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Drug Discovery from different microbial sources


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Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Drug Discovery from different natural sources incluiding marine and terrestrial organisms. Special emphasis is given to deep Sea and hyper-arid desert microbes in addition to microbial endophytes.
  • Structure elucidation of natural products using advanced one- and two-dimentional NMR and different High resolution MS techniques.
  • Applying different microbiological approaches such as OSMAC, microbial co-culture, and epigenetic modifiers for induction and isolation of novel microbial secondary metabolites from “cryptic gene clusters”.
  • Purification of complex mixtures of natural products using diverse chromatographic approaches mainly preparative HPLC and other chromatographic techniques such as VLC, SEC, SPE, and flash system.
  • GCMS analysis of volatile organic compounds from micro-organisms.

Current research activities

  • Isolation and characterization of bioactive natural products from hyper-arid Desert novel Actinomycetes
  • Isolation and characterization of bioactive natural products from marine endophytic fungi.
  • Microbial co-culture for induction of new secondary metabolites.
  • Optimization of fungal fermentation for Biofuel production.
  • Isolation of targeted bioactive plant natural products


Desired research direction

  • The Discovery of microbial natural products with potential for treatment of Neglected Tropical diseases, HIV and HCV, solid tumours, and senolytic agents.
  • The discovery of biofuel-producing fungi with potential industrial scale.



Target collaborative companies

  • Big and small Pharmaceutical companies
  • Big Research Institutes
  • Academic institutes in the UK, EU and Middle East



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen

1 Oct 201530 Sept 2023


  • QD Chemistry
  • Microbial Natural Product Chemistry
  • Structure elucidation of natural products


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