Coming from Chandigarh, a city picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivalik’s in northwest India, I, with a background in microbiology, cannot imagine myself doing anything else than exploring the world of bacteria and writing about them. I completed my Ph.D. in May 2022 as a Chemical and Biological Engineer with the South Dakota School of Mines. My Ph.D. research focused on bioprospecting extremophiles for executing a single-pot consolidated fermentation process for synthesizing Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics from locally sourced Agri-materials without prior pretreatments and characterizing chemical, thermal, and mechanical properties of biopolymers. Besides, my Ph.D. endowed me with desirable knowledge and skills to perform genome editing of thermophiles and execute systems biology (transcriptomics, metabolomics, and epigenetics) to identify valuable enzymes, proteins/metabolites, and pathways. As part of the postdoctoral role in the NSF RII T2 BioWrap project, I am keen to develop methods to functionalize PHA with lectins and other signaling molecules, preserve the activity of biomolecules, and study their release kinetics as the film degrades. I am also excited to work on decoding the metabolic networks (genetic pathways and key signaling quorum sensing responses) and Rules on Life that regulate nitrogen fixation in soybean fields.
Website: Tanvi Govil – Microbiologist with proficiency in Molecular Biology