Link to student’s project: IMURA0911
Sarthak Saxena is a keen researcher with engineering know-how and has had an inclination towards research since his high school days. He has completed his diploma in agricultural engineering from a Government polytechnic. This learning curve transcribed him into developing a novel low-cost raised bed cultivation under poly and shed net with drip irrigation system for the cultivation of fruits, vegetable, medicinal, and flower plant varieties in the tropical region with high day temperatures during his diploma. Further, he pursued his B.Tech. in biochemical engineering from B.T. Kumaon Institute of Technology, Dwarahat. Here he worked on the isolation of bacterial and fungal strains from a hilly tract of Uttarakhand Himalaya for degrading lignocellulosic pine needles for biofuel production. Whilst during his master's in biochemical engineering from the Netaji Subhash University of Technology Delhi, he has worked on the Production and characterization of plant rennet-based Feta cheese jointly at NSUT and National Dairy Research Institute ICAR Karnal. His latest work profile as a research scholar at the DBT Center of Energy Biosciences, Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai focused on fermentation intensification. His research tenure at Govind Ballabh Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, Almora as a Research scholar revolved around PPCPs removal from pine needle-based activated and biological activated carbon. Sarthak has been awarded the Rajyapuraskar, State Science Excellence Award, and Child Scientist Award twice, for his early carrier research works from his higher secondary education. Besides, for his research work during graduation and master's, he has been awarded the Best Research Award twice as well. He has attended several national and international conferences and has many research publications to his credit. Currently, he is working on "SERS detection of pathogens in water" under the joint supervision of Prof Shobha Shukla and Prof Sumit Saxena from IIT BOMBAY and Prof Bayden Wood and Prof Don McNaughton from Monash University. He enjoys poetry writing, singing, acting, ankring, painting, and cooking. For more info, you can visit https://biochemiwriter.wixsite.com/bcfe
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