Dr. Eustace Y. Fernando

Senior Lecturer



  • PhD in Environmental Biotechnology
    University of Westminster, United Kingdom (2014)
  • B.Sc (Honours) in Biotechnology
    University of Westminster, United Kingdom (2010)

Professional Qualifications

  • Post Doctoral fellow at the section of Environmental Biotechnology, Department of Chemistry and Microbiology, Aalborg University, Denmark (2015 – 2018)
  • Certificate course in Teaching in Higher Education (reading), Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
  • Advanced Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Westminster, United Kingdom (2012)

Memberships of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Associate Member of Biochemical Society, United Kingdom
  • Member of Society of General Micro Biology, United Kingdom

Research Interests

  • Bio-electrochemical systems (BES)
  • Microbial ecology and interactions
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Renewable microbial bioenergy/biofuels
  • Microbial biopolymers
  • Molecular and single-cell Microbiology

Teaching Subjects

  • MIB 4206 – Molecular Biotechnology
  • BIO 3201 – Molecular Biology
  • MIB 3208 – Environmental Microbiology
  • MIB 4103 – Molecular Microbiology
  • MIB 4207 – Microbial Genetics
  • BPT 2202 – Introduction to Bioprocess Technology
  • BIO 3204 – Bioinformatics
  • BOT 2414 – Molecular Biology (External)
  • ZOO 1123 – Cell Biology & Biochemistry (External)
  • ICT 4307 – Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Current Research and Projects

  • Microbial overproduction of Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics using waste material feedstocks
  • Using lake sediment bacteria to mineralize industrial azo dye pollutants
  • Proteomic and Machine Learning Approach to Discovery of Novel Biomarkers affiliated with Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDU) – World Bank funded AHEAD grant scheme

Editorial Experience

  • Conference chair – Rajarata International Research Conference (RIRC) 2019.
  • Editorial Board member for the MDPI international journal Symmetry (Impact Factor – 2.9) since October 2019.
  • Guest editor for the journal special issue titled “Symmetry in Structural Biology and Protein Characterization” for the MDPI journal Symmetry. Link


  • Fernando, E., Kyazze, G., Ahsan, A. and Fernando, P., 2021. Expedited Biodegradation of Organic Pollutants and Refractory Compounds Using Bio-Electrochemical Systems. IntechOpen Book Chapter (DOI – 10.5772/intechopen.99229)
  • Dissanayake, M., Rajakaruna, N., Herath, C., Rathnayake, S. and Fernando, E., 2021. Mineralization of persistent azo dye pollutants by a microaerophilic tropical lake sediment mixed bacterial consortium. Environmental Advances, 3, 100038.
  • Hu, Y., Duan, C., Fu, D., Wu, X., Yan, K., Fernando, E., Karunarathna, S.C., Promputtha, I., Mortimer, P.E. and Xu, J., 2020. Structure of Bacterial Communities in Phosphorus-Enriched Rhizosphere Soils. Applied Sciences, 10(18), 6387. (Impact Factor – 1.7)
  • Fernando, E., McIlroy, S.J., Nierychlo, M., Herbst-Alexander, F., Schmid, M.C., Wagner, M., Nielsen, J.L., and Nielsen, P.H., (2019). Resolving the individual contribution of key microbial populations to enhanced biological phosphorus removal with Raman-FISH. International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) Journal.
  • Fernando, E., Keshavarz, T., Kyazze, G., 2018. The use of Bio-electrochemical systems in environmental remediation; A Review. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
  • Mcilroy, S., Onetto, C., McIlroy, B., Herbst, F.A., Dueholm, M.S., Kirkegaard, R., Fernando, E., Karst, S., Nierychlo, M., Kristensen, J. and Eales, K., 2018. Genomic and in situ analyses reveal the Micropruina spp. as abundant fermentative glycogen accumulating organisms in enhanced biological phosphorus removal systems. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9,.1004.
  • Hao, L.P., McIlroy, S.J., Kirkegaard, R.H.H., Karst, S.M., Fernando, E.Y., Aslan, H., Meyer, R.L., Albertsen, M., Nielsen, P.H. and Dueholm, M.S., 2017. Novel prosthecate bacteria from the candidate phylum Acetothermia revealed by culture-independent genomics and advanced microscopy. International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) Journal.
  • McIlroy, S.J., Kirkegaard, R.H., Dueholm, M.S., Fernando, E., Karst, S.M., Albertsen, M. and Nielsen, P.H., 2017. Culture-Independent Analyses Reveal Novel Anaerolineaceae as Abundant Primary Fermenters in Anaerobic Digesters Treating Waste Activated Sludge. Frontiers in microbiology, 8 .1134.
  • Fernando, E., Keshavarz, T., Fonseka, K., Kyazze, G., 2016. Treatment of colour industry wastewater and concomitant biogenic electricity production using stacked mono-chamber type Microbial Fuel Cells. Environmental Technology 255- 264.
  • Fernando, E., Keshavarz, T., Kyazze, G., 2014a. Complete degradation of the azo dye AcidOrange-7 and bioelectricity generation in an integrated microbial fuel cell, aerobic two-stage bioreactor system in continuous flow mode at ambient temperature. Bioresource Technology 156, 155-162.
  • Fernando, E., Keshavarz, T., Kyazze, G., 2014b.External resistance as a potential tool for influencing azo dye reductive decolourisation kinetics in microbial fuel cells. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 89, 7-14.
  • Fernando, E., Keshavarz, T., Kyazze, G., 2013.Simultaneous co-metabolic decolourisation of azo dye mixtures and bio-electricity generation under thermophillic (50°C) and saline conditions by an adapted anaerobic mixed culture in microbial fuel cells. Bioresource Technology 127, 1-8.
  • Fernando, E., Keshavarz, T., Kyazze, G., 2012.Enhanced bio-decolourisation of acid orange 7by Shewanella oneidensis through co-metabolism in a microbial fuel cell. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 72, 1-9.