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I always believe in the phrase: “the earth does not belong to us, we
belong to earth”. It is accordingly our duty to protect this planet.
Biotechnology is the field that has touched our life in all perspectives like
sustenance, wellbeing and creature. I want to be an element of innovation in
this field and beget a better tomorrow for everyone. To do this, I need to
equip myself with integral knowledge which a fellowship program like yours can
provide. I envisage this fellowship as the right stepping stone to accomplish
my career goals. 

The field of Biotechnology has always fascinated me from my childhood. From my
school days, I have always been beguiled by biology so much that it reflected on
my grades. I had an outstanding academic record
throughout my school life. I always stood among the meritorious students in my
class. I secured 9 CGPA in my 10th grade and stood school
second in my 12th grade with 92.6%.

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My
constant urge to learn, explore and an appetite to be part of the fast growing
advancements in the science have been instrumental in sparkling an interest in
me for an undergraduate study in biotechnology. My undergraduate program not only
provided a strong and comprehensive background but also offered good lab
programs which acted as a catalyst to my desire of assimilating the maximum
from the coursework. The curriculum touched several
aspects of Biotechnology with special emphasis on Biochemistry, Molecular
Biology, Cell   Biology, Bioinformatics, Genetic
Engineering, Immunology, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioprocess      engineering,   Plant Biotechnology and basic chemical engineering concepts. My
professors were highly appreciative of my performance both in academics and in
the practical field and I have continued being the department topper from my 1st
semester till now and this has got me scholarships.

 

My first internship at CSIR-NEERI under the guidance of
Dr.T.Rajesh has introduced me to environmental microbiology and molecular
methods to study microbial processes with reference to toxic metal remediation. This
steered my interest in research and also helped me to streamline my field of
interest towards Environmental biotechnology particularly: Bioremediation, Industrial waste
management, Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics.  During my research internship, I worked on
“Genomic Analysis of Mercury Resistant
Environmental Bacteria for Identification of Genes Encoding Organomercurial
Lyases” for a period of 6 months. This experience
was enriching, as it allowed me to view directly all the theory learned in my
classes in a practical manner. From the internship, I have gotten a sight on
how meticulously lab works along with the anxiety of anticipation and pure
exhilaration of a positive result. This experience further enhanced my zeal to
be a part of a laboratory where cutting edge research is performed.

 

To further nourish my research interest in
Environmental Biotechnology, I joined Biomolecules
and Biocatalysis lab, SRM Institute of Science and Technology(formerly
named as SRM University) and started working on “Biodegradation of bottom tank oil sludge from petroleum oil refining
industry using Biosurfactant and biocatalysts”(from august 2017 till present)
under the guidance of Dr.K.Ramani. It was at that particular moment when the
theoretical knowledge gained helped me to identify problems and provide innovative
solutions. This has indeed enhanced my problem analysing and solving skills and
I am now adept to plan, design and perform experiments that suit my research.

 

For a holistic educational experience, I believe
that going beyond the precincts of classroom are as important as core academic
excellence. As an outcome of my research at CSIR-NEERI, I have presented two papers in “International conference on environment, genes, health & diseases-2017”,
India. I have also submitted an abstract for national symposium on “emerging environmental challenges: an
engineering approach” which is to be held on 16th February 2018
at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, India. Out of my desire to explore more, I completed a course in “prospects
in pharmaceutical industry” which made me aware of the problems faced by
pharmaceutical industry to dispose waste.

 

I have penned down few ideas based on my past
experience in research

A. Extraction of Rare sugar producing enzymes from isolates of confectionary
waste products.

B. Metagenomic analysis of cyanobacterial community from cyanobacterial
blooms.

C. Recovery of metals from e -waste or low grade ores by
bioleaching.      

 

I believe these ideas are feasible and would help in exploring novel
community of microbes for bioremediation of wastes and recovery of useful
products

I have an ardent curiosity for probing deep
into Environmental Microbiology, and this has motivated me to apply for this
program. My ultimate aim is to utilize my knowledge in a productive manner and
apply biological aspects for the development of environment. I believe that I
will receive this through such a fellowship program where working under a
researcher’s guidance would aid in moulding myself into a better researcher
making significant contributions to the scientific community. Understanding the
real scenario in the defined field will help me acquire an in-depth knowledge
and keep me tuned in with the latest developments. To realize these dreams
I need to broaden my horizons, receive both training and guidance.

I’m aware that the universities in US offer a great scope for intellectual and
academic development. For this reason I sincerely hope that by associating with
your Universities, I will be able to learn and explore new techniques under the
tutelage of experts in this field. It will help me reach my career goals and
bring up new successful solutions for the problems and faced in this field
thus leading to a better future.

 

 

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