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Mr. Sunanda Mishra | Microplastic and Microfiber Pollution | Young Scientist Award

PhD Research Scholar | College of Basic Science and Humanities, OUAT | India 

👩‍🔬 Short Bio:

Sunanda Mishra, born on November 4th, 1995, is a passionate researcher specializing in environmental microbiology and biotechnology. She is dedicated to studying the impact of synthetic microfibers on aquatic ecosystems and exploring sustainable solutions for environmental pollution.



📚 Education:

Sunanda completed her schooling from S.D. Girls’ High School in Dhenkanal, Odisha, excelling with 85.33% in her 10th grade. She pursued her higher secondary education at M.G.M. Jr. College, Pubasasan, Uttara, Bhubaneswar, and graduated with a B.Sc. in Botany from College of Basic Science and Humanities, OUAT, Bhubaneswar. She furthered her education with a PG in Botany and M.Phil in Life Sciences from Rama Devi Women’s University, Bhubaneswar. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Botany at College of Basic Science and Humanities, OUAT, focusing on environmental biotechnology.

💼 Experience:

With a keen interest in teaching, Sunanda served as a Lecturer in Botany at Gayatri +3 Science College from February 2020 to September 2021. She has also earned a Post Graduation Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA), enhancing her skills in computational analysis and research.

🔬 Research Interests:

Sunanda’s research primarily revolves around the detection, characterization, and remediation of synthetic microfibers and other environmental pollutants using microbial biotechnology. Her current focus includes the isolation of indigenous microbial strains for biodegradation of microplastics in contaminated environments.

🏆 Awards:

Throughout her academic and professional journey, Sunanda has received recognition for her outstanding contributions to environmental science and microbiology. She actively participates in conferences and workshops to present her research findings and innovative solutions.

📖 Publications:

Marine microfiber pollution: A review on present status and future Challenges, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2019.

Isolation and identification of Lead (Pb) solubilising bacteria from automobile waste, Geomicrobiology Journal, 2019.

Solar Photovoltaic Panels as next generation waste: A Review, Biointerface Research in Applied Chemistry, 2019.

Antibacterial Activity Assessment of Native Fungus Isolated from Chromite Mines of Sukinda, Odisha, International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), 2019.

Synthetic microfibers: Pollution toxicity and remediation, Chemosphere, 2020.

Synthetic microfibers: Source, transport and their remediation, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 2020.

Microbial Colonization and Degradation of Microplastics in Aquatic Ecosystem: A Review, Geomicrobiology Journal, 2021.

Recent Advances in Sensor-Based Detection of Toxic Dyes for Bioremediation Application: a Review, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2021.

A Review on Heavy Metal Ion Adsorption on Synthetic Microfiber Surface in Aquatic Environments, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2022.

Detection, characterization and possible biofragmentation of synthetic microfibers released from domestic laundering wastewater as an emerging source of marine pollution, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2022.

Microbial remediation of plastic pollutants generated from discarded and abandoned marine fishing nets, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews, 2022.

A Critical Review on the Recovery of Base and Critical Elements from Electronic Waste-Contaminated Streams Using Microbial Biotechnology, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2023.

Aquatic Microbial Diversity on Plastisphere: Colonization and Potential Role in Microplastic Biodegradation, Geomicrobiology Journal, 2023.

Microfiber pollution and its microbial mitigation: A review on current trends and future prospects, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2023.

Detection, characterization and possible biofragmentation of synthetic microfibers released from domestic laundering wastewater as an emerging source of marine pollution, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2023.

Microbial degradation of polyester microfibers using indigenously isolated bacterial strain Exiguobacterium Sp., CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water, 2024.

📚 Conference Publications:

How our garments are polluting marine environment and the food chain?, National workshop on “Emerging Trends in Life Sciences for Sustainable Development”, 2019.

Synthetic microfleece pollution and its possible solutions for cleaner environment, National Conference on Green Technology for Clean Environment, 2019.

Treatment of the wastewater polluted with synthetic microfiber released from washing machine, ICRDSI 2020.

Synthetic Microfiber Pollution: An imperceptible threat to our environment, National Seminar on Sustainable Development With Women Empowerment, 2022.

Synthetic Microfiber pollution in aquatic environments and its management, International Conference on Recent Trends in Biotechnology 2022 (ICRTB).

Molecular identification of polymer degrading bacteria from Dharmasala canal of Sukinda mining area and their application in synthetic microfiber degradation, International Conference on Bioprocess for Sustainable Environment and Energy, 2022.

Role of synthetic textile garments in marine microfiber pollution, 2nd International Symposium on Marine Science and Technology for Young Scientists and Postgraduates, 2022.

Role of Disposable Face Masks (DFMs) on Environmental Microplastic Pollution, National conference on “Science & Technology for Sustainable World”, 2023.

Effect of synthetic microfiber pollution and its possible remediation strategies, International Webinar on Microplastic Pollution, 2023.

Microbial remediation of synthetic microfiber fleece using indigenously isolated Exiguobacterium Sp., 3rd International Conference on Frontiers in Biological Sciences, 2023.

📚 Book Chapters:

Emerging microfiber pollution and its remediation, Microbial biotechnology and Environmental issues/ Remediation, Springer Nature, 2020.

Bioreactor (MBR) as an Advanced Wastewater Treatment Technology for Removal of Synthetic Microplastics, Development In Wastewater Treatment Research And Processes, ELSEVIER, 2022.

Current treatment technologies for removal of microplastic and microfiber pollutants from wastewater, Wastewater Treatment- Cutting Edge Molecular Tools, Techniques, ELSEVIER, 2023.

Treatment of the Wastewater Polluted with Synthetic Microfiber Released from Washing Machine, Recent Developments in Sustainable Infrastructure, Springer, 2022.

Microbial Remediation of Synthetic Microfiber Contaminated Wastewater, Microbial Technologies in Industrial Wastewater Treatment, Springer, 2023.

Microplastic Pollution: Harmful effects and Possible Bioremediation strategies, Impact of Covid-19 Waste on Environmental Pollution and Its Sustainable Management, Springer, 2023.

Understanding SARS-CoV: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, as a re-emerging infection, Impact of Covid-19 Waste on Environmental Pollution and Its Sustainable Management, Springer, 2023.

Insights into the sources, pathway and synthetic microfibers accumulation in different aquatic ecosystems, Decarbonization of Wastewater Pollutants as a Sustainable Solution, Elsevier.


Sunanda Mishra | Microplastic and Microfiber Pollution | Young Scientist Award

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