This course prepares the student to address pressing environmental challenges by developing a fundamental understanding of the microbial communities and processes in natural and built environments. It lays and builds upon the foundation of basic microbiology, microbial energetics, and diversity, to applying tools provided by microbiology ranging from traditional to state of art for addressing relevant environmental concerns. It provides an indepth exploration of the diverse role microbes and microbial communities and includes topics such as: cell structure and elements, microbial energetics and diversity, ecology and population dynamics, environmental microbial processes including biogeochemical cycling, and microbes involved in biodeterioration and bioremediation.
Dr. Gargi Singh is currently working at the interface of microbiology and environmental engineering at IIT Roorkee to address environmental challenges of pathogen ingress in water distribution network and environmental proliferation of antibiotic resistance. In her doctoral research, she applied molecular biology tools including quantitative polymerase chain reaction, isolation, selection, high-throughput sequencing on pyrosequencing and Illumina based platforms, and metagenomics to investigate biodegradation of petroleum and nanocellulose, and sequestration of heavy metals. She is also faculty member of Centre of Nanotechnology at IIT Roorkee, where she is currently teaching environmental statistics and environmental implications of nanotechnology.