I joined the University of Leeds in 2017 for my PhD, which is undertaken in collaboration with the School of Dentistry. Before starting my PhD, I was working as a Quality Control Manager in biofertilizer company in India. I obtained an MSc in Microbiology and a BSc in Microbiology, Genetics and Chemistry, both from Bangalore University, India.
My research interest is always sustainability-oriented, focused on using plant bioactive compounds and microorganisms as an alternative to chemical agents. My PhD involves assaying the efficacy of industrial sweet orange waste as an anti-cariogenic agent. Besides my PhD, I am involved in the UK-China Agritech Challenge - CITRUSAFE project in which I am exploring the antimicrobial effect of citrus waste. In addition, I am also part of a project involving the valorization of the waste generated from soybean-processed food.
Some of the research areas I am interested in include:
- Development of therapeutics from the plant source
- Implementation of probiotics
- Development of functional food
- Boosting the nutritional value of food
- Valorization of industrial waste
- MSc Microbiology
- BSc Microbiology, Genetics, Chemistry