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Somak Chowdhury

Associated PhD Student (IMPRS-gBGC)

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Group of PD Dr. Gerd Gleixner

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Research Interests

  • Soil microbial C dynamics
  • Soil microbial ecology
  • Metagenomics

Academic Career

Research Experience

2014-present PhD Soil Microbial Ecology & Biogeochemistry at Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany

Funded by : DAAD Scholarship

2012-2014 Project Research Fellow (DBT) at National Center for Cell Science, India.

The origins and process of microbiota development in different geographic areas: creating new nutritional tools for microbiota modulation.

2011-2012 Project Research Fellow (DBT) at National Center for Cell Science, India.

Screening of bio-molecules from bacterial diversity isolated from various ecological niches of the western ghats.

2009-2010 Jr. Research Associate at IPCA Laboratories Ltd. Mumbai


2007-2009 MSc Microbiology at University of Mumbai, India

Dissertation: "Analysis of the Existent Bacterial Biodiversity of a Hot water spring on the basis of partial 16S rRNA gene sequence."

2004-2007 BSc Microbiology (major), Chemistry and Physics at University of Mumbai, India

PhD project

PhD topic: Soil microbial metabolic responses to organic matter input

The main objective of my PhD thesis is to investigate plant microbe interactions (especially with mycorrhizae)and their effects on below-ground processes like litter decomposition and flow of fresh photosynthates into the plant associated microbiome in soil. As a part of the effort I bring together a diverse set of methodologies like stable isotope analysis, gene amplicon analysis and lipid analysis to ecologically interrogate plants and their partner microbes.


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