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Dr. Akhilesh Chaurasia

Depatment of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts
1001 N Pleasant St

Brief Biography:

I obtained M.Sc. in Botany with one year specialization in “Cyanobacterial metabolism and Applied phycology” from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and subsequently joined BHU as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) on a DST (Department of Science and Technology) project entitled “Cyanobacterial blooms & secondary metabolites (toxin): Discovery, isolation & characterization of novel biochemicals” for about one year. I joined BARC in October 2002 as a DBT (Department of Biotechnology) JRF on a project “Development of high potential transgenic cyanobacterial biofertilizer”. I completed my PhD from Mumbai university in 2009. After submission of Ph.D. thesis, I continued Dr. S. K. Apte's lab as DBT Postdoctoral fellow for one year to study the mechanism of dehydrochlorination of polychorinated compounds such as lindane by structure-function studies of HCH-dehydrochlorinase. We crystallize HCH dehydrochlorinase and characterize the HCH-dehydrochorination biochemical steps using electroanalytical techniques.  I joined as University of Massachusetts Postdoctoral Research Associate in Prof. Derek R. Lovley's Lab in Environmental Biotechnology section of Department of Microbiology.In Prof. Derek R. Lovley's lab, I studied the functional genomics of stictly anaaerobic microorganism Geobacter metallireducens (GS15) related to electrosynthesis and anaerobic benzene degradation pathway.


Academic positions:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Research interests:

  • Molecular microbiology and biotechnology
  • Basic research to address fundamental questions or to elucidate novel biochemical pathways using integrative biology approach: functional genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics
  • Application of our basic research finding to the  applied research
  • Metabolic engineering related to energy (Biofuel) and environment (biofertilizer and bioremediation etc.)
  •  Biosensing using genetically engineered microbes

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"Fast pace publication, post-publication discussion & contest are excellent ideas which will expedite the scientific findings to reach to the final conclusion and become 'fact'."