Basic and Applied Microbiology
The objective of Plan Program V is to investigate microbes using various molecular as well as genomic tools. The microbes being investigated include those which cause diseases, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, those that can be used to degrade complex environmental pollutants and finally those that are found in various environmental niches such as geothermal vents. A major component of our research is to trace the evolutionary origins of microbes and their genes, particularly those that are associated with novel functions. Using methods that include sequencing of genomes and metagenomes considerable insight into complex metabolic pathways that are environmentally and evolutionary important have been unraveled.
Faculty members associated with this programme: