Dr Pooja Shivanand


Lecturer, Faculty of Science



Pooja Shivanand is a Lecturer in Environmental and Life Sciences Programme, Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.


B. Eng. (Biotechnology) - B.V.B. College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli, India
M.S. (by Research) - Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India
Ph.D. (Industrial Biotechnology) - National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India
DAAD (German Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholar for short term Ph.D. studies in Institut für Mikrobiologie & Biotechnologie der Universität Bonn, Germany
Certificate course in Environmental Management from Indian Institute of S


Applied Microbiology
Bioprocess and Microbial Biotechnology
Fermentation & Enzyme Technology
Green Technology, Environmental Design and Environmental Management


Studying the microbial diversity in Brunei for applications in bioremediation and biotechnology

Microbial diversity encompassing a spectrum of various types of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, algae etc.) is a promising national resource. There are more kinds of microbes than plants, vertebrates and insects combined. However, since microbes are small, they are least known. This gap in knowledge is particularly apparent for bacteria and other prokaryotic organisms. Microbes have radically reshaped life on this planet. They have not just adapted to even extreme environments on earth but can also consume just about anything, including metals, chemicals, pesticides, petroleum and natural gas—all of which are toxic to us. Hence these microorganisms play a pivotal role to ameliorate effects of naturally occurring and man-made disturbances in environments. Study of microbes will reveal novel biochemicals, enzymes and active ingredients useful to humans as industrial agents, food products, biopharmaceuticals, cosmetics, biofuels and more. Microbial diversity in Brunei has been less investigated till date. This region offers a niche for exploring this untapped natural resource.

Applications Invited

Secondary metabolites production as a defense mechanism in fungal-plant interaction - perspectives and commercial application

Applications Invited

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Scopus Publications


Yakop F, Taha H, Shivanand P, Isolation of fungi from various habitats and their possible bioremediation. Current Science 116(5), 733-740, 2019.
Shivanand P, Hegde K, Pachapur VL, Need and Role of Sustainable Green Technologies for the Pollution-Free Environment, Handbook of Environmental Engineering (ISBN: 978-1-259-86022-5 1), 477-483, McGrawHill Education, June 2018.
Shivanand P, Jayaraman G, Production of extracellular protease from halotolerant bacterium, Bacillus aquimaris strain VITP4 isolated from Kumta coast. Process Biochemistry 44 (10), 1088-1094, 2009.
Shivanand P, Jayaraman G, Isolation and characterization of a metal ion-dependent alkaline protease from a halotolerant Bacillus aquimaris VITP4. Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysic 48, 95-100, 2011.
Shivanand P, Gopal Mugeraya, Halophilic bacteria and their compatible solutes- osmoregulation and potential applications. Current Science 100 (10), 1516-1521, 2011.
Shivanand P., Gopal Mugeraya, Anubhav Kumar, Utilization of renewable agricultural residues for the production of extracellular halostable cellulase from newly isolated Halomonas sp. strain PS47. Annals of microbiology 63 (4), 1257-1263, 2013.
Matussin B, Chin YY, Ishan I, Shivanand P, Fermented food in Asia as a source of potential probiotics: Properties and beneficial effects. Scientia Bruneiana 15,18-32, 2016


1. Principle Investigator - Competitive Research Grant No. UBD/OAVCRI/CRGWG(010)/170501 awarded by the Office of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation, Universiti Brunei Darussalam for the project 'Studying the microbial diversity in Brunei for applications in Bioremediation and Biotechnology' (May 2017-April 2020).

2. Principle investigator - Herbal Research Grant No UBD/RSCH/URC/NIG/1.0/2019/003 (02 February 2019 - 01 February 2022).

3. Member - Tourism Research Grant UBD/RSCH/URC/NIG/4.0/2020/001. Establishment of the monitoring program for sustainable tourism and environmental conservation at Brunei river (01 Feb 2019 – 31 Jan 2022).

4. Member - Competitive Research Grant UBD/OAVCRI/CRGWG (013)/170601. The diversity of sea weeds in Brunei Darussalam and the search of useful substances towards commercialization (01 June 2017 – 31 May 2020).


Research Scientist R&D (Aug 2013 - Jun 2014)
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