Ms. Pamela Bhattacharya

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellow
Field of Specialization: Energy, specially Alternative and Renewable Energy
Name: Ms. Pamela Bhattacharya
Official Address and Designation:  Senior Research Fellow 
Jadavpur University
Raja S.C. Mullick Road
Kolkata 700 032  
West Bengal
Telephone (O): 91-9831696985       
Duration of Grant: Nine Months
Project Title: Structural-Biological Study on Metal Reduction by a Thermophilic Gram-Positive Bacterium for Electricity Generation
Abstract of Project :
My research focuses on the potential application of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) for the generation of electricity. Certain Micro-organisms oxidize organic compounds and transfer the available electrons to the anode thus generating electricity. The mechanism of such extracellular electron transfer, to either insoluble metal oxides or electrodes, particularly by gram-positive bacteria, is not yet clearly understood. Our laboratory has isolated a novel gram-positive thermophilic bacterium from an Indian hot spring that can reduce some metal oxides anaerobically at 600C and is likely to be useful in MFC. The objective of my Fulbright research project is to purify and determine the structure of relevant proteins to elucidate the mechanism(s) of electron transfer by this organism.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. Biotechnology Jadavpur University, Kolkata 2007– till date
M.Sc. Biotechnology Jadavpur University, Kolkata 2007
B.Sc. Chemistry University of Calcutta 2005
Professional Background:
Research Scholar Jadavpur University 2007--till date
Ms. Pamela Bhattacharya