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Dr Vartul Sangal

Assistant Professor

Department: Applied Sciences

Dr Sangal completed his Ph.D. at the Max-Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin followed by postdoctoral research at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He established his independent research at Northumbria University as an Anniversary Research Fellow and was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Sciences in September 2016.

Dr Sangal works in collaboration with many research groups both nationally and internationally and delivered invited talks in several international conferences.

Vartul Sangal

Dr Sangal is interested in evolutionary and genetic analysis of whole genome sequences of bacteria and microbial community analysis of soil samples from challenging environments using computational approaches. His group works on identification and characterisation of novel virulence genes in pathogenic bacteria using molecular techniques. His research also emphasises the importance of incorporating genome sequence-based approaches into systematics for a reliable identification and classification of prokaryotic taxa.

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  • Entering Poorly Charted Waters: The Biology of the Filamentous Acid-Loving Actinomycetes and Acidimicrobia, Golińska, P., Goodfellow, M., Sangal, V. 6 Feb 2024, Actinomycetes in Marine and Extreme Environments , Abingdon, CRC Press
  • Environmental microbiome in the home and daycare settings during the COVID-19 pandemic, and potential risk of non-communicable disease in children, McKay, J., Crown, M., Bashton, M., Pearce, D., Entwistle, J., Sangal, V. Feb 2024, In: Environmental Microbiology Reports
  • Is the bacterial genus name Rhodococcus Zopf 1891 illegitimate? Request for an Opinion, Goodfellow, M., Oren, A., Sangal, V., Sutcliffe, I. 25 Jan 2024, In: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Phylogenomic diversity within Corynebacterium diphtheriae, a re-emerging threat to global public health, Sangal, V., Burkovski, A. 24 Jan 2024, Phylogenomics, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier
  • A multiomic approach to defining the essential genome of the globally important pathogen Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Goodall, E., Azevedo Antunes, C., Möller, J., Sangal, V., Torres, V., Gray, J., Cunningham, A., Hoskisson, P., Burkovski, A., Henderson, I. 26 Apr 2023, In: PLoS Genetics
  • Evaluating the impact of a ‘competitive salary’ in a placement job advertisement on different student groups: Final Report of a 2023 ASET Student Research Bursary Project, Akel, S., Hooper, H., Sangal, V. 23 Nov 2023
  • Corynebacterium guaraldiae sp. nov.: a new species of Corynebacterium from human infections, de Oliveira Sant'Anna, L., Dos Santos, L., Araújo, M., da Rocha, D., Ramos, J., Baio, P., Del Peloso, P., da Costa Ferreira Leite, C., Peixoto, R., Almuzara, M., Vay, C., Barberis, C., Sangal, V., Burkovski, A., Aguiar, E., Mattos-Guaraldi, A., Pacheco, L., Vieira, V. 1 Jun 2023, In: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology
  • Corynebacterium megadyptis sp. nov. with two subspecies, Corynebacterium megadyptis subsp. megadyptis subsp. nov. and Corynebacterium megadyptis subsp. dunedinense subsp. nov. isolated from yellow-eyed penguins, Nouioui, I., Saunderson, S., Midwinter, A., Young, M., McInnes, K., Watts, J., Sangal, V. 7 Feb 2023, In: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Mechanistic insights into sulfur source-driven physiological responses and metabolic reorganization in the fuel-biodesulfurizing Rhodococcus qingshengii IGTS8, Zumsteg, J., Hirschler, A., Carapito, C., Maurer, L., Villette, C., Heintz, D., Dahl, C., El Nayal, A., Sangal, V., Mahmoud, H., Van Dorsselaer, A., Ismail, W. 28 Sep 2023, In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Streptantibioticus silvisoli sp. nov., acidotolerant actinomycetes from pine litter, reclassification of Streptomyces cocklensis, Streptomyces ferralitis, Streptomyces parmotrematis and Streptomyces rubrisoli as Actinacidiphila cocklensis comb. nov., Streptantibioticus ferralitis comb. nov., Streptantibioticus parmotrematis comb. nov. and Streptantibioticus rubrisoli comb. nov., and emended descriptions of the genus Streptantibioticus, the family Streptomycetaceae and Streptomyces iconiensis, Świecimska, M., Golinska, P., Sangal, V., Wachnowicz, B., Goodfellow, M. 24 Jul 2023, In: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics: Spatiotemporal variations in the honeybee gut microbiome with capacity to produce novel biomolecules 2023
  • Invited talk: London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo) Lecture Week: Impact of vaccine on evolutionary dynamics of human pathogen Corynebacterium diphtheriae 2021
  • Invited talk: University of Cambridge: Influence of vaccine on evolution of Corynebacterium diphtheriae 2020
  • Oral presentation: Application of whole genome sequencing to exploring intra-generic heterogeneity 2018
  • Invited talk: Does vaccine drive the evolution of Corynebacterium diphtheriae? 2017
  • Invited talk: Is vaccine driving the evolution of Corynebacterium diphtheriae? 2017
  • Invited talk: From genes to genome: a paradigm shift in inferring evolution, epidemiology and genetics of virulence in pathogenic bacteria 2015
  • Oral presentation: Revolutionizing prokaryotic systematics through next-generation sequencing: Rhodococcus as a case study 2015
  • Invited talk: Unique evolutionary histories and genetic basis of biochemical properties and virulence in Corynebacterium diphtheriae 2014
  • Oral presentation: Identification, evolution and epidemiology of pathogenic bacteria – from genes to genomes 2014

  • Megan Paterson Molecular characterisation of novel pathways for cell envelope protein localisation in Rhodococcus equi Start Date: 01/10/2017
  • Megan Paterson Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 02/03/2021

  • Molecular Biology PhD October 01 2008
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016


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