of Port Elizabeth to found a department of Microbiology which he did while completing his Ph.D. on the environmental modulation of the cyanotoxin microcystin and prediction of toxin levels in freshwater impoundments, at the University of Stellenbosch. In 2006 he started work on BMAA and now focuses on BMAA toxinology and exposure risk assessment, and reduction of risk by determining toxic potential and assessment of remediation and toxin removal strategies. He is currently Associate Professor Microbiology in the Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Recent Publications

  • The effect of B-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) on oxidative stress response enzymes of the macrophyte Ceratophyllum demersum
  • B-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) uptake by the aquatic macrophyte Ceratophyllum demersum
  • The Effect of Exogenous β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine on the Growth of Synechocystis PCC6803