The University of Nottingham, UK
Currently, I am working as Marie Curie Fellow at Synthetic Biology Research Centre, The University of Nottingham, UK. I am working in the area of Biorefinery using Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology tools for the sustainable production of biofuels and biochemicals through second generation biorefinery. So far I have published 19 research articles, two book chapters and two review articles. I have done my PhD (Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology) and M.Sc (Chemistry) from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. I have more than 13 years of research experience including my PhD and 5 year Post-Doctoral experience (France, S Korea, UK). In last 13 years, I got exposed to various areas of Biotechnology; Biochemical Engineering, Microbial Fermentations, Plant cell Technology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Metabolic Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology. I worked on different biological systems; fungal, yeast and bacterial and carried out research in multidimensional projects aiming at “Development of low cost, energy efficient and sustainable Bioprocesses for production of Biofertilizers, Biopesticides, Biofuels and Biochemicals”.
The 2,3-butanediol (BDO) is produced as a major byproduct during the production of 1,3- propanediol (PDO) from glycerol under limited aeration conditions by Klebsiella pneumoniae. In thepresent study, The BDO pathway genes, budA, budB, budC and budO (whole-bud operon), were deleted from K. pneumoniae J2B ΔldhA and the mutants were studied for glycerol metabolism and alcohols (PDO, BDO) production. Only the budO deletion mutant could completely abolish BDO production, but it exhibited serious reduction in cell growth and PDO production. By modifying culture medium such as increasing buffering capacity (from 29 mM phosphate to 100 mM phosphate) and adding bicarbonate (50 mM), the performance of the budO deletion mutant could be recovered to a similar level of the base strain (91.1 mM PDO under microaerobic condition) on flask scale. However, in fed-batch bioreactor experiment, the budO deletion mutant produced significantly less PDO (502 mM) than the base strain (753 mM). In addition, the budO deletion mutant produced significant amount of pyruvate (>73 mM) and lactate (>38 mM). The low PDO production in K. pneumoniae J2B ΔldhAΔbudO was attributed to the accumulation of glycolytic intermediates such as dihydroxyacetone and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, which are highly inhibitory to glycerol dehydratase.