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Dr Vartul Sangal

Senior Lecturer

Department: Applied Sciences

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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.

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.


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

PGR Supervision

Megan Paterson Start: 01/10/2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Insights into old and new foes: Pan-genomics of Corynebacterium diphtheriae and Corynebacterium ulcerans, Sangal, V., Burkovski, A. 2020, Pan-genomics: Applications, Challenges, and Future Prospects, Academic Press
  • Phylogenomic characterisation of a novel corynebacterial species pathogenic to animals, Möller, J., Musella, L., Melnikov, V., Geißdörfer, W., Burkovski, A., Sangal, V. 1 Aug 2020, In: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
  • Phylogenomic Classification and Biosynthetic Potential of the Fossil Fuel-Biodesulfurizing Rhodococcus Strain IGTS8, Thompson, D., Cognat, V., Goodfellow, M., Koechler, S., Heintz, D., Carapito, C., Van Dorsselaer, A., Mahmoud, H., Sangal, V., Ismail, W. 7 Jul 2020, In: Frontiers in Microbiology
  • Genomic analysis of a novel nontoxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae strain isolated from a cancer patient, Ramdhan, N., Blom, J., Sutcliffe, I., Pereira-Ribeiro, P., Santos, C., Mattos-Guaraldi, A., Burkovski, A., Sangal, V. 1 Jul 2019, In: New Microbes and New Infections
  • Genomic analysis of a novel Rhodococcus (Prescottella) equi isolate from a bovine host, Paterson, M., Ranasinghe, D., Blom, J., Dover, L., Sutcliffe, I., Lopes, B., Sangal, V. 13 Jul 2019, In: Archives of Microbiology
  • Genomic Insights Into Plant-Growth-Promoting Potentialities of the Genus Frankia, Nouioui, I., Cortés-albayay, C., Carro, L., Castro, J., Gtari, M., Ghodhbane-Gtari, F., Klenk, H., Tisa, L., Sangal, V., Goodfellow, M. 4 Jul 2019, In: Frontiers in Microbiology
  • Mycolicibacterium stellerae sp. nov., a rapidly growing scotochromogenic strain isolated from Stellera chamaejasme, Nouioui, I., Sangal, V., Cortés-Albayay, C., Jando, M., Igual, J., Klenk, H., Zhang, Y., Goodfellow, M. 1 Nov 2019, In: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Proteomics and bioinformatics analyses identify novel cellular roles outside mitochondrial function for human miro GTPases, Kay, L., Sangal, V., Black, G., Soundararajan, M. 1 Jan 2019, In: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Proteomics of diphtheria toxoid vaccines reveals multiple proteins that are immunogenic and may contribute to protection of humans against Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Möller, J., Kraner, M., Sonnewald, U., Sangal, V., Tittlbach, H., Winkler, J., Winkler, T., Melnikov, V., Lang, R., Sing, A., Mattos-Guaraldi, A., Burkovski, A. 21 May 2019, In: Vaccine
  • Refined Systematics of the Genus Rhodococcus Based on Whole Genome Analyses, Sangal, V., Goodfellow, M., Jones, A., Seviour, R., Sutcliffe, I. 2019, Biology of Rhodococcus

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