Dr Rao Ravella PhD
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Principal Investigator - Fermetation Science REF submitable scientist
My first degree was in Microbiology, followed by a PhD in Microbiology (fermentations). After a few years of Postdoc work at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India, I moved to the UK. I joined IGER in 2007 as research scientist (fermentations) and worked at North Wyke - what is now Rothamsted Research. I joined IBERS in Feb 2012, as a fermentation scientist -part of the BEACON EU project- which focuses on biorefinery products and pilot scale fermentations. I am interested in characterisation of microorganisms especially yeasts from extreme environments for biorefinery products. Expertise in fermentations, Design of Experiments (DOE) concepts especially Taguchi method applied to biotech processes and process optimization. Involvement in several research programmes led to 60 international referred journal publications and highly cited (2000 citations, h-index -24).
Currently: Scientist - BEACON biorefining EU project. Industrial Biomass Biorefining
- Co- Investigator: Climate-KIC Innovation: Adaptation and Mitigation through Bio-Succinate Innovation (ADMIT Bio-Succinnovate) and xylitol production (Value -14 Million Euro) -2013 -2017.
- Co Investigator: Climate-KIC Pathfinder: Sustainable Biogas Process Optimisation & Implementation Strategies (Biogas2Market) - 2013 £2,50,000
- Co- Investigator : Academic Expertise for Business (A4B): Knowledge Transfer and Collaborative Industrial Research. Sustainable Ryegrass Products (STARS) (2013 -15) £600k
- Principal Investigator: Mycological contaminants of the diets of ponies (2011). £100K
- Named Researcher: BBSRC LoLA: Engineering Synthetic Microbial Communities for Biomethane Production (2013 – 2018) £ 3.1 million*Co-I: BBSRC Masters training grant (2010-2013) £ 279,005
- Co-Investigator: Benchmarked several biogas plants throughout Europe: EU AGRO-BIOGAS (513949) - European Biogas Initiative to improve the yield of agricultural biogas plants, funded by EU FP6 programme. 5.9 Million Euros
- Developed Early warning system for biogas plants transferred to several biogas plants in Europe (2007-2010).
- Scientist: Rothamsted Research, North Wyke, involved in EPS (Extracellular polymeric substances) research part of the North Wyke UK BBSRC strategic programme (2008-2012) £836,672 .
- Member: BBSRC India partnering award: (2008-2011).
- Outstanding performance award by Rothamsted Research in 2009.
Microbial Biotechnology, fermentations, Design of Experiments (DOE), Taguchi Methods
Microbial Biotechnology especially biorefinery products, microbiology, xylose utilizing yeasts and fermentation optimizations. Working with industries through collaborative projects.
Sustainable biomass alternatives: Marginal land biomass and the engineering of holistic systems. In (eds) Wastelands: New Paradigms in Sustainable Biomass Cropping Systems in Marginal Lands. Taylor & Francis Cadair2018.
Biofuels Production from Renewable Feedstocks. In (ed) Quality Living Through Chemurgy and Green Chemistry. Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology 1stth edn, Springer Nature pp. 193-220. 10.1007/978-3-662-53704-6_8 Cadair2017.
Anaerobic digestion and the use of pre-treatments on lignocellulosic feedstocks to improve biogas production and process economics. In (eds) Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels : Biofeedstocks and their Processing. Wiley pp. 121-147. 10.1002/9781119117322.ch6 Cadair2017.
Apiotrichum terrigenum sp. nov., a novel soil-associated yeast found in both the UK and mainland Europe. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 66 pp. 5046-5050. 10.1099/ijsem.0.001467 Cadair2016.
Optimisation of slow-pyrolysis process conditions to maximise char yield and heavy metal adsorption of biochar produced from different feedstocks. Bioresource Technology 214 pp. 574-581. 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.05.009 Cadair2016.
Sorghum - a multi-purpose bioenergy crop. In (eds) Sorghum: A Multipurpose Bioenergy Crop. American Society of Agronomy Cadair2016.
Xylitol: An alternative sweetener for dairy products. In (ed) Fermented Milk and Dairy Products. Fermented Foods and Beverages Series Taylor & Francis Cadair2015.
Molecular Characterisation of Euryarchaeal Community Within an Anaerobic Digester. In (eds) Rumen Microbiology: From Evolution to Revolution. Springer Nature pp. 293-311. Cadair2015.
Role of live microbial feed supplements with reference to anaerobic fungi in ruminant productivity: A review. Journal of Integrative Agriculture 14 (3) pp. 550-560. 10.1016/S2095-3119(14)60837-6 Cadair2015.
Overview on Commercial Production of Xylitol, Economic Analysis and Market Trends. In (eds) D-Xylitol: Fermentative Production, Application and Commercialization. Springer Nature, Berlin, Heidelberg pp. 291-306. 10.1007/978-3-642-31887-0_13 Cadair2012.
Impact of low lignin containing brown midrib sorghum mutants to harness biohydrogen production using mixed anaerobic consortia. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 37 (4) pp. 3186-3190. 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2011.11.082 Cadair2012.
Enhanced production of xylanase by a newly isolated Aspergillus terreus under solid state fermentation using palm industrial waste: A statistical optimization. Biochemical Engineering Journal 48 (1) pp. 51-57. 10.1016/j.bej.2009.08.005 Cadair2009.
Studies on improving the immobilized bead reusability and alkaline protease production by isolated immobilized Bacillus circulans (MTCC 6811) using overall evaluation criteria. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 150 (1) pp. 65-83. 10.1007/s12010-008-8147-x Cadair2008.
Modelling and optimization of fermentation factors for enhancement of alkaline protease production by isolated Bacillus circulans using feed-forward neural network and genetic algorithm. Journal of Applied Microbiology 104 (3) pp. 889-898. 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2007.03605.x Other Cadair2008.