• Parkgate, Barony Campus

    DG1 3NE Dumfries

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Self/Project-funded hardworking and motivated PhD researchers are most welcome to join our research team at SRUC. We are particularly focused in the area of Biomass Valorization to Value-added bioproducts, Microbial Engineering Biotechnologies, and Bioactive Natural Products.


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Research interests

Biomass Valorisation to Value-Added Bioproducts Development, Enzyme & Bioprocess Technology (including food bioprocessing technologies), Microbial Secretomics and Glyco-biotechnology, Bioactive Natural Products, and Functional Microbiome Interactions. 

Previous employer

March 2020-July 2020: UM6P University, Morocco;

2019-Feb., 2020: Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia;

2016-2019: Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia;

2010-2016: National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

2009-2010: MITS University, Lakshmangarh, India 



To date, I have experience as a Supervisor/Co-Supervisor of 34 B.Sc. 4th Year Students; 08 M.Sc. Students; 11 PhD students (04 awarded, 03 submitted, 04 under progress) and 06 Postdoc researchers.

Recent/Current Postdocs and Visiting Researchers 

  1. Dr Ajit Passari
  2. Dr Arti Agrawal
  3. Dr Sumit Mishra
  4. Dr Luo Rong

Supervision/Co-Supervision of PhD Researcher(s) at SRUC

  1. Thomas Harrison
  2. Jessica Matthews

Self/project-funded hardworking and motivated Visiting Researchers, Postdocs, PhD and Master Students are most welcome to join our research team at SRUC.

Other work


  1. Associate Editor, Microbial Cell Factories [IF: 6.352], Biomed Central, 2017-to date
  2. Associate Editor, Microbiome [IF: 16.837], Biomed Central, 2018-to date
  3. Editor, Biotechnology Advances [IF: 17.681], Elsevier, 2019-to date
  4. Associate Editor, Environmental Microbiome [IF: 6.36], Biomed Central, 2018-to date
  5. Associate Editor, Critical Reviews in Biotechnology [IF: 9.071], Taylor & Francis, 2020-to date
  6. Editor, Science of the Total Environment [IF: 10.753], Elsevier, 2022-to date
  7. Editor, Mycosphere [IF: 16.525], 2016-to date
  8. Associate Editor, Environmental Chemistry Letters [IF: 13.615], Elsevier, 2022-to date
  9. Associate Editor, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, [IF: 11.75], Taylor & Francis, 2022-to date

Other work

  • Associate Fellow of National Academy of Biological Sciences (Asso FNABS), India;
  • Distinguish International Professor of IFST, China;
  • Fellow of Academy of Microbiological Sciences (FAMSc), India
  • Fellow of Indian Mycological Association (FIMS), India;
  • Fellow of Linnaean Society (FLS), London, UK;
  • Fellow of Mycological Society of India (FMSI) India;
  • Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS), India
  • Honorary Member of Iranian Biofuel Society (IBS);
  • Honorary Member of Novel Global Community Educational Foundation (NGCEF), Australia;
  • Honorary Member, Fungi of Egypt, Faculty of Science, The University of Suez Canal Ismailia, Egypt;
  • Member Board of Trustees, Al-Fanar University, Alexandria, Egypt;
  • Member of Royal Society of Biology, UK (MRSB);
  • Secretary of European Mycological Association;
  • Visiting Professor, Graphic Era (Deemed to be University), India;
  • Visiting Professor, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hungary
  • Visiting Professor, South China Botanical Garden, China;
  • Visiting Professor, The University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya, India;



  1. “PHYTO4METAL: Development of an integrated phytomining system for the recovery of metal nanoparticles from mine waste” BBSRC (BB/X011712/1); 1/02/ 2023 → 31/01/25;  
  2.  “Self-charging biocompatible supercapacitors for enabling on-time and efficient drug delivery for chronic diseases” The Royal Society; 1/11/22 → 30/10/24;
  3. “Development of High-Value Bio-Products from Wild-Harvested and Farmed Scottish Seaweed” IBioIC; 1/11/22 → 31/05/23;
  4. “Synthesis and Characterization of Sustainable and Functional Materials for Advanced Applications” TU; 30/03/22 → 31/12/23;
  5. “Wastes to Plastics”, CN; 1/10/21 → 30/06/22

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University

Award Date: 10 Aug 2009

Master, Barkatullah University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

Bachelor, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2002


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