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Dr Mohammed Ismail Rehmanji

Dr Mohammed Ismail Rehmanji

Postdoctoral Researcher

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


I am working on a BBSRC funded project “Bioprocessing of Lithium Brines”. This project will use biotechnology to help recover lithium from geothermal brines.

My expertise lies in Algal omics but encompasses many contributing fields surrounding algal biology and its applications.

My Ph.D. research focused on studying the physiology of algal cells, particularly diatom (Phaeodactylum tricornutum), for enhancing EPA-rich LC-PUFAs production under mixotrophy, as well as expediting the cost-effective synthesis of omega-3 fatty acids and fucoxanthin by media engineering. Further, via Proteomics, lipidomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics studies we identify relevant enzyme-encoding genes and metabolic pathways related to LC-PUFA metabolism and elucidating the channelling of carbon flux in mixotrophic state in P. tricornutum. We further investigated the antioxidant and anticancer potential of P. tricornutum based EPA and fucoxanthin, emphasising their role as powerful nutraceutical/bioactive substances.

I have developed my skills in handling microbial cultures, high throughput instruments (GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC), Molecular biology techniques and Omics datasets.

I am happy to talk about any of my work, assist or collaborate on any projects no matter the background discipline. One of my key interests is developing interdisciplinary research, the methodologies, procedures for initiation and management as well.


2019-2023: Pre-doctoral fellow, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and

Biotechnology, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India

2017-2019: Junior Research Fellow, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and

Biotechnology, New Delhi, India.

2015-2017: Masters in Biotechnology, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India.

2011-2014: Bachelor of Biotechnology, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India.


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Journal articles

Sami N, Afzal B, Rehmanji M, Naaz H, Yasin D, Jutur PP, Fatma T (2023). Insight into the mechanism of estrone biodegradation by Spirulina CPCC-695. Environment, Development and Sustainability Abstract.
Paliwa C, Rehmanji M, Shaikha KM, Zafar SU, Jutur PP (2022). Green extraction processing of lutein from <i>Chlorella saccharophila</i> in water-based ionic liquids as a sustainable innovation in algal biorefinerie. ALGAL RESEARCH-BIOMASS BIOFUELS AND BIOPRODUCTS, 66  Author URL.
Rehmanji M, Nesamma AA, Khan NJ, Fatma T, Jutur PP (2022). Media engineering in marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum employing cost-effective substrates for sustainable production of high-value renewables. Biotechnology Journal, 17(10). Abstract.
Rehmanji M, Singh R, Nesamma AA, Khan NJ, Fatma T, Narula A, Jutur PP (2022). Multifaceted applications of microalgal biomass valorization to enriched biorenewables, a review of futuristic biorefinery paradigm. Bioresource Technology Reports, 17 Abstract.
Mariam I, Kareya MS, Rehmanji M, Nesamma AA, Jutur PP (2021). Channeling of Carbon Flux Towards Carotenogenesis in Botryococcus braunii: a Media Engineering Perspective. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12 Abstract.


Rehmanji M, Nesamma AA, Khan NJ, Fatma T, Jutur PP (2023). Genetic Engineering of Diatoms: Innovations and Future Perspectives. In  (Ed) Diatoms Biotechnology, 38-59. Abstract.
Singh R, Rehmanji M, Nesamma AA, Jutur PP (2022). Algal cell factories as a source of marine antioxidants. In  (Ed) Marine Antioxidants: Preparations, Syntheses, and Applications, 161-184. Abstract.
Rehmanji M, Suresh S, Nesamma AA, Jutur PP (2020). Microalgal cell factories, a platform for high-value-added biorenewables to improve the economics of the biorefinery. In  (Ed) Microbial and Natural Macromolecules: Synthesis and Applications, 689-731. Abstract.

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