Background and activities

I am a PhD researcher at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science. I have multidisciplinary research interests that invloves microbiology, molecular biology and materials science. In my masters I worked on synthesizing various nanocomposites having antibacterial activity and characterizing them using high-end techniques such SEM, TEM, FT-IR, Zeta-potential. 

Currently I am studying nanoparticles-bacteria interaction with the aim to deveop biobased reagents for the separation of fine mineral particles. I am working with an industrially important microorganism Rhodococcus opacus, its modification via genetic engineering and naturally through adaptation to the inhibitory components. The surface properties of the cells are changed when they are exposed to the stressed conditions, my research involves studying these changes. 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

Part of book/report

  • Jain, Garima; Havskjold, Håkon; Dhar, Priyanka; Ertesvåg, Helga; Chernyshova, Irina; Kota, Hanumantha Rao. (2020) Green foam-based methods of mineral and ion separation. Multidisciplinary Advances in Efficient Separation Processes.


  • Havskjold, Håkon; Jain, Garima; Dhar, Priyanka; Ertesvåg, Helga; Chernyshova, Irina; Kota, Hanumantha Rao. (2019) Toward sustainable recovery of Rare Earth Elements: Separation of CeO2 and Fe2O3 nanoparticles using biosurfactants. Norwegian NanoSymposium 2019 ; Trondheim. 2019-09-16 - 2019-09-17.