Dr Sanjukta Subudhi obtained her PhD in molecular microbiology in 2001 from Delhi University in India before completing her postdoctoral research (2001-2003) in algal biotechnology from the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Agency for Science and Technology Development (NSTDA), Bangkok, Thailand. Subsequently, she worked as a faculty scientist at Pilot Plant Development Technology Research Institute (PDTI), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, before joining TERI in India in 2008.
Research explorations of her group span (i) microbial production of clean fuel (bio-hydrogen bio-methane, bio-butanol from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation feed stocks), (ii) value added algal/aquatic plant biomass production coupled with waste stream treatment (for implication of this biomass in clean fuel production), (iii) cyanobacterial based PUFA (Gamma Linolenic acid, GLA) production, and (iv) use of microbes/algae for production of value added chemicals and enzymes, biopolymers (such as; 2,3 Butane Diol, lactic acid, lipase, xanthan, bioflucculant)
Dr Subudhi has worked in several bilateral and multilateral collaborative research projects and has been visiting scientist or given talks at research laboratories such as Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ, Leipzig, Germany), Korea Maritime and Ocean University (Busan, South Korea), Queensland University (Brisbane, Australia), Curtin University, University of South Australia (Perth, Australia), Michigan State University (East Lansing, USA), Saitama University, (Tokyo, Japan), Feng Chia University (Taichng, Taiwan), Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York, (York, UK).
She has over 100 research publications, conference papers, and proceedings to her name, which includes 33 high impact factor peer-reviewed international publications (with RG score of 27.84 and 613 citations), four patents, and three book chapters. Major research achievements include bioremediation, treatment of waste stream, spent effluent, microbial production of biofuels and bio-commodities, algal production of value added biopigments, and biogas production from organic waste.