Prachi Varshney

PhD Student


Prachi studied Masters in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi, India. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student in IITB Monash Research Academy, a joint venture between Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India and Monash University. Her research work is focused on biofixation of carbon dioxide present in the industrial flue gas emissions, through microalgae based processes. She is working on some extremophilic green algal strains, which are locally isolated from the effluent water of oil / steel industries in India and which have high temperature, high light and high CO2 tolerance ability. She also investigates the effect of these stress conditions on the macromolecular composition of algae and her focus is now leaning towards, testing the impact of other flue gas components such as SOx and NOx, on the growth and photosynthetic apparatus of algae under direct sunlight and outdoor climatic conditions.