Name : Utkarsha Tikhole
Designation : Project Assistant
Brief Background :
I have completed five years integrated M.Sc. in Biotechnology from Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. I joined ARI for my master’s dissertation project entitled “Exploring the lipid yielding potential of freshwater diatom species – Gomphonema parvulum (Kützing) Kützing” in the Diatom: Diversity and Distribution (D3) lab. Currently I am working as a project assistant on an industrial sponsored project under the guidance of Dr. Karthick Balasubramanian.
Contact Details :
My current research primarily focuses on the isolation and cultivation of specific diatom species for use as a feed source in shrimp farming and hatcheries. Additionally, I am actively involved in the extraction and comprehensive analysis of lipids, carbohydrates, and pigments derived from microalgae, with a specific emphasis on diatoms and green algae. Furthermore, I am engaged in the identification and characterization of various microalgae species, specifically targeting diatoms and green algae.