Professional Experience
Postdoctoral Research Associate

2010 -to- 2014

UT-ORNL Joint Institute of Biological Sciences

Senior Project Assistant (level III)

2009 -to- 2010

Institute of Microbial Technology

Senior Research Fellow

2006 -to- 2009

Institute of Microbial Technology

Junior Research Fellow

2004 -to- 2006

Institute of Microbial Technology


2002 -to- 2003

Chandigarh Coaching Centre

Awards & Honours
Awarded Gold medal in M.Sc. (Honours School) in Zoology conducted by Panjab University Chandigarh in the year June 2002.

in 2002

Awarded Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India from 2006-2007.

in 2007

Awarded Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India from 2004-2006.

in 2006

Books/Chapters of Book Published
Biodegradation and bioremediation of organophosphorous pesticides. In: Environmental Biotechnology (Ed. by Dr. C.S.K. Misra and Dr. Asha A. Juwarkar), pp 165-192. A P H Publishing Corporation Darya Ganj, New Delhi.

Authors: 3

Microbial indicators for monitoring pollution and bioremediation. In: Das S (ed.), Microbial Biodegradation and Bioremediation. Elsevier, New York, NY.

Authors: 4

Research Paper/Articles Published
An active atmospheric methane sink in high Arctic mineral cryosols.

Journal: ISME.

Integrated metagenomics and metatranscriptomics analyses of root-associated soil from transgenic switchgrass.

Journal: Genome announcements 2 (4), e00777-14.

Metagenomes of microbial communities in arsenicand pathogen-contaminated well and surface water from Bangladesh.

Journal: Genome announcements 2 (6), e01170-14.

Metagenomes from thawing low-soil-organic-carbon mineral cryosols and permafrost of the Canadian high Arctic.

Journal: Genome announcements 2 (6), e01217-14.

Draft genome sequences of 10 strains of the genus Exiguobacterium.

Journal: Genome announcements 2 (5), e01058-14.

Commercial DNA extraction kits impact observed microbial community composition in permafrost samples.

Journal: FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 1-14; DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12219.

Complete genome sequence of Thauera aminoaromatica strain MZ1T.

Journal: Standards in Genomic Sciences 6:325-335.

Culturable and metagenomic monitoring of the 14 year decline of a genetically engineered microorganism at a bioremediation field site.

Journal: OMICS J. Bioremed. Biodegrad. S1:009. doi: 10.4172/2155-6199.S1-009.

Pseudomonas fluorescens HK44: Lessons learned from a model whole-cell bioreporter with a broad application history.

Journal: Sensors 12:1544-1571.

Draft genome sequence of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading, genetically engineered bioluminescent bioreporter Pseudomonas fluorescens HK44.

Journal: J. Bacteriol., 193:5009-5010.

Reductive dehalogenation mediated initiation of aerobic degradation of 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol (2C4NP) by Burkholderia sp. strain SJ98.

Journal: Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 92(3):597-607.

p-Nitrophenol Degradation via 4-Nitrocatechol in Burkholderia sp. SJ98 and Cloning of Some of the Lower Pathway Genes.

Journal: Environ. Sci. Technol. 44(9):3435-3441.

Gaining insight through proteomics. 2010.

Journal: Biodegradation, 21:861–879.

Chryseomicrobium imtechense gen. nov., sp. nov., a new member of the family Planococcaceae.

Journal: IJSEM 61: 1859–1864.

Integrative approaches for assessment of ecological sustainability of in situ bioremediation.

Journal: FEMS Microbiol. Rev. 33: 324-375.

Degradation of 4-Nitrophenol, 2-Chloro-4-nitrophenol, and 2,4-Dinitrophenol by Rhodococcus imtechensis Strain RKJ300. Environ.

Journal: Sci. Technol. 44: 1069-1077.

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of maleylacetate reductase from Burkholderia sp. strain SJ98.

Journal: Acta Cryst. (Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications) F65: 1313-1316.

OxDBase: A Database of Oxygenases involved in Biodegradation.

Journal: BMC Res. Notes 2: 67.

Bacterial metabolism of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: strategies for bioremediation.

Journal: Indian J. Microbiol 48: 95-113.

Restoration of p-nitrophenol contaminated site using Arthrobacter protophormiae and evaluation of structural dynamics of its community during the process.

Journal: Journal of Biotechnology, Volume 136, 2008, p. S46.

Qualified CSIR-UGC, National Eligibility Test (NET), conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC), Govt. of India, for Lectureship/ Junior Research Fellowship in Life-Science in December 2003.
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