Fungi in petri dishes

We are a research group working at the interface of Chemistry and Biology investigating natural products from fungi. Our lab (i) uses metabolomics, genetics, and bioinformatics to discover natural products from fungi, (ii) develops genetic tools to determine biosynthetic pathways and (iii) investigates ecological roles and bioactivities of natural products. For more information, please visit our website.

Affiliated Staff

Shumukh Alharthi (PhD Student)
Elfina Karima (PhD Student)

 Associated project

  • Anti-infective discovery from competitive ecosystems (BBSRC Discovery Fellowship, 2021-2024)
  • Screening discovery and application of new bioactive natural products (PhD studentship, Saudi Arabian Government)
  • Unearthing fungal chemodiversity (PhD studentship, Swansea University/EPSRC)

Related Courses

Funded positions will be advertised here when available and on the University website. We are always open to informal enquiries from highly motivated students and postdocs with an interest in:

  • Natural product biosynthesis & applications
  • Fungal biotechnology
  • Fungal genetics
  • Metabolomics & Bioinformatics

If you are interested in a MSc, MRes or PhD project with us, please also have a look at the Swansea University homepage for more information on our postgraduate programmes.


Our laboratory has access to general microbiology and organic chemistry equipment, including:

  • Fume hoods
  • UHPLC-HRMS (Agilent Q-TOF)
  • Analytical/preparative HPLC-PDA/MS (Waters)
  • Genevac
  • CAT II biosafety hoods
  • Thermocyclers – PCR & qPCR
  • Nanodrop and Qubit
  • Plate readers
  • Shaking and static incubators
  • Autoclaves
  • Freeze-dryer
  • Rotor+
  • Flowbot