Soumesh Padhi, Postdoctoral Associate


  • MSc in Biotechnology, Utkal University, Odisha, India
  • PhD in Biotechnology, Utkal University, Odisha, India

Research Area of Interest

My research is motivated by the keen quest to understand molecular behavior towards an organizational physiology by microorganisms, and how they function as an essential organ by modulating different metabolism on their own as well as their surrounding through gradual evolution. This encourages me to be a traveler of unexplored world of science.

My research is focused on bacterial involvement in the geochemical cycle, such as nitrogen and carbon and more specifically heterotrophic nitrification and denitrification. The work was involved in isolation and characterization with practical application of heterotrophic bacterial strain for wastewater bioremediation. The study of microbial population dynamics using a metagenomic approach was one of the major objectives of my past research. My research spectrum has expanded towards the synthesis of different metal and metal oxide nanoparticles, examining the antibacterial properties of synthesized nanoparticles and use of nanoparticles as feed additives to increase growth, muscle micronutrient content and immunity in fish.

AIS Research

Discovery of novel viruses from invasive fish and zebra mussels for the purpose of better understanding the ecology of viral communities and exploration of pathogens for the biocontrol of invasive species. This will include:

  • Collecting apparently healthy invasive carp and mussel species in the Midwest region
  • Collecting samples from mortality events of native and invasive fish and mussel populations in the Midwest region
  • Conducting virus discovery by next generation sequencing and culture potential pathogens
  • Determining the disease causing potential of two selected viruses, one for native and invasive fish and the other for native and invasive mussels

AIS Species of Study