Research Officer for ALG-AD project (circular economy), €5.5 million, a strategic initiative of the INTERREG North West Europe Programme led by the Swansea University. We propose to use unwanted nutrients from anaerobic digestion facilities to produce algal biomass for sustainable animal feeds and other high-value products. 

Rahul is leading WP2 of ALG-AD project. He is mainly responsible for fractionation of algal biomass and later developing algal biomass into commercial products.

  • Rahul obtained a first class degree in Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2006 from M.G.V’s College of Pharmacy, Nashik (Pune University, India). Subsequent to the completion of his degree, Rahul came to U.K. in 2006 to peruse his MSc in Pharmacology and Biotechnology at Sheffield Hallam University, which he graduated from in November 2007.
  • Rahul holds a PhD in Metabolomics (2010-2014) from The University of Sheffield (TUOS) and his doctoral research involved development and optimisation of mass spectrometry based hyphenated techniques for microalgal and mammalian metabolomics.
  • Rahul joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at TUOS (2014-2017) as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) on a BBSRC-DBT funded (£1.22 million) project (BB/K020633/1): “Sustainable Bioenergy and Biofuels from Microalgae: A Systems Perspective”. The research involved GC-MS and LC-MS based metabolome level characterisations of microalgal strains and thereby developing a systems level understanding in combination with other systems biology approaches (proteomics and transcriptomics), that will lead to sustainable processes for bio-energy generation from microalgae.

Publications

  1. & Effects of cryopreservation on viability and functional stability of an industrially relevant alga. Scientific Reports 9(1)
  2. & Quenching for Microalgal Metabolomics: A Case Study on the Unicellular Eukaryotic Green Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Metabolites 8(4), 72
  3. & The Effect of High-Intensity Ultraviolet Light to Elicit Microalgal Cell Lysis and Enhance Lipid Extraction. Metabolites 8(4), 65
  4. & Effect of ammonium and high light intensity on the accumulation of lipids in Nannochloropsis oceanica (CCAP 849/10) and Phaeodactylum tricornutum (CCAP 1055/1). Biotechnology for Biofuels 11(1)
  5. & Microwave-Assisted Extraction for Microalgae: From Biofuels to Biorefinery. Biology 7(1), 18
  6. & Harvesting Environmental Microalgal Blooms for Remediation and Resource Recovery: A Laboratory Scale Investigation with Economic and Microbial Community Impact Assessment. Biology 7(1), 4
  7. & Microbial consortia: a critical look at microalgae co-cultures for enhanced biomanufacturing. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology 38(5), 690-703.
  8. & Influence of washing and quenching in profiling the metabolome of adherent mammalian cells: a case study with the metastatic breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231. The Analyst 142(11), 2038-2049.
  9. & Towards quantitative mass spectrometry-based metabolomics in microbial and mammalian systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 374(2079), 20150363
  10. & The Search for a Lipid Trigger: The Effect of Salt Stress on the Lipid Profile of the Model Microalgal Species Chlamydomonas reinhardtii for Biofuels Production. Current Biotechnology 5(4), 305-313.
  11. & Cell line dependence of metabolite leakage in metabolome analyses of adherent normal and cancer cell lines. Metabolomics 11(6), 1743-1755.
  12. & Influence of nutrient status on the accumulation of biomass and lipid in Nannochloropsis salina and Dunaliella salina. Energy Conversion and Management 106, 61-72.

About me continued..

Later, he worked as a Teaching Staff (30%) and Research Associate (70%) at TUOS (2017-2018). He was mainly responsible for preparing and delivering lectures, designing lab-based practical’s and assessing reports of UG, MSc and MEng modules in Chemical and Biological Engineering discipline. Module taught: Bioenergy, Liquid Effluents, Research Ethics and Integrity. During this period, he worked on three Phyconet funded Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV’s):

(1) “Characterisation of info-chemical induced EPS from Scenedesmus for sustainable production of bioemulsifiers and biosurfactants” in collaboration with TeeGene Biotech Ltd. (Redcar, UK);

(2) “Efficient cell lysis for extraction of intracellular products from microalgae using pulsed electric field” in collaboration with C-Tech Innovation Ltd. (Chester, UK);

(3) Contributed to writing and drafting the BIV titled “Pilot-scale production of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and fucoxanthin in a diatom using a Phyco-FlowTM system” in collaboration with Varicon Aqua solutions Ltd. (Worcester, UK).

Rahul is highly experienced in omics technologies (metabolomics and proteomics) and his research is mainly focused on developing an optimised workflow for algal cultivation, co-culture techniques, microbial consortia, microalgal biotechnology (biorefinery), info-chemicals characterisation, microalgal biosurfactants and bioemulsifiers, anaerobic digestion, digestate characterizations, nutrient remediation and resource recovery.