Dr Jagroop Pandhal


Lecturer in Bioengineering

Email: j.pandhal@sheffield.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 4941

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Portobello Street
Sheffield, S1 3JD,
United Kingdom

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We rely heavily on our environment for resources such as fresh water, energy and food etc. This dependence is increasing as the human population grows rapidly. However, some of the major advances in technology and engineering that have enabled and sustained this population growth have inadvertently caused widespread environmental damage. One particular example is the growth of agriculture to feed the growing population, particularly in expanding urban conurbations. It has resulted in polluted lakes and rivers, reflected in large-scale algal blooms representing a process caused eutrophication. Eutrophication is bad for many reasons – the water quality is poor, smells bad and natural ecosystem structure and function is destroyed. But there may be a hidden opportunity – algae is a potential source of biofuel, fertiliser and animal feed.

I have primarily worked with environmentally sourced samples from a microbiological and molecular biology perspective. After gaining experience in molecular ecology through employment at Sheffield Molecular Genetics Facility I aimed to combine my interests in environmental research with potential applications to issues relevant to societies challenges, and undertook a Masters in Research in Applied Biosciences.


Main Supervisor

Emanga Alobwede

Dina T Hammody

Emily Hounslow

Umar Gero Jibril

David Russo

Sebastiana Roccuzzo





Pandhal, J., Wright, P.C., and Biggs, C.A. (2007) A Quantitative Proteomic Analysis of Light Adaptation in a Globally Significant Marine Cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus marinus MED4. Journal of Proteome Research, 6, 3, 996 – 1005.

Pandhal J., Wright P.C., Biggs C.A. (2008) Proteomics with a pinch of salt: A cyanobacterial perspective. Saline Systems, 4:1.

Pandhal J., Ow S.Y., Wright P.C., Biggs C.A. (2009) Comparative proteomics study of salt tolerance between a nonsequenced extremely halotolerant cyanobacterium and its mildly halotolerant relative using in vivo metabolic labeling and in vitro isobaric labelling. Journal of Proteome Research, (2):818-28.Robert F.O.,

Robert F.O., Pandhal, J., Wright P.C. (2010) Exploiting cyanobacterial p450 pathways. Current Opinion in Microbiology 13(3):301-306.

Longworth J, Noirel J, Pandhal J, Wright PC, Vaidyanathan S. (2012) HILIC- and SCX-based quantitative proteomics of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii during nitrogen starvation induced lipid and carbohydrate accumulation. Journal of Proteome Research 11(12): 5959-71.