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.

Education/Academic qualification



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Aspergillus niger Medicine & Life Sciences
Fermentation Medicine & Life Sciences
Biomass Medicine & Life Sciences
Batch Cell Culture Techniques Medicine & Life Sciences
Oxidative Stress Medicine & Life Sciences
Proteins Engineering & Materials Science
Fungi Medicine & Life Sciences
Bioreactors Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2004 2018

Rapid prototyping centre

Harvey, L. & McNeil, B.


Project: Equipment only

Cell engineering
Amino alcohols

Research Output 2001 2018

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

Pharmaceutical Preparations
Hydrothermal Vents
12 Citations (Scopus)
30 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
U937 Cells
Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse


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

Author: Griffin, B., 1 Apr 2015

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., 1 May 2015

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



Brian McNeil (Recipient), 25 Sep 2012

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2006 2013


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