Dr Tushar Kaushik

Name : Ajay Chandrakant Lagashetti

Designation : Ph.D. Scholar (CSIR-SRF)

Brief Background :

He is a native of Solapur, Maharashtra, and completed his B.Sc. Microbiology from D.B.F. Dayanand College of Arts & Science, Solapur, in 2014. He completed his M.Sc. in Microbiology from the Department of Microbiology, S.P. Pune University, Pune, in 2016. He qualified CSIR-NET (AIR-69) in 2015, GATE in 2016, and MH-SET in 2017.

He worked as a JRF on a project entitled “Screening fungi for bio-control of Powdery mildew in grapes (BD-5)” at MACS, ARI, Pune. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Biotechnology on “fungal pigments and their applications in textile industries” under the guidance of Dr. S. K. Singh and Dr. P. N. Singh.

Contact Details :

His area of research work includes morphotaxonomy, molecular phylogeny, bioprospecting, and ex-situ conservation of different taxonomic groups of fungi. He is currently working on secondary metabolites of fungi, especially fungal pigments (myco-pigments), their chemical characterization and potential applications in various industries (textile, health, etc.).

He also worked on the biocontrol of powdery mildew on grapes using fungi. He has screened fungi for their different enzymes (phosphatases, proteases, etc.) production potential. He also has working experience on fungal endophytes of plants and their characterization.