The department focuses on two broad areas of research: ‘Industrial, Food and Environmental Microbiology’ and ‘Molecular Biology of Microbial Pathogens’.
In the broad area of Industrial, food and environmental microbiology, the specific research interests of the department are in the areas of production of industrially important microbial enzymes, biofuels, bioactive compounds and carbohydrates, meta-genomics, structure function analysis and molecular modification of enzymes, lignocellulose biodegradation, ethanol production from lignocellulose, molecular biology of lignin degradation, carbon sequestration using heterotrophs, bioremediation, gene expression and bioprocess engineering. Collaboration with industries for research is an important thrust in the Department.
In the broad area of Molecular biology of microbial pathogens, the specific areas of research interest include molecular epidemiology of emerging water-borne pathogens like Yersinia enterocolitica and E.coli, and mechanism of antibiotic resistance with special focus on β-lactamase; understanding host pathogen interactions; microbial genomics and proteomics. The research interests also include investigations into DNA replication and chromatin modifications in the protozoan parasite Leishmaniadonovani (the causative agent of kala-azar); investigating toxin-antitoxin loci in mycobacterial species; understanding molecular pathogenesis of viral infections associated with cancer using Epstein barr virus and Hepatitis C virus models to investigate viral causes of cancers.
: Prof. Rani Gupta
Department of Microbiology,
University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi-110021