Brian McNeil


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Brian McNeil B.Sc. (1st Class Hons in Applied Microbiology, Strathclyde 1980), Ph.D. funded by Carnegie Trust in Fermentation Technology 1984. Lecturer in Department of Bioscience 1989-1997, Senior Lecturer 1997-2003, Reader 2003, Professor of Microbiology 2005-date, Assistant Head of Institute 2009-2012.

My main research interests lie in trying to understand the relationship between the environment of microbial animal cells in industrial bioprocesses (the fermenter or bioreactor) and the behaviour of the cells. This has led to two research themes in broad terms. The first of these is real time monitoring of fermentation and cell cultures systems, especially using spectroscopic techniques, such as Near Infrared spectroscopy. This area has been supported substantially by BBSRC, EPSRC, TSB and major biotechnology and biopharma companies (including Eli Lilly, GSK, DSM, Roche) and equipment suppliers such as Foss NIRSystems and Applikon. The second theme relates to how cells respond to stress within fermenters, especially oxidative stress. A particular interest within this theme is the functioning and role of the alternative respiratory pathway in fungi.

I was a BBSRC Expert Pool Member in Industrial Biotechnology 2008-2010, and am currently a member of the Scottish Enterprise Industrial Biotechnology Growth Team.

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Rapid prototyping centre

Harvey, L. & McNeil, B.


Project: Equipment only

  • Research Output

    SeaBioTech: from seabed to test-bed: harvesting the potential of marine biodiversity for industrial biotechnology

    Edrada-Ebel, R., Ævarsson, A., Polymenakou, P., Hentschel, U., Carettoni, D., Day, J., Green, D., Hreggviðsson, G. Ó., Harvey, L. & McNeil, B., 28 May 2018, Grand Challenges in Marine Biotechnology. Rampelotto, P. H. & Trincone, A. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 451-504 54 p. (Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Antimicrobial properties and cytotoxicity of sulfated (1,3)-β-D-glucan from the mycelium of the mushroom Ganoderma lucidum

    Wan-Mohtar, W. A. A. Q. I., Young, L., Abbott, G. M., Clements, C., Harvey, L. M. & McNeil, B., 24 Feb 2016, In : Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 26, 6, p. 999-1010 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)
    32 Downloads (Pure)


    Development of bioprocesses for the production of biocatalysts used in the synthesis of amino acids and amines

    Author: Griffin, B., 12 Oct 2016

    Supervisor: McNeil, B. (Supervisor) & Harvey, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Identification of bioactive secondary metabolites from mangrove plant Avicennia lanata and its endophytic fungi by using metabolomics

    Author: Noor Wini Binti Mazlan, N., 2 Feb 2016

    Supervisor: Edrada-Ebel, R. (Supervisor) & McNeil, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Chartered Engineer

    Brian McNeil (Recipient), 25 Sep 2012

    Prize: Election to learned society

  • Fellowship

    Brian McNeil (Recipient), 25 Sep 2012

    Prize: Election to learned society



    Brian McNeil (Keynote/plenary speaker)
    14 Jun 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

    Live Interview

    Brian McNeil (Interviewee)
    17 May 2013

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation