Anum Ali Ahmad

Core Scientist in Microbiota Analysis


I obtained my MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Punjab, Pakistan followed by an MPhil in Biotechnology from Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan. For my PhD research at Lanzhou University, China, I focused on manipulating the rumen microbiota of yaks through dietary changes during the cold season to enhance their health and productivity, thereby reducing financial strain and improving the livelihoods of Tibetan herders who depend on them. In 2023 I joined The Roslin Institute as a core scientist with my research focused on understanding the effects of fibre diets on the caecal microbiota of chickens, aiming to develop strategies to enhance poultry health and promote sustainable feed production.


PhD (Microbiology):  Lanzhou University, China (Sep 2017- Dec 2021)

Project: Variations in rumen microbial community and their metabolites induced by the seasonal nutritional changes in pasture forage and dietary supplementation during cold season in grazing yak (Bos grunniens).


MPhil (Biotechnology): Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan (Sep 2011-July 2013)

Project: Production of recombinant TK0377 (catalase) from a hyperthermophile Themococcus Kodakaraensis.


MSc (Biotechnology): University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan (Sep 2007-July 2009)

Project: Molecular cloning and partial characterization of human leptin (ob) gene.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member of the British Society of Animal Science

Current research interests

Exploring modulations in chicken caecal microbiata in response to high fibre diets using multi-omics techniques to devise strategies that promote sustainable food production.

Past research interests

Gut microbe-host interaction: Studied modulations of gut microbiota and their metabolites in response to nutrient fluctuations in pasture forage, dietary supplementation, age, and postpartum period and their influence on health and productivity of high-altitude animals using metagenomics. Probiotics: Evaluated the underlying mechanism of orally administrated probiotic strain Lactobacillus in alleviating colitis in DSS-induced mice model. Production of bioethanol from plant biomass: Screened rumen metagenomics libraries to identify acidic lignocellulolytic enzymes using sequence-based screening. Also, constructed highly active recombinant cellulases and xylanases through point and frameshift mutations and evaluated their activity on different biomass resources.

Knowledge exchange

STEM ambassador.