Halime Alhani 

PhD student in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Email: haalhani1@sheffield.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 2722

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology,
University of Sheffield,
Firth Court, Western Bank,
Sheffield S10 2TN, United Kingdom. 

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Research

Biography

Microalgae are an important group of microorganisms that share plant characteristics (oxygenic photosynthesis) and bacterial characteristics (fast growth, flexible metabolism). Microalgae have been utilized as feed for fish and poultry, and for producing food colorants and fatty acids important for the human diet. A number of fairly small scale industries have been set up around the world to grow extremophilic microalgae in outdoor ponds. Extremophilic microalgae are microalgae that can tolerate an environmental extreme e.g. the green alga Dunaliella which grows in high salinity and the cyanobacterium Spirulina, which grows in high pH. There are three major areas of research in the industrial exploitation of microalgae. Firstly, the use of enclosed photobioreactors to replace the open ponds, this allows microalgae to be grown that are not extremophilic. Second research area is the search for new species of microalgae that will produce novel compounds of interest to industry. Third research area is the use of microalgae to produce neutral lipids (triacylglycerols) which are the basic requirement for biodiesel production. For my project all three areas have been involved and microalgael strain which can grow in high salinity has been used and measure the production of neutral lipids and grow the microalgae in the novel photobioreactors using the microbubble technology. However, the aim of my study is to find strains of microalgae that can be exploited commercially.

2000 - B.Sc. In Biology Science (Microbiology), Misurata University, Libya
2008  - M.Sc. In Biotechnology Science, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK,

Professional Experience:

2000- 2004: Laboratory technician at Misurata University, Misurata, Libya
2007- 2008: Postgraduate student at University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK,
2011- Present: Lecturer of Biotechnology at Department of Biology, Faculty of Medical technology, Libya.

Supervisors

Dr Jim Gilmour