Dr Poonam Singh Nigam holds a PhD in Industrial Microbiology (1985) with the award of Research Fellowship from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India.
She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Germany (1985-1988) before joining the research staff at Ulster University in 1990. She became a Lecturer in 1996 and later was promoted to Senior Lectureship.
Poonam became a Chartered Biologist in 1992 and received her Postgraduate Certificate in university teaching in 1998 from Ulster university, UK.
She is a Senior Fellow in The Higher Education Academy, Fellow-Royal Society of Biology UK, Fellow-Centre of Higher Education Research & Practice, Fellow-International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, and Fellow-Biotechnology Research Society.
Her research interests include industrial and applied microbiology and fermentation technology in the area of Environmental, Food, and pharmaceutical.
Poonam has one EU Patent, four biotechnology reference books, more than 300 peer reviewed papers, chapters and review articles, with 22030 Citations