Academic Staff
Post-Doctoral Research Assistants
  • Dr. Jioji Tabudravu (PharmaSea)
    • Purification and structure determination of bioactive compounds from marine microorganisms provided by PharmaSea.
    • Activities – isolation, purification of natural products. Structure determination of compounds.
    • Creation of marine natural product dereplication database, data processing and data mining.
  • Dr. Nathalie Legrave (BBSRC)
    • Isolation and structure elucidation of microbial natural product from marine, desert, and under-explored ecological niches. Microbial purification, medium optimization, epigenitics, OSMAC, and co-culture for induction of new metabolites.
    • Activities: fungal and bacterial endophytes, Volatile Organic Compounds from fungi.
  • Dr. Andrew McEwan (IMS)
Visiting Professors and Fellows

We accept visiting researchers in the Marine Biodiscovery Centre, provided they are able to cover travel, subsistence, accommodation and research costs. We prefer those in disciplines complementary to those already present in the Marine Biodiscovery Centre.

Recent visitors are shown below and include marine invertebrate biologists, marine microbiologists, botanists, pharmacists and pharmacologists. If you are interested in working with us, please contact Marcel Jaspars.

KamrulDr. Mohammed Kamrul Huda
Professor, Department of Botany
University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Interested in working on different aspects of Bangladesh orchids, now trying to isolate pure compounds with structure elucidation from different medicinally important orchid species focusing on bioactivity and testing the efficacy on them.

PietroPietro Tedesco
PhD student in Industrial Biotechnology
Fellow at Institute of Protein Biochemistry, National Research Council, Naples, Italy.

My research projects are mainly focused on the development of novel antimicrobial compounds from Antarctic bacteria to fight Multidrug resistance bacteria such as Burkholderia cepacia and Psedomonas aeruginosa.

Dr. Angela Di Capua
Fellow researcher, University of Siena, Italy.

My research was focused on the design and synthesis of novel heterocyclic or polycyclic bioactive molecules and their application in modern Synthetic Organic Chemistry, synchronized with Medicinal Chemistry. During this period as visiting researcher, I’m working on solid-phase peptide synthesis and new methodology in organic chemistry.

Dr. Mohammed Salaheldin Ahmed Abdelqader
Lecturer at Pharmacognosy Dept. Faculty of Pharmacy,  Al-Azhar University, Assiut. Egypt.

Academic visitor at Marine biodiscovery centre for 6 months. Working on different species of Egyptian plants extracts to isolate some of the active constituents and testing the isolated compounds for their effects on liver diseases including antihepatitis and hepatoprotective activities. 

Dr. Teresinha Aguiar
Instituto de Química-UNESP Araraquara-São Paulo, Brasil.

Search for Bioactive Molecules from Marine Endophytic Fungi


Kojo Sekyi Acquah
Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry,  School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences,
College of Basic and Applied Science, University of Ghana

My research interest is in the identification and isolation of new or novel secondary metabolites from un and underexplored Ghanaian marine ecosystems. My six months stay at the Marine Biodiscovery Center was vital for the successful completion of my MPhil program.

Dr. Kui Hong
Professor, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wuhan University, China.

Collection, isolation and identification of marine microbial drug resources (culture, compounds and genes), especially from special marine environment of mangrove, deep sea and polar region. Genomics guided microbial natural products discovery and biosynthesis

Alliouch - Kerboua Chérifa
Teacher in Microbiology, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences,  University of Badji Mokhtar, Annaba.  Algeria.

My researches carry on antimicrobial and bioactive molecules of actinomycetes from Algerian environment especially water and sediment.

Dr Bhim Pratap Singh
Assistant Professor (Senior Scale), Department of Biotechnology, Aizawl, Mizoram University,  Mizoram-796004, India

Soil and endophytic microbial diversity (Fungi and Actinomycetes) for potential application in pharmaceuticals and agricultural industry. Isolation and characterization of microbial natural products. 

Dr. Kwaku Kyeremeh
Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry,  University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Secondary metabolites from West African marine invertebrates or microbes and their bioactivity, physicochemical studies and bioinorganic chemistry of marine natural products and Pharmacognosy of herbal remedies in Ghana and other parts of West Africa.

Dr. Anil Sazak Camas
Associate Professor,  Bioengineering, Tunceli University, Turkey

I am interested in exploring diversity of microbes in terms of their taxonomy, function and bioactivity from different environments.


Dr. Mohammad Shoeb
Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

Isolation and characterization of bioactive natural products from medicinal plants and endophytic fungi is my research interest. I am also working with organic pollutants in food and environmental.

Premalata Pati
Research Fellow, Newto-Bhabha PhD Placement Program,
Berhampur University, Odisha, India


Antigoni-Angeliki Kyritsi
  • Profile

  • Country of Origin:  Greece
  • Education
    Bachelor Degree - Chemistry (2012), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
    Master’s Degree - Master’s in Organic Chemistry (2014), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

About my research

My research work involves the isolation and identification of antimicrobial and anticancer lead compounds from extremophile bacterial and fungal strains. The organisms are obtained from extreme habitats and are grown under a range of culture conditions to give rise to complex metabolic profiles representing a range of biosynthetic types.

Bertalan Juhasz
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  • Country of Origin: Hungary
  • Education
    Baccalaureate Degree: Doctor of Medicine, MD, Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University, Szeged, Hungary

About my research

The search for life on the edges of the global biosphere brought our attention to the extremophile organisms.

This area of the biosphere called the extremosphere is mostly unexplored and more than that untouched by humans due to the physical properties of the environment eg high temperature of volcanic lakes, high pressure of the deepest point of the oceans like the Mariana Trench, hyper-arid deserts like the Atacama desert in South America.

In my research project bacteria, fungi and archaea from these habitats are examined focusing on their secondary metabolites possessing biological activity such as compounds with cytostatic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-arrhythmic properties.

Emmanuel Tope Oluwabusola
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  • Country of Origin:   Nigeria
  • Education:
    Baccalaureate Degree - BSc Industrial Chemistry, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
    Master’s Degree - MSc Analytical Bioscience and Drug Design, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

About my research

My interest in research and in particular, the field of drug discovery was developed owing to urgent need to tackle microbial infections ravaging human beings. This is even made worse by reported cases of antibiotics resistance, which has been on the increase in the past decade.

The pursuit of solution to the immediate problem has made my research imperative in exploiting alternative way by searching for bioactive natural products in extreme environments and niches that support life. My research focuses on development of lead compounds from marine invertebrate and extreme microbes.

Fleurdeliz Maglangit
Kevin Jace A. Miranda
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  • Country of Origin: Philippines
  • Education:
    Baccalaureate Degree - Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
    Master’s Degree -  Master of Science in Chemistry, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines

About my Research

My research is about isolation, chemical characterization and profiling of secondary metabolites from extremophiles, specifically, those organisms that lived under high pressure (piezophiles) and under acidic conditions (acidophiles). The isolated secondary metabolites are then tested for pharmacological activities in cancer cells and known pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Scott A. Jarmusch
Qing Fang