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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Postgraduate Students

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.