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Dr Rahman is a Course Leader for MSc Food Sci & Biotechnology, Senior Lecturer in Process Engineering and Biotechnology, Director of TeeGene Biotech Ltd. with 20 years’ research experience on novel biotechnological approach in bioproduct development. He is a recipient of TU Enterprise Project of the Year – 2016 award and SAB Award of Excellence in Microbial Biotechnology. He is a Fellow of Society for Applied Biotechnology, Member of the Institute of Environmental Science and IChemE. Dr Rahman is an Editor of Frontiers in Microbiology and Associate Editor of ‘Frontiers in Environmental Science’. He has published 80 journals and conference publications (Source: Teesrep).
His research has received support from the Bioscience for Business KTN and this work led to the creation of the spin-out company TeeGene Biotech based at the Wilton Centre near Middlesbrough. The company was runner-up at IChemE – Best Business Start-up award 2015 and IBLF award 2015. He has secured funding from Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Scholarships to optimise biosurfactant production using bacteria and biosynthesis of nanomaterials using medicinal plants.
Dr Rahman has been selected to represent British R&D delegation to New Zealand to establish collaborative links in Agriculture and Plant and Food Research with New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes in Feb 2016, sponsored by the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), UKTI & British High Commission. He has been part of Royal Society-Indian DST funded research network development project, running a Biofuel workshop in Tamil Nadu under the auspices of the NEEDIL research network as NEEDIL President. He took part in an international Indo-Thai collaborative workshop in the area of new biofuel technology with the support of the British Council Prime Minister’s Initiative.
Dr Rahman has completed a doctorate degree in Microbiology at Bharathiar University. He has worked as Postdoc at the University of Ulster and Brookhaven National Laboratory (New York, USA) and completed an ‘Advanced Biologics’ course at the University of Cambridge in 2008.
Level 5: Bioreactors and Fermentation – Module Leader
Level 6: Bioprocessing – Module Leader
Level 6: Environment and Sustainability – Module Tutor
Level 7: Food Biotechnology - Module Leader
Esteem indicators and awards:
2016: Winner of ‘Enterprise Project of the Year award – Teesside University in March 2016.
2016: British High Commission delegation to New Zealand for Agri Biotech R&D in March 2016
2016: Keynote speaker: BBSRC Food Waste Net event in London on May 2016
2015: Panel member at BBSRC – IBCarb event on ‘Biotech Careers for PhD’s and Postdocs at St Andrews University
2015: Panel member at a ‘Biosurfactant workshop’ in University of East Anglia
2015: IBLF- London Business Pitch: Runner-up (Innovation in Bio-based products category)
2015: IChemE – Best Business Start-up award (Runner-up)
2015: Advisory Board Member– BBSRC- BioProNet
2015: Editor of Frontiers in Microbiology
2014: Associate Editor of Frontiers in Environmental Science
2013: SAB Award of Excellence in Microbial Biotechnology: 31 May 2013
2013: International conference organiser: Indo-UK conference on Biomanufacturing, Karpagam University, India
2011 International delegation: Participation of UK Prime Minister initiative sponsored CPD project on New Biofuel Technologies, Thailand
2010 President of NEEDIL (Northeast England and Tamilnadu Network)
Mrs Chibuzo Uzoigwe – sponsored by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. PhD Topic: 'Biosurfactant production by environmental isolates from Nigerian Mangove samples'.
Mr Sam Joy – sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (India). PhD Topic: ‘Process development and purification of biosurfactants from bacteria’ collaborative project, Amity University, Noida, India
Mr Abubakar Abdulsalam Bello - sponsored by Petroleum Technology Development Fund. PhD Topic: Genetic modification of Pseudomonas putida for effective bioremediation of oil spills
Ms Supreeta Vijayakumar – TU sponsored PhD: ‘Computational models for biomedical optimisation of microorganisms’ (Supervisory team)
Mrs Esha Gupta – PhD topic: Bioprocess development for food grade biosurfactants using Probiotic bacteria, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab, (Supervisory team)
Dr Rahman's research interests include:
· Microbial Enhanced Oil recovery (MEOR)
· Biotechnological approaches for mining industry
· Enzymatic reduction of metallic pollutants
1. 2016: BBSRC– CBMNet – Business Interaction Voucher. Project Title: Condition-specific engineering of Pseudomonas metabolism
2. 2016 – BBSRC- Metals in Biology Network Business Interaction Voucher. Project Title: Project Title: Bioaccumulation of platinum from waste
3. 2015 – BBSRC-HVCfP. Project Title Screening microalgae species for waste water phosphate removal/recovery and high value chemicals production
4. 2015 – BBSRC–CBMNet: Project title: ‘Plants as Nanoparticle Producers’ (Proof of Concept Grant)
5. 2015: INTERREG: BBNWE: Project title: Biosurfactant production by bacteria (BIOSUPER)
6. 2013 - Principal Investigator: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (UK) sponsored project, Biosynthesis of nanomaterials using Indian medicinal plants
7. 2012 - Principal Investigator: TU Business Investment Fund sponsored project: Commercial Performance study of the bio-surfactants produced via in-house micro-organisms
8. 2012 - Principal Investigator: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (UK) sponsored project, Optimisation of biosurfactant production by bacteria from mangrove swamp
9. 2010 – Principal Investigator: International visiting academics scheme. Development of Activated absorbents from biomass using biosurfactants for the removal of toxic substances from water
10. 2010 - Co-investigator: Teesside University – Enterprise Development Fund: Development of a novel process for the biodgradation of sheep’s wool to produce amino acids
11. 2008 - Principal Investigator: Teesside University - research studentship, (2008 – 2013). Biotechnological approaches for processing of electronic materials and devices and biosynthesis of precious metals
12. 2005 - Co-investigator: Defra Waste and Resources R&D Programme (2005 – 2007). Bio-recycling: resource recovery and reduction of oily hazardous wastes via biosurfactant washing and bioremediation
13. 2005 - Co-investigator: EU Life III Environment Programme (2005 – 2010). Biomass, remediation, regeneration (BioReGen): Reusing brownfield sites for renewable energy crops
14. 2004 - Principal investigator: University Research Fund (2004 – 2007). Determination of the optimum conditions for the production and extraction of biosurfactants by microbial fermentation using isolates from the Tees Valley Region
15. 2004 - Principal Investigator: University Research Fund (2004 – 2005). Bioleaching of waste oils in mill scale using biosurfactant
16. 2004 - Principal Investigator: Peter Berg Foundation for Scientific Research, 2004. Screening of industrially important bacteria
17. 2003 - Co-investigator: European Regional Development Fund, North East England objective 2 (2003 -2005) Bioremediation – SME support project
Dr Rahman is leading a University spinout company called TeeGene Biotech Ltd., based at the Wilton Centre.
TeeGene’s R&D Portfolio:
2016: Collaborative Partnership with TU, BBSRC– CBMNet – Business Interaction Voucher.
Project Title: Condition-specific engineering of Pseudomonas metabolism:
In this project, we will build and exploit a model of Pseudomonas that: (i) allows building and analysing further condition-specific models of Pseudomonas, and (ii) will predict the optimal metabolic and genetic engineering steps needed to overproduce chemicals of interest and simultaneously minimise byproduct formation in a multi-target fashion. As a result, we will be able to predict the most efficient way to engineer microorganisms producing industrially-relevant compounds, with a focus on rhamnolipids, currently needed for industrial applications ranging from cosmetics to bioremediation of organic and heavy metal contaminated environments.
2016 – Collaborative Partnership with TU, BBSRC- Metals in Biology Net Business Interaction Voucher
Project Title: Bioaccumulation of platinum from waste
A collaboration between TeeGene, Teesside University, and the University of York, will investigate the potential of bacteria to recover platinum from industrial wastewater with the aim of re-using the recovered metal. The project aims to identify a suitable bacterium to be used in a waste refining process and identify any physicochemical factors that influence platinum recovery.
2015 – Collaborative Partnership with BBSRC-HVCfP, University of York & TeeGene
Project Title: Screening microalgae species for waste water phosphateremoval/recovery and high value chemicals production
The project identified useful microalgae strains and provided evidence that there is technical viability for the recovery ofphosphorus from waste water and the production of lipids that are of value tothe biofuels and nutraceutical industries using an integrated biorefineryapproach.
2015: Collaborative Partnership with BBSRC–CBMNet, University of York, TeeGene
Project title: ‘Plants as Nanoparticle Producers’ (Proof of Concept Grant)
This study is to establish whether PGM uptake in plants is via passive diffusion or mediated by (specific) proteins. The metal accumulating ability of plants can be used to capture metals from the environment. Furthermore, our studies demonstrated that plants can produce PGM-NPs which can make high-performing plant-based catalysts, either in their native state or after modification. These high value products could help satisfy demand for precious metals in industry and medicine.
2015 - Collaborative Partnership with BBEPP (Belgium) &INTERREG
Project title: Biosurfactant production by bacteria (BIOSUPER)
2014 – iCreate Entrepreneurs Accelerator Programme
2008 - Principal Investigator: UK Bioscience for Business KTN sponsored FROPTOP project, 2008. Exploring the biocatalytic pathways of the microbial biosurfactant production from biodiesel industry residual glycerine
PARTHIPAN, P., PREETHAM, E., MACHUCA, L.L., RAHMAN, P.K.S.M., MURUGAN, K AND RAJASEKAR, A. (2017). Biosurfactant and degradative enzymes mediated crude oil degradation by bacterium Bacillus subtilis A1.Frontiers in Microbiology doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00193.
JOY, S., RAHMAN, P. K. S. M., SHARMA, S. (2017)'Biosurfactant production and concomitant hydrocarbon degradation potentials ofbacteria isolated from extreme and hydrocarbon contaminated environments'Chemical Engineering Journal; 317: 232-241.
BISHOP, T., RAHMAN, P. K. S. M. (2017) 'TheProduction of Biomethane from the Anaerobic Digestion of Microalgae' in Singh,L. K. & Chaudhary, G. (Eds). Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels,175–198.
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