Professor of Microbial Biotechnology Ulster University
Professor Ibrahim Banat completed his PhD at the University of Essex in 1982 and has more than 30 years experience in industrial microbiology and Biotechnological application in research, industrial and academic establishments in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and the UK. Professor Banat has established collaborations with industry and academic institutions both national and internationally.
At present he holds a professorship chair at Ulster University. His main areas of research are microbial biosurfactants’ production and their biotechnological and industrial application for environmental, pharmaceutical and health related areas.
He has also been involved in research areas related to petroleum and hydrocarbon microbiology, microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR), bioremediation, ethanol and biofuel production.
Professor Banat has over 200 publications in international refereed journals, books and symposium proceedings.
Professor Banat is a recognised expert in the use of biosurfactants for pharmaceutical and environmental applications. He is involved in research which aims to develop a generic platform technology for the fermentative production of biosurfactants using metabolically engineered yeasts strains equipped with new combinations of genes and pathways to synthesize tailor-made and new-to-nature biosurfactants. Such compounds are screened for their direct and indirect antimicrobial effect, effect on biofilm formation, immunomodulating effects, wound healing properties and anti-cancer activity.
Recently (Oct 2020) Professor Banat was listed in the top 2% of scientists worldwide in a study of research metrics published by Stanford University, USA; ranking number one in the listed Ulster University research community (Loannidis et al. 2020).