Academic and Research Staff
Professor Ibrahim Banat leads the Biosurfactant Research
Professor Banat is a professor of Microbial Biotechnology, has an international reputation in biosurfactant research and >200 paper publications linked to biosurfactants, oil, textile and fermentation and food industries. Prof. Banat has extensive experience regarding microbial fermentation production and characterisation, and all associated up and downstream processes.
Professor Roger Marchant
Professor R. Marchant is a professor of Microbial Biotechnology with experience in mycology, fermentation, molecular biology of rhamnolipids biosurfactants, and all analytical techniques involved in the detection and quantifications of these molecules.
Dr Matthew Twigg Postdoctoral Research Associate
An expert in both molecular and marine microbiology, Dr. Twigg joined the group to spearhead WP6 of the MARISURF project. Following completion of this work package he is now investigating the use of sophorolipids with novel therapeutics for cancer treatment.
Dr. Felcity Currie Postdoctoral Research Associate
An expert in microbial metabolomics and analytical chemistry techniques, Dr. Felicity Currie joined The Microbial Biotechnology Research Group at Ulster University where she leads our research into the microbial production of propane.
Abdulaziz Juma Al-Tamimi – Ph.D. student
Abdulaziz is investigating the synergistic effects different biosurfactant compounds have when used alongside antibiotics for the treatment of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections.
Colleen Dempster – Ph.D. student
Colleen is currently in the process of writing up her Ph.D thesis. Her research focused on Mannosylerythritol lipids produced by species belonging to the fungal genus Pseudozyma. Specifically she has been investigating their anti-microbial properties.
Simms Addai Adu – Ph.D. student
Simms is investigating the effects of microbial biosurfactants on the human skin microbiome. His project aims to determine whether the prolonged use of these biological surface-active molecules can produce significant shifts in the composition and population size of the skin microbiome.
Nicholas Huddleson – Ph.D. student
Nicholas is being funded by the Northern Irish government through a Co-operative Award in Science and Technology (CAST) studentship which aims to partner academic research with the private sector. Nicholas in investigating the biosynthesis of biopropane by environmental bacteria. Nicholas’ project will specifically focus on bioprospecting and biochemical pathway analysis via metabolomics.