Ph.D.: Bose Institute, Calcutta (1996)
Post- doctoral Research: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA., Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, USA.
2003-Till date, Scientist, Institute of Life Sciences, Nalco Square, Bhubaneswar.
My laboratory is working on microbial genomics towards translational research. In this regard, useful microbes with biotechnological potential have been characterized from hot springs and marine environments for bioprospecting of novel genes and metabolic pathways. In this endeavour, we have characterized an environmental Bordetella isolate as a potential resource for the evolution of Bordetella bronchiseptica hybrid strain for the development of whole cell livestock vaccine. Further, we are using metagenomic approach to unveil the community composition and functional correlation of microbiome in pristine environment. Following polyphasic approach, 20 new microbes have been discovered from unmanaged ecosystem. Our future goal to address the genome scale reconstruction of metabolic model with these microbes for the functional analysis of genes involved in synthesis of metabolites, pharmaceuticals and ecological adaptation.