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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am a Research Associate in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering working on the influence of fungal treatment on the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of sands.

Research Interests

I have had research training and experience in the application of biological techniques (involving bacteria, fungi, vegetation) as low-carbon alternative for ground improvement, soil conservation (erosion control), remediation of contaminated lands and wastewater treatment.

I am interested in taking on new opportunities in multidisciplinary research and industry collaborations involving the analysis of soil, water and climatic/environmental data towards informing policy decisions on the sustainable use of natural resources, locally and globally.

Academic / Professional qualifications

BEng. Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (1st class Hons.)

MSc in Environmental Engineering (with Distinction)

PhD - thesis title: Engineering Fungal Mycelia for Soil Improvement 


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Naples

1 Apr 201628 Jun 2019

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

1 Apr 20167 Jun 2019

Master in Science, University Of Strathclyde

20 Sep 201321 Sep 2014

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Agriculture, Makurdi

3 Nov 200310 Dec 2008

External positions

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, University of Naples

1 Oct 201830 Sep 2019

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Research Output

  • 3 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference Contribution

Fungal-induced water repellency in sand

Salifu, E. & El Mountassir, G., 5 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Géotechnique. p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Preliminary observations of the shear behaviour of fungal treated soil

    Salifu, E. & El Mountassir, G., 25 Jun 2019, In : E3S Web of Conferences. 92, 6 p., 11017.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference Contribution

    Open Access
  • 19 Downloads (Pure)


    Engineering fungal-mycelia for soil improvement

    Author: Salifu, E., 7 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: El Mountassir, G. (Supervisor) & Knapp, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


  • Activities

    • 9 Journal peer review
    • 1 Invited talk

    Can Mushrooms Improve Soil Resistance to Erosion?

    Emmanuel Salifu (Invited speaker)
    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Journal of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering (Journal)

    Emmanuel Salifu (Peer reviewer)
    2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review