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faiz Dr. Faiz Ahmad Ansari   
Ph.D. Biotechnology; Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
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
dswd Trisha Mogany
Specialist Research Technician
Ph.D. Biotechnology, Durban University of Technology, Durban South Africa, 2020
Research Area
1. Application of microalgae/ cyanobacteria for nutraceuticals, functional foods, bioremediation and aquaculture
2. Enhancing biosynthesis of high-value products isolated from microalgae and cyanobacteria
3. Optimization of metabolite extraction and purification strategies
4. Genomic analysis of diverse microalgae/cyanobacteria from extreme environments
5. Algal physiology and photosynthesis.
6. Molecular genetic analysis of microalgal gene expression.
ss Dr. Sachitra Kumar Ratha
Research Fellow
Ph.D. Bioscience, 2010; Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India
Research Area
1. Algae-based technology development, optimization, scale-up and validation, life cycle assessment, techno-economic evaluation and demonstration at both pilot and commercial-scale plant
2. Algae-based product development for aquaculture, agriculture and nutraceutical applications
3. Renewable liquid fuels and green chemicals from biomass feedstocks using HTL process
4. Algae-based wastewater treatment and CO2 sequestration
5. Microbial metabolites from fermentation technology
 rr Dr. Nirmal Renuka  
Research Associate
PhD Bioscience, Panjab University Chandigarh, India – 2015
Research Area
1. Development of technologies for the resource recovery and remediation of wastewater using algal systems
2. Bioprospecting and mass cultivation of algae for high value metabolites
3. Novel strategies for biomass and lipid enhancement in algae for biofuel and nutraceutical applications
4. Algae-based bioinoculants/ biofertilizers and soil nutrient management
5. Algae-microbe interaction; novel antimicrobial compounds from microalgae and cyanobacteria


Dr. Oluyemi Olatunji Awolusi
Research Associate
Ph.D. Biotechnology, Durban University of Technology, South Africa – 2016
Research Area
1. Molecular biology
2. Environmental biotechnology
3. Environmental microbiology
4. Microbial ecology
5. Wastewater treatment


Dr. Collins E. Odjadjare
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. Microbiology, University of KwaZulu-Natal 2018
Research Area
1. Biofuels from microalgae
2. Carbohydrate profiling from microalgae
3. Microbial, antibiotic and virulence genes surveillance in water and wastewater systems
4. Biodegradation of micro-plastics
5. Isolation and characterization of bacteriophages against nosocomial pathogens
 qq Dr. Isaac Dennis Amoah  
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. Health Sciences, Durban University of Technology, South Africa-2018
Research Area
1. Health-related water microbiology
2. Parasite occurrence and removal in wastewater and water
3. Microbial risk assessment, especially in relation to wastewater reuse
4. Antimicrobial resistance in water/wastewater
5. Microplastics as carriers of microbial pathogens
 qwe Dr. Leanne Pillay  
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. Microbiology, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Westville Campus), South Africa- 2018
Research Area
1. Surveillance of antibiotic resistance genes in wastewater treatment plants
2. Biodegradation of microplastics
3. Molecular detection of parasites in wastewater
 y Dr. Lesetja M Legodi
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Microbiology 2019; University of Limpopo – South Africa
Research Area
1. Heterotrophic cultivation of oleaginous microorganisms
asda Dr. Khalid Muzamil Gani
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India – 2018
Research Area
1. Nitrogen removal in biological wastewater treatment,
2. Emerging contaminants in natural and engineered systems
3. Water reuse and public acceptance