My interest in environmental research developed during my bachelor’s program in biotechnology, where I investigated the role of indigenous microorganisms in wastewater bioremediation. During my postgraduate studies in biotechnology, I was part of a student research exchange program at the University of Wolverhampton. My research focused on harnessing seaweed biomass for the cost-effective production of poly-γ-glutamic acid as a sustainable alternative to conventional synthesis methods. The study also assessed the potential applications poly-γ-glutamic acid for cosmetic use due to its hydrating capabilities. My thesis was titled “Synthesis and characterization of poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) for cosmetic applications”.
My research at Wolverhampton piqued my curiosity to study seaweed-bacteria interactions, prompting me to explore their ecological dynamics. Additionally, I worked as an intern at CSIR-CCMB in India, where I investigated zebrafish regeneration and toxicology by assessing the expression of genes involved in caudal fin regeneration.
My passion lies in studying marine life and assessing its potential impact on human beings. I believe the study of marine organisms, particularly seaweeds, holds tremendous potential for offering innovative solutions to current environmental issues.