One Research Associate (RA) position is immediately available to work in Yeast Biofuel Group in a DBT sponsored project. The project involves Yeast genome engineering, Genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics and fermentation.
Candidate with prior research experience of working with Yeast using molecular biology tools and techniques is desirable. Initially, this position is available for the period of one year and based on the performance of the candidate can be further extended till the project duration.
About Yeast Biofuel Group
Microbial cell factories are excellent alternative for manufacturing bio-based chemicals including biofuel molecules. The advantage of microbial cell factories is that they can use low-value materials (agricultural waste) as a carbon source for growth and desired product synthesis. Thus, microbial cell factories have the potential to make a major contributions to the circular economy by extracting value from current waste streams.
To this end the research group is exploiting synthetic biology and metabolic engineering approaches to develop yeast strains with a broad range of sugars (C5 and C6), utilisation capabilities and synthesising value-added compounds such as Xylitol, xylooligosaccharides, bio-alcohols and FAEE.
In any microbial cell factory substrates have to be taken up and the product exported (efflux system). The translocation of molecules across membranes requires the action of transporters. Membrane transporters are the gatekeepers of the cell controlling what is allowed in and out. We are elucidating the mechanism of substrate recognition and transport of foreign molecules by membrane bund transporters.
A second interest of the Group is in the field of Multi-drug resistance (MDR) research, with particular reference to fungal drug resistance. The laboratory is exploring role of epigenetic markers and molecular mechanisms of transcriptional control of gene regulation in human fungal pathogen such as Candida albicans, Candida glabrata and Candida auris.
Ph.D. in Life Sciences/Biotechnology/ Biosciences or in any other discipline.
How to apply?
Interested candidates can submit their full, updated Curriculum Vitae with a detailed description of research experience along with two references by October 2, 2020, via email to Dr. Naseem Gaur Email: biofuelicgeb[at]gmail.com.