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PERSONAL INFORMATION          

Fiaz Ahmad

301 Xuefu Road, Jingkou District, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu (China)

+86 157 51008511              

malickfiaz@live.com

Skype malickfiaz          

Sex Male | Date of birth 10 Oct 1984 | Nationality Pakistani          

JOB APPLIED FOR          

Researcher

EDUCATION AND TRAINING            

           

03/2014–06/2017

Doctorate in Hydraulics and Sanitation (Environmental Biotechnology)

Engineering School of Sao Carlos - University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos (Brazil)

01/09/2010–15/06/2011

M.Sc. Sustainable Biotechnology (Guest Student)

Secured 60 ECTS

Aalborg University, Copenhagen (Denmark)

09/2008–08/2010

M.Sc. (Hons) Food Technology

Overall grade B

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan)

09/2004–07/2008

B.Sc. (Hons) Agricultural Sciences

Overall grade B

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan)

2013

Six Sigma Green Belt (ASQ BoK)

National Productivity Organization in collaboration with Robust Pro Canada, Karachi (Pakistan)

30 hours training program

WORK EXPERIENCE          

         

08/2018–Present

Postdoctoral researcher

Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang (China)

02/05/2012–15/02/2014

Junior Production Officer

Continental Biscuits Ltd, Sukkur (Pakistan)
           http://www.continentalbiscuits.com.pk/          

PERSONAL SKILLS          

         

Mother tongue(s)

Urdu

Foreign language(s)

UNDERSTANDING

SPEAKING

WRITING          

Listening

Reading

Spoken interaction

Spoken production

English

C2

C1

C1

C2

C1          

English Proficiency Certificate from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad - Pakistan

Portuguese

B2

B2

B2

B2

B1          

Levels: A1 and A2: Basic user - B1 and B2: Independent user - C1 and C2: Proficient user

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages          

Communication skills

Scintillating communication skills acquired overtime through presentations and job experience as production officer

Organisational / managerial skills

      Project management skills by completing Ph.D. and MSc research projects

      Leadership ( was responsible for a team of almost 70 people on production line)

Job-related skills

      Biomass characterization, pretreatment of biomass

      Biomethane potential test

      General molecular techniques; DNA extraction, PCR, vector cloning, gel electrophoresis,gene sequencing (basic knowledge of Bioedit Sequencing Alignment Editor)

      Working Knowledge of Nanodrop™ for Protein Quantification

      Gas chromatography, basic user of peak simple chromatography software

         

Digital skills

      Holding Computer Application Certificate with A+ grade awarded by Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority under Punjab Board of Technical Education Lahore, Pakistan (01-01-2010 – 31-03-2010)

     Independent user of Design-Expert

      Basic user of R Statistical package

      Basic user of Bioedit Sequencing Alignment Editor for gene sequencing

      NCBI BLAST

      Basic user of MEGA v 6.0 for phylogenetics

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION            

           

Honours and awards

      Erasmus Mundus Mobility for Life Scholarship

      Coordenação de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) Scholarship for Ph.D. in Brazil

Projects            

PhD Thesis          

Methane production in response to sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide assisted hydrothermal pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse

Projects            

M.Sc. (Hons.) Thesis          

The research project was designed to utilize the agricultural wastes for the production of xylitol (artificial Sweetener). Banana peel was utilized as substrate; hydrolyzed by acid, detoxified by neutralization, charcoal treatment and concentrated hydrolysate was obtained by vacuum evaporation. Candida tropicalis was employed in the project to ferment the detoxified hydrolysate at different pH levels. pH 2.5 was found best treatment for maximum xylitol recovery.

Projects            

Semester Projects Aalborg University          

      Lb. buchneri DSM 20057 was utilized to convert the wheat straw into valuable products lactate, acetate ethanol and methane. Novo CTec2 was tested for its efficiency at different enzyme loadings alone and in combination with HTec2. Strain was tested for substrate inhibition. Pretreated wheat straw and raw wheat straw were tested for biogas production at different inoculum ratios (oral presentation)

      Biomass (wheat straw) was characterized for TS, VS and Charbohydrates; Lactobacillus buchneri DSM 20057 and Pachysolen tannophilus DSM 70352 were studied for their 3metabolic paths and for their fermentation products, products were subsequently utilized in biogas production accompanied with mass balance for a virtual continuous process (oral presentation)

      Compost sample was studied to screen different strains of Thermomyces lanuginous and compost bacterium by classical and molecular screening method identified by incorporating into E. coli DH5 α vector using “Bioedit Sequencing Alignment Editor" as a tool. (oral presentation

Conferences            

      2017 - Sakamoto, I.K., Ahmad, F., Varesche, M.B.A. 2017. Diversity and microbial composition from the granulated sludge of UASB reactor used in swine wastewater treatment. 29thBrazilian Conference on Microbiology - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil            

      2015 – “The sulfur cycle in Environmental Engineering” held at University of Sao Paulo – Brazil            

      2014 – “1st Latin-American workshop on biohydrogen” held at University of Sao Paulo – Brazil            

      2011- Lecture night on “Next Generation Gene Sequencing” held at Faculty of Life, University of CopenhagenBIOSA – Denmark            

      2010 - International conference on “Recent advances in human nutrition with special reference to vulnerable groups” Held at National Institute of Food Science & Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad – Pakistan            

      2010 - 3 days international workshop on “economic use of post-harvest in a cold chain” hosted by National Institute of Food Science & Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad – Pakistan            

      2009 - International Workshop on “Food Safety Issues in Current Scenario” hosted by National Institute of Food Science & Technology, Endowment Fund Secretariat, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad – Pakistan in collaboration with USDA            

      2007 - International Symposium on “Emerging Trends in Food Science & Technology” organized by National Institute of Food Science & Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad – Pakistan

Presentations

Poster presented on topic 'Life Cycle Analysis of biorefinery of bark and slaughterhouse waste' (Semester Project, Aalborg University)

Publications            

      Ahmad, F., E.L. Silva, M.B.A. Varesche. 2018. Hydrothermal processing of biomass for anaerobic digestion - A review. Renew Sustain. Energy Revs. Vol. 98. 108-124. (IF - 9.184 ). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2018.09.008            

      Ahmad, F., I.K. Sakamoto, M.A.T. Adorno, F. Motteran, E.L. Silva, M.B.A. Varesche. 2018. Methane production from hdyrogen peroxide assisted hydrothermal pretreatment of solid fraction sugarcane bagasse. Waste Biomass Valorization. p. 1-20. (IF - 1.874) https://doi.org/10.1007/s12649-018-0452-1            

      Ahmad, F., S.U., Rehman and Z. Mushtaq. 2012. Impact of xylitol on physicochemical and sensory parameters of rusks. World Applied Science Journal. Vol. 20 (9): 1287-1292.

      Rehman, S.U., M. Nadeem, F. Ahmadand Z. Mushtaq. 2013. Biotechnological production of xylitol from dried banana peel hydrolysate and its impact on physicochemical properties of rusks. J. Agr. Sci. Tech. Vol. 15: 747-756.

         

References            

Prof. Ass. Maria Bernadete A. Varesche
           Departamento de Hidráulica e Saneamento
           Centro de Pesquisa, Desenvolvimento e Inovação em Engenharia Ambiental
           Laboratório de Processos Biológicos
           Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos - EESC
           Universidade de São Paulo - USP
           Engenharia Ambiental - Bloco 4-F
           Av. João Dagnone, 1100 - Santa Angelina
           13.563-120 - São Carlos, SP - Brasil
           Tel: +55 (16) 3373-8356
           varesche@sc.usp.br
           bernadetevaresche@gmail.com          

References            

Prof. Marcelo Zaiat          

Centro de Pesquisa, Desenvolvimento e Inovação em Engenharia Ambiental

Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos - EESC

Universidade de São Paulo - USP

Engenharia Ambiental - Bloco 4-F

Av. João Dagnone, 1100 - Santa Angelina

13.563-120 - São Carlos, SP - Brasil

Tel: +55 (16) 3373-8360

Email: zaiat@sc.usp.br            

ORCID - http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7336-9093