Jacob B. Omajali

Jacob B. Omajali

School of Biosciences
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD Title: Augmenting oil Bioremediation Potential by Combined Chemical and Microbiological Processes

Supervisors: Professor Lynne Macaskie and Professor Joe Wood

My research involves the biomanufacture bio-catalysts from Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) using bacteria. The resulting bio-catalysts are hopefully thought to be useful in the upgrading of heavy oils and have also demonstrated potential in the remediation of aromatic organic contaminants. I am currently working on the mechanisms of Palladium co-ordination on bacterial cells using some physico-chemical techniques as the first step towards the biomanufacture of bio-catalyst from aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.


BSc Biochemistry, MSc Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology and PhD (in view)


Jacob Omajali graduated in 2004 from Kogi State University, Nigeria where he studied Biochemistry and was the best graduating student. He got sponsored by Petroleum Technology Development Funds, PTDF, in 2008 for masters in Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology at Newcastle University, UK. While at Newcastle University Jacob developed an interest in bio-catalysis and environmental remediation. After his masters he proceeded to the University of Birmingham in 2011, for a PhD in Bioenergy, Bioremediation and Biocatalysis under another scholarship. Jacob is also a Lecturer in Biochemistry at Kogi State University, Anyigba, Nigeria.


Research group: Unit of Functional Bionanomaterials

Research interests: Bioenergy, remediation of contaminated environments and Bio-catalysis using PlatinumGroup Metals (PGMs), Mechanisms of bacterial-metal interaction

Other activities

Jacob Omajali is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the Biochemical Society. He is also a member of the Society of Chemical Industry and the Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is currently a STEM Ambassador and has been involved in voluntary teaching of science in schools around Birmingham, where he uses the opportunity to encourage young school children to pursue careers in Science. He has also voluntarily written biochemisty article through Fastbleep limited to help science students within the UK with revision in basic biochemistry.


Environmental and Industrial Research (Current research)

K. Deplanche, J. A. Bennett, I.P. Mikheenko, J. Omajali, A. S. Wells, R. E. Meadows, J. Wood and   L. E. Macaskie (2013) Catalytic activity of biomass-supported Pd nanoparticles: influence of the biological component in catalytic efficacy and potential application in ‘green’ synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Appl Catal B Environmental. 147:651-665

Medicinal Chemistry and Biochemistry Research (Previous research)

Omajali JB, Hussaini JS and Omale J (2011) Cytotoxicity and anti-inflammatory studies on Uvaria chamae. IJPI’s Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology 2(7), 1-9
Omale J and Omajali JB (2010) Studies on some nutritional characteristics of the fruit and leaf of Saba florida (Benth) from Ibaji forest. International Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism 2(1), 011-026
Omale J and Omajali JB (2010) Evaluation of bio-safety and antioxidant activity of the fruit and leaf of Saba florida (Benth) from Ibaji forest. International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 2(3), 100-105
Omale J, Adeyemi AR and Omajali JB (2010) Phytoconstituents, Proximate and Nutrient investigation of Saba florida (Benth) from Ibaji Forest. International Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism 2(5), 88-92
Omajali JB and Sanni M (2010) Effects of Kanwa on Rat Gastrointestinal   Phosphatases. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nanotechnology 3(3), 1147-1152.

Review articles (Previous research)

Omajali JB, Ibrahim U, Mofolorunsho CK (2011) The Origin of HIV-1 from a Phylogenetic Viewpoint. IJPS’s Journal of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy 2(7), 1-8.
Omajali JB (2010) Xenotransplantation from transgenic animals: a critical analysis. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nanotechnology 2(4), 685-688

Oral Presentations

  • Dec 2013 - Presentation: Bio-manufactured nanoscale palladium catalyst: effects of biomass type on catalyst activity in the reductive dechlorination of chlorobenzene: Accepted for presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Nanotek and Expo, Las Vegas, USA, 2-4 December
  • Sep 2013 - Seminar talk: Bio-manufactured nanoscale palladium catalyst from Desulfovibrio desulfuricans in hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis: Presented at the Surface Science Summer Seminars, Warwick University, UK
  • Jun 2013 - Poster presentation: Understanding the catalytic properties of bio-palladium nanocatalyst produced by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans: Presented at the postgraduate poster research conference, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Aug 2009 - Presentation: Remediation of toxic organic pollutants in soil using bioremediation strategies:  Presented at the conference for the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB) Akure, Nigeria