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Geetika Joshi

geetika_joshiGraduate Student

3243 Plant and Environmental Sciences


B.Sc. Microbiology, University of Delhi, India, 2005

M.Sc. Microbiology, University of Delhi, India, 2007

Research Projects

My project aims to look at the regulation of expression of MTBE-biodegradation pathway genes of the bacterium Methylibium petroleiphilum PM1. This organism has the unique capability to mineralize Methyl-tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE), a groundwater contaminant in California, and I am studying the genetic regulation of this pathway. I am also studying the abundance of these degradation genes in MTBE-contaminated environmental samples.

Research Interests

Microbial Ecology, Bacterial Genetics and Physiology

Awesome classes new students must take

SSC 105/205 A Field Survey of California Soils (two weeks of camping and getting your hands dirty all across the state – highly recommended! :) )

SSC 111 Soil Microbiology and SSC 211 Advanced Soil Microbiology, where you can learn a lot about microorganisms in soil and various methods used to study them.

SSC 219 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry

ETX 214 Mechanisms of Toxic Action 
PLP 40 Edible Mushroom Cultivation