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Designation: Assistant Professor

Department: Botany

Type of Appointment: Regular

Email Address: pujasakhalkar@carmelcollegegoa.org

Educational Qualifications: M.Sc., Ph.D., SET.

Years of Teaching Experience: 4 years

Subjects Taught: Biodiversity I(Microbes, Algae, Fungi and Bryophytes), BiodiversityII(Vascular Plants), Plant Anatomy and Embryology, Plant Physiology, Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry, Cytogenetics and Plant Breeding, Floriculture & Herbal Technology.

Areas of Interest: Fungal Taxonomy and Myco-Prospecting

Research Papers Published/Presented (Paper title, Publication Name/Conference Name, page number, volume, month and year):

 Peer-reviewed Journals:

  1. Singh S.M., Gawas-Sakhalkar P., Naik S., Ravindra R., Sharma J., Upadhyay A.K., Mulik R.U. &Bohare P. (2015) Elemental composition and bacterial incidence in firn-cores at MidreLovénbreen glacier, Svalbard. Polar Record 51: 39-48, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247413000533
  2. Singh S.M., Sharma J., Gawas-Sakhalkar P.,Upadhyay A.K.,Naik S., Pedneker S.M &Ravindra R. (2012). Atmospheric deposition studies of heavy metals in Arctic by comparative analysis of lichens and cryoconite. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185(2): 1367-1376, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-012-2638-5
  3. Singh S.M., Sharma J., Gawas-Sakhalkar P.,Upadhyay A.K., Naik S., Bande D. &Ravindra R. (2012). Chemical and bacteriological analysis of soil from the middle and late Weichselian from Western Spitsbergen, Arctic. Quaternary International 271: 98–105, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2012.03.008
  4. 4.Gawas-Sakhalkar P.,Naik S. & Singh S.M. (2012) High temperature optima phosphatases from psychrotrophic Arctic fungus, Penicilliumcitrinum. Polar Research 31: 11105, https://doi.org/10.3402/polar.v31i0.11105
  5. Gawas-Sakhalkar P.& Singh S.M. (2011) Fungal community associated with Arctic moss, Tetraplodonmimoides and its rhizosphere: bioprospecting for production of industrially useful enzymes. Current Science 100: 1701-1705, https://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/100/11/1701.pdf
  6. Gawas-Sakhalkar P.&Bhat D.J. (2010) Mycoflora associated with medicinal plant, Aeglemarmelos. Kavaka 37: 65-74.
  7. Gawas P.&Bhat D.J. (2007) Vittaliaindica gen. & sp. nov.andHelicomaindicum sp. nov.from the forests of northeastern India. Mycotaxon, 100: 295-303, http://www.mycotaxon.com/vol/abstracts/100/100-295.html
  8. Singh S.M., Puja G.&Bhat D.J. (2006) Psychrophilic fungi from Schirmacher Oasis, East Antarctica. Current Science, 90: 1388-1392.
  9. Gawas P. &Bhat D.J. (2005) Vamsapriyaindica gen. et sp. nov., a bambusicolous, synnematous fungus from India. Mycotaxon 94: 149-154, http://www.mycotaxon.com/vol/abstracts/94/94-149.html
  10. Puja G.,Shenoy B.D., Hyde K.D. &Bhat D.J. (2005) Echinosphaeriamacrospora sp. nov., teleomorph of Vermiculariopsiellaendophytica sp. nov.CryptogamieMycologie 27: 1-11, http://sciencepress.mnhn.fr/sites/default/files/articles/pdf/cryptogamie-mycologie2006v27f1a2.pdf
  11. Pratibha S.J., Puja G., Shenoy B.D., Hyde K.D. &Bhat D. J. (2005) Chalaraindicaspnov.andSorocybeindicus sp. nov.from India. CryptogamieMycologie 26: 97-103, http://sciencepress.mnhn.fr/sites/default/files/articles/pdf/cryptogamie-mycologie2005v26f2a2.pdf

Conference Proceedings:

  1. Bhat D.J., Pratibha J., Gawas P., Sarita K.Y. &Swapnaja D. (2009) Diversity of microfungi in the forests of Western Ghats in Goa and surrounding regions. In: Plant and Fungal Biodiversity and Bioprospecting (Eds. Krishnan S. and Bhat D.J.). Goa University, pp. 117-133.

Extracurricular activities/hobbies: Gardening and making herbal soaps.