Firoz Shah

Forskningsingenjör|Research Engineer

  • Professional title: Research Engineer
  • Academic title: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Area of responsibility: Analytical services, Project design and supervision, technical support in Mycology and Analytical Chemistry protocols, Analytical Instrument maintenance and support
  • Department: Department of Chemical Engineering (CHE)
  • Telephone: +46 (0)10-1428833
  • Email: firoz.shah@miun.se
  • Employee in the subject: Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Natural Science

I am a Research Engineer working in the project FoodTech with a role of supporting the research and instrumentations within the group. The role also includes student project supervision as well as, coordinating with other research engineers within the group for various chemical and experimental analysis.

I am in charge of the HPLC and LC-QTOF instruments, and a laboratory technician for GC-MS and ICP-MS instruments. In addition, I am in charge of the Mushroom Laboratory (climate chamber, dark room etc.).

I also conduct my own food production research. I am interested in developing bio-based products or sustainable processes by exploring the molecular machinery of various fungal species and other microorganisms.

Background

I have a research background in Microbiology/mycology, fungal chemistry (enzymes, acids and metabolites), and genomics. Various techniques I have implemented during my career can be briefly categorized under microbiology, enzyme and protein biochemistry, spectroscopic analysis (FT-IR), liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC-MS), transcriptomics (RNA-Seq and Micro-array), and genomics.

2020-2021 Research Engineer/Mycologist, SLU Umeå, Sweden
2018-2019 Biochemist, Lund University, Sweden.
2015-2017 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki-Viikki Campus, Finland.
2014-2015 Research Assistant (post PhD), Lund University, Sweden.
2009-2014 PhD in Ecology (Microbial Ecology), Lund University, Sweden.
2007-2008 Licent. (M. Phil) Biotechnology, University of Delhi-South Campus, New Delhi, India.

Area of interest

I am interested in developing bio-based products (food, pharma products and feed) or sustainable processes using fungi and other microorganisms.

Teaching and tutoring

2022: Mycoremediation project BioRemFiber/Foodtech-project supervision-ongoing
2021 : Erasmus mobility students from France (2) at SLU Umeå, Sweden
2015-2017 Asst. supervisor to 1 PhD student, University of Helsinki, Finland.
2014-2015: PhD student (1) and postdocs (2) at the Microbial Ecology Group, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

Other information

Orcid: 0000-0001-7833-7832

https://www.svenskaturistforeningen.se/guider-tips/berattelser/forskare-alskar-basta/

Shiitake production within the FoodTech project.

Publications

Articles in journals

Shah, F. , Gressler, M. , Nehzati, S. , Op De Beeck, M. , Gentile, L. , Hoffmeister, D. , Persson, P. & Tunlid, A. (2020). Secretion of Iron(III)-Reducing Metabolites during Protein Acquisition by the Ectomycorrhizal Fungus Paxillus involutus. Microorganisms, vol. 9: 1, pp. 35-35.  

Shah, F. , Mali, T. & Lundell, T. K. (2018). Polyporales Brown Rot Species Fomitopsis pinicola : Enzyme Activity Profiles, Oxalic Acid Production, and Fe 3+ -Reducing Metabolite Secretion. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 84: 8  

Kohler, A. , Kuo, A. , Nagy, L. G. , Morin, E. , Barry, K. W. , Buscot, F. , Canbäck, B. , Choi, C. & et al. (2015). Convergent losses of decay mechanisms and rapid turnover of symbiosis genes in mycorrhizal mutualists. Nature Genetics, vol. 47: 4, pp. 410-415.  

Shah, F. , Nicolás, C. , Bentzer, J. , Ellström, M. , Smits, M. , Rineau, F. , Canbäck, B. , Floudas, D. & et al. (2015). Ectomycorrhizal fungi decompose soil organic matter using oxidative mechanisms adapted from saprotrophic ancestors. New Phytologist, vol. 209: 4, pp. 1705-1719.  

Shah, F. , Schwenk, D. , Nicolás, C. , Persson, P. , Hoffmeister, D. & Tunlid, A. (2015). Involutin Is an Fe 3+ Reductant Secreted by the Ectomycorrhizal Fungus Paxillus involutus during Fenton-Based Decomposition of Organic Matter. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 81: 24, pp. 8427-8433.  

Rineau, F. , Shah, F. , Smits, M. M. , Persson, P. , Johansson, T. , Carleer, R. , Troein, C. & Tunlid, A. (2013). Carbon availability triggers the decomposition of plant litter and assimilation of nitrogen by an ectomycorrhizal fungus. The ISME Journal, vol. 7: 10, pp. 2010-2022.  

Shah, F. , Rineau, F. , Canbäck, B. , Johansson, T. & Tunlid, A. (2013). The molecular components of the extracellular protein‐degradation pathways of the ectomycorrhizal fungus P axillus involutus. New Phytologist, vol. 200: 3, pp. 875-887.  

Shah, F. , Rineau, F. , Canbäck, B. , Johansson, T. & Tunlid, A. (2013). The molecular components of the extracellular protein‐degradation pathways of the ectomycorrhizal fungus P axillus involutus. New Phytologist, vol. 200: 3, pp. 875-887.  

Rineau, F. , Roth, D. , Shah, F. , Smits, M. , Johansson, T. , Canbäck, B. , Olsen, P. B. , Persson, P. & et al. (2012). The ectomycorrhizal fungus Paxillus involutus converts organic matter in plant litter using a trimmed brown‐rot mechanism involving Fenton chemistry. Environmental Microbiology,  

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