Poonam Singh - Nee Nigam


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Dr Poonam Singh nee' Nigam is a Research Active Academic { h-index 72, i10 167, Citations 38205 ref Google Scholar} and accummulated PlumX Data:  Usage 40366, Captures 26136, Social Media 661, and Mentions 19. She was awarded Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in 2020 by Ulster University, UK; her DSc thesis included her Post-doctoral Research outputs  (1985-2019), from her Supervision of Doctoral, Postdoctoral  & Visiting Overseas Researchers, research in funded-projects,  activities & engagement with international scientific societies and journals, and dissemination of research outputs from several global collaborations. She holds a PhD in Industrial Microbiology (1985) funded with the award of Junior & Senior Research doctoral Fellowships from the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research of India.

She was a Postdoctoral Researcher in an R & D lab of Suddeutsche Company in Germany (1985-1988), then appointed as a Senior Research Officer in Biotechnology at Ulster University in 1989. In continuation to her full-time research job, she joined as a  research-active academic in Biotechnology at Ulster University in 1996.

Affiliations: Poonam received Chartered Biologist status in 1992 from the Institute of Biology (currently known as the Royal Society of Biology).

She is an Alumna of Ulster University N.Ireland, with two degrees: A Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching (PGCUT) in 1998; and a Doctor of Science (DSc) in 2020.

Poonam is affiliated with several scientific societies & Academies; as

1. Senior Fellow in The Higher Education Academy UK (SFHEA)

2. Fellow of the Centre of Higher Education Research & Practice UK (FCHERP)  

3. Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology  UK (FRSB) 

4. Fellow and Life Member of the International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses-International Bioprocessing Association France (FIFIBioP)

5. Fellow of Academy of Microbiological Sciences (FAcMSc)  

6. Fellow & Life member of  Biotechnology Research Society India (FBRSI)

Research Interests: Microbial-Biotechnology, Industrial & Applied Microbiology, Fermentation Technology, in the area of Enzymes for Industries & Diagnostics; Biotransformations; Bioprocessing; Food-Fermentation & Probiotics;  Bioremediation of Food, Sugar, Distillery, Brewery and agricultural residues/By-products for Circular Bioeconomy

Research Outputs: One EU Patent, Four Biotechnology Reference books, more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, Research-informed chapters in Biotechnology-books, and Research-informed Review Articles in International Scientific Journals.

Global Collaborations: Poonam has several active research collaborations with international Research Institutes in Australia, Brazil, Greece, Ireland, Cyprus, Italy, Taiwan and India.  PhD students supervised by her now working in several countries incl US, Canada, Europe and India. 

Research Awards:  Poonam has a sustained track record of FUNDS £1,065,278.00  through 16 awards from prestigious sources, including Royal Society, British Council, UNESCO, Higher Education Academy, Association of Commonwealth Universities,  Department of International Development, CEC/ERDF, IRTU-START (The Industrial Research and Technology Unit) , CEC-IRTU Networking Prog, Department of Environment CEC/ERDF-Env Protec, European Social Fund, Randox Pharmaceutical company, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Education India.

She was a key contributor to several other research projects:  £416,279.00 funded by International Fund for Ireland, and Randox Pharmaceutical company; and £92,100.00 from the EU INCO-DC program for International cooperation of UK university with a University in a Developing country India.

UK Academy of Sciences (Royal Society) nominated her twice under Bilateral International Exchange Program as a British Scientist visiting Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and its affiliated Higher Education and Research institutes. The Royal Society also funded her four visits to delegate to International conferences.

Teaching Experience: Industrial and Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Topics in modules designed based on her Research expertise for courses at Undergraduate & Postgraduate levels.

Administrative Roles: Course Director Biotechnology Postgraduate program (2000-present); Course Director Food Biotechnology, a  Postgraduate joint Dual-Degree Program with two Greek Universities (2000-2013), Module coordinator over 16 Taught modules at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels (1996-present).

Current and Recent Grants

  1. Association of Commonwealth Universities Bursary to attend British Council event Going-Global-2018 £2000
  2. Higher Education Academy, UK  Three Travel Grants £900  
  3. International Research Support Initiative £2,027
  4. Commonwealth Research-support Scholarship £1,000
  5. Department Education Learning (DEL)-European Social Fund (ESF) (2006-08) MSc Biotechnology £111,516
  6. DEL-ESF (2006-06) MSc Food Biotechnology £29,194
  7. DEL-ESF (2004-06) MSc Food Biotechnology £160,779
  8. DEL-ESF (2004-06) MSc Biotechnology £128,339
  9. The Royal Society Travel Grant £1,230
  10. DEL-ESF (2002-04) MSc Biotechnology £132,989
  11. DEL-ESF (2002-04) MSc Food Biotechnology £136,703
  12. DEL-ESF (2000-02) MSc Food Biotechnology £101,737
  13. DEL-ESF (2000-02) MSc Biotechnology £99,407
  14. UNESCO-Fellowship in Biotechnology £2,767
  15. CEC/ERDF-Environ Protection A novel approach for the remediation...£82,000
  16. IRTU (The Industrial Research and Technology Unit) - START Bioremediation of textile dye.....£68,970
  17. The British Council A novel remediation system....£5,900
  18. CEC - IRTU Networking Prog, EU FFP Project.....£720

PhD Researcher Profile

Supervision at Ulster

  1. 2008-12 Mazumdar (Overseas Self-Funded) "Analysis of extracts from higher plants to treat disease"  (2nd Supervisor)
  2. 2008-12 Dwivedi (Overseas Self-Funded) "Bacteriolytic therapy of tumors"  (2nd Supervisor)
  3. 2008-09 Hussain (International Higher-Education funded split-site PhD 1year in UK) "Bioactivity in plant materials"  (UK Supervisor)
  4. 2007-08 Gupta (Commonwealth  funded split-site PhD 1year in UK) "Bioremediation of textile wastewater"  (UK Supervisor)
  5. 2008-11 Hughs Paul (DEL NI) "Electro-biosorpative recovery of economic metals from waste streams"  (2nd Supervisor) 
  6. 2005-08 Nomikou N (VCRS) "Electric field-mediated biosorption-Assessing potential applications" (2nd Supervisor)
  7. 2001-04 Yuanchen Xue (VCRS) "Isolation structural characterisation and molecular cloning of novel polypeptides from frog venom" (2nd Supervisor)  
  8. 1999-02 Chirumamilla (Overseas Res Studentship+VCRS) Studies on Fermentative Production of Chiral Compounds for Optically Active Pharmaceuticals, (1st Supervisor)  
  9. 1999-02 Reddivari M (ORS+VCRS) "Microbial Biotransformations For Drug Synthesis" (1st  Supervisor)
  10. 1999-02 Robinson T (DELNI) "Solid-state fermentation of dye-absorbed agricultural residues" (1st Supervisor)
  11. 1998-01 Meehan CM (DELNI) "Biotreatment of textile industry wastewater" (2nd Supervisor) 

Supervision External

  1. 2013-15 Ganatsios Vasilis Greek Government funded "SCP, Edible Fungi & Food Additives from Biotechnological Exploitation of Food & Agro-industrial Wastes" (UK supervisor)
  2. 2007-15 Terpou Antonia (PhD+PDF) "Production of probiotic sour milk, yogurts, cheese & liqueurs with immobilized cells at low temperatures". European Cooperation, University of Patras, Greece 
  3. 2011-15 Gialleli Angelika-Ioanna (PhD) "Production of wine and beer making in a domestic refrigerator". European Cooperation, University of Patras, Greece
  4. 2007-12  Loulouda Bosnea (PhD +PDF) "Food-Fermentation, Probiotics" European Social Fund Project, Greece
  5. 2013-14 Cecilia de Souza Cordeiro, "Utilisation of Barley waste from Bushmills Distillery, NI" Research Trainee under Science without Borders programme (Brazil, UK HE International Unit)

Visting-Researchers from Polytech Clermont, France 

  1. 2009  Coline Saunier "Bioactivity in essential oils from Lameacea Family-Extraction A"
  2. 2009  Laura Blanc "Bioactivity in essential oils from Lameacea Family-Extraction B"
  3. 2008  Sauvage Severine "Bioactivity of Scutellaria pinnatifida Extract"
  4. 2008  Granger Melanie "Bioactivity of The Extracts of Centaurea Polyclada-Extraction A"
  5. 2008  Samson Emilie "Bioactivity of The Extracts of Centaurea Polyclada-Extraction B"
  6. 2007  Samuel Genest "Bioactivity Studies in extracts from Two Mimosa Species"



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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, Doctor of Science D.Sc. Microbial-Biotechnology, Ulster University Doctoral College

Award Date: 30 Jul 2020

PhD, “Studies on Microbial Decomposition of Cellulosic Agricultural Waste Sugarcane Bagasse from Sugar Industry" at National Sugar Institute., Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj Kanpur University

1 Jun 19821 Dec 1985

Award Date: 1 Dec 1985

Master, Master of Science with Distinction Chemistry (Biochemistry, Organic, Inorganic, Physical), Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj Kanpur University

1 Jul 197830 Jun 1980

Award Date: 1 Jul 1980

Bachelor, Bachelor of Science with Distinction (Biology-Botany, Zoology; Chemistry-Inorganic, Organic, Physical), Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj Kanpur University

1 Jul 197630 Jun 1978

Award Date: 1 Jul 1978

External positions

Adjunct Professor Biotechnology, Vellore Institute of Technology Bhopal University

1 Feb 20202030

Visiting-Adjunct Professor B.Eng. course “Downstream Processing in Biotechnology” , Rhein-Hochschule Kleve, Germany

1 Jan 201530 Jun 2015

Editor Elsevier Journal Bioresource Technology


British Council Associate Advisor in Biotechnology, The British Council



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