Dr. Faiz Ahmad Ansari   
Ph.D. Biotechnology; Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
Email: faizahmad04@gmail.com
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=P0fycH0AAAAJ&hl=en

Research Area

1. Microalgae cultivation in different medium at lab to large scale
2. Microalgae downstream processing
3. Application of microalgae in aquafeed and energy production

Dr. Phumza Vuyokazi Tikilili- Zungu
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. Chemical Technology; University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Email: phumzatikilili@gmail.com
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=IZ89ksQAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Area
1. Anammox for nitrogen removal from wastewater
2. Biodegradation of pollutants from wastewater
3. Molecular Biology
4. Biological wastewater treatment
5. Environmental Biotechnology

Dr. Arvind Kumar
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering; Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee), India
Email: ArvindK@dut.ac.za; akumar6@ch.iitr.ac.in
Google Scholar:

Research Area
1. Water and Wastewater Treatment
2. Heterogeneous Catalysis with Perovskite and Nanomaterials
3. Catalyst Synthesis and Characterization
4. Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs)

Dr. Ncumisa Mpongwana 
Postdoctoral Researcher 
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town South Africa 
Email: ncumisam@dut.ac.za 
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=SB_f21kAAAAJ

Research areas 
1. Biological wastewater treatment 
2. Anammox for nitrogen removal from wastewater 
3. Environmental Biotechnology 

Dr. Sourav Kumar Bagchi
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. in Algal Biotechnology; Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur), India
Email: SouravB@dut.ac.za
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=vX14E_oAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Area
1. Algal Biofuel production, Upstream and downstream processing,
2. Large-scale microalgae cultivation in photobioreactor and 40000 L high-rated raceway ponds,
3. Industrial Wastewater Bioremediation using microalgae,
4. Carbon di-oxide biofixation, lipid biochemistry, carbohydrate biochemistry

Dr. Reeza Patnaik
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. in Algal Biotechnology; Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur), India
Email: ReezaP@dut.ac.za
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=XETwf6EAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Area
1. Algal bio-refinery: aquafeed, carotenoids, biodiesel, bioethanol
2. Large-scale microalgae cultivation in photobioreactor and 40000 L high-rated raceway ponds,
3. Algal auto-floccuation under outdoor conditions
4. Pigment production from marine and freshwater algae
5. Mutagenesis for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from algae

Dr. Ahmed Donia
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology; COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad Campus, Pakistan
Email: ahmedd@dut.ac.za
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Dy7bTlQAAAAJ&hl=en
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ahmed-Donia-3
Orchid: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2130-3700

Research Area

1. Wastewater-based epidemiology/surveillance
2. Point-of-care testing
3. Lab-on-a-chip technology
4. Antimicrobial resistance

Dr Suresh Naidu
Research Fellow
Qualification: PhD in Biochemistry
Email: sureshk@dut.ac.za
Google Scholar: ‪Krishna Suresh Babu Naidu – ‪Google Scholar

Research area:
1. Algal Biotechnology
2. Micronanoplastics
3. Application of nanotechnology in improving antimicrobial efficacy and drug delivery via bioactives and compounds (natural products) through improved nanoparticle sensitivity research.
4. Algae mediated biosynthesis of nanoparticles for biomedical applications
5. Isolation, purification, characterization & optimization studies for large scale productions of bioactive compounds.

Dr. Luveshan Ramanna
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. Biotechnology, Durban University of Technology Durban, South Africa
Email: luveshanr@dut.ac.za
Orchid: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7757-2117
:       https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luveshan_Ramanna
Scholar:  https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=2rTJddkAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Research Area:
1. Algae cultivation (media and wastewater optimisation), raceway pond and photo-bioreactor operation
2. Spectral conversion e., increasing light availability and photosynthetic rates algae
3. CO2mitigation by microalgae and macroalgae
4. High-value metabolite production in microalgae and macroalgae

Dr. Abdul Gaffar Sheik
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India.
Google scholarhttps://scholar.google.com/citations?user=4hLSaJAAAAAJ&hl=en
Research Areas
1. Modelling and control of BWWTP
2. Water quality models and optimization-based Decision Support Systems (DSS)
3. Estimation and Prediction using Machine Learning
4. Catalysis on wastewater treatment

Dr. Muneer Ahmad Malla
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. Zoology, Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University Sagar, Madhya Pradesh
Email: mallamuneer123@gmail.com
Orchid: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7878-6240
: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Muneer-Malla?ev=hdr_xprf
Google Scholar
: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=hKIujOEAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Area:
1. Metagenomics
2. Metabolomics
3. Pesticide and Microplastic Biodegradation
4. Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Ashutosh Pandey
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Biotechnology; Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, (UP) India
Email: ashuthoshp@dut.ac.za
Google Scholar
: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=9gbJMsMAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Area:
1. Green energy (biodiesel, algal fuel cell, hydrogen and biogas), green coal technology
2. Biological valorization of aromatics, lignin, PET,  bioplastics and carbon Sequestration
3. Bioprocess engineering, algal biorefinery and waste (solid/liquid) management

Dr. Tonmoy Ghosh
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR)
Email: tonmoyg@dut.ac.za
Google Scholar:
Orchid: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9805-6229

Research Area:
1. Modulators for enhancement of algal metabolites and/or biomass
2. Optimization of algal pigments (phycobiliproteins, carotenoids) through non-GMO methods
3. Phycobiliproteins’ stability and utility in various applications

Dr. Thobela Biyela
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Biotechnology, Durban University of Technology, Kwa Zulu Natala South Africa 
Email: ThobelaC@dut.ac.za
Google Scholar:

Research Area:
1. Biological wastewater treatment 
2. Wastewater Microbiome
3. Environmental Biotechnology 
4. Antimicrobial resistance and Mobile Genetic Elements
5. One Health