Staff Profile


Dr Asma Ahmed

Senior Lecturer

School: Natural and Applied Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923774

Profile summary

Dr. Asma Ahmed joined CCCU in January 2019. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University (U.S.A), with experience in both industry and academia. At Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, a biopharmaceutical company, Dr. Ahmed worked on process development and technology transfer for production of monoclonal antibodies. After about five years of working in the industry, she joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India). At BITS, she taught undergraduate and graduate level courses and worked on multiple sponsored research projects in the areas of biological conversion of agricultural and industrial wastes and wastewater to biofuels and value added products. 

Research and knowledge exchange

Research interests:

  • Growth, characterization and application of non-pathogenic fungal biofilms
  • Biological treatment of industrial effluents
  • Biofuels and value-added products from agricultural and industrial wastes using microbial processes

Teaching and subject expertise

Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

External activities

Life Member, Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI)

Invited talks 

" Analytical Methods to Evaluate Fungal Degradation of Lignocellulosic Biomass", Analytix 2017, March 2017, March 2017, Fukuoka, Japan

"Upstream Process: Navigating the Roadblocks to Process Robustness", Future Biotech India 2013, July 2013, Hyderabad

Publications and research outputs

  • A first report on competitive inhibition of laccase enzyme by lignin degradation intermediates. Pamidipati, S. & Ahmed, A. (2019) Folia Microbiologica doi: 10.1007/s12223-019-00765-5

  • Influence of carbon source complexity on porosity, water retention and extracellular matrix composition of Neurospora discreta biofilms. Ahmed, A., Narayanan, R. Aravinda and Veni, Abinaya R. (2019). Journal of Applied Microbiology doi:10.1111/jam.14539
  • Arrested fungal biofilms as low-modulus structural bio-composites: Water holds the key. Narayanan, RA and Ahmed, A. (2019) The European Physical Journal E 42 (134), DOI 10.1140/epje/i2019-11899-2

  • Cellulase stimulation during biodegradation of lignocellulosic residues at increased biomass loading. Pamidipati, S. & Ahmed, A. (2018) Biocatalysis and Biotransformation DOI: 10.1080/10242422.2018.1508284

  • Improved Ammonium Removal from Industrial Wastewater through systematic adaptation of wild type Chlorella pyrenoidosa. Ahmed, A. Nimmakayala, J., Ramesh, A (2017) Water Science and Technology 75 (1), 182-188

  • Degradation of Lignin in Agricultural Residues by locally isolated fungus Neurospora discreta. Pamidipati, S. & Ahmed, A.(2016). Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology  181(4), 1561-1572

  • Ethanol via Biomass generated Syngas. Lewis, R.S., Frankman, A., Tanner, R.S., Ahmed, A., and Huhnke, R.L. (2008), International Sugar Journal 110 (1311)

  • Fermentation of Biomass-generated Synthesis Gas: Effects of Nitric Oxide. Ahmed, A. and Lewis, R.S.(2007), Biotechnology and Bioengineering 97(5): 1080-1086

  • Effects of Biomass-generated Producer Gas Constituents on Cell-growth, Product Distribution and Hydrogenase Activity of Clostridium carboxidivorans P7T. Ahmed, A., Cateni,B. G.,  Huhnke, R.L., Lewis, R.S. (2006) Biomass and Bioenergy 30(7): 665-672


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