Nature Poddar

Nature has graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Biotechnology from P.E.S. Institute of Technology (Bangalore, India) in 2012. With All-India-Rank of 34 in GATE-2013 (Biotechnology), she pursued Master’s degree in Agricultural Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur).

Currently, she is a postgraduate researcher in the Algae Processing Group (APG) of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at The University of Melbourne. Her research is supervised by Dr Gregory Martin (University of Melbourne) and Prof Ramkrishna Sen (IIT Kharagpur).

Her research mainly focuses on the effect and utilization of glycerol as a carbon source for the mixotrophic growth of algae and lipid accumulation. The project aims to reduce the overall cost of algal-biodiesel production by using process’ by-product (glycerol) in growing algae.