Dr. Babu Z. Fathepure
Associate Professor - Department of Microbology and Molecular Genetics
Research in Babu Fathepure’ s lab focuses on aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation petroleum hydrocarbons in hypersaline environments. We use genome-based tools to characterize hydrocarbon degrading microbial communities and their metabolic capacity. We seek to isolate novel hydrocarbon degrading bacteria and archaea and study their ecology, physiology and molecular mechanisms of hydrocarbon degradation at elevated salinity. Also, our lab explores degradation of plant lignin using bacteria and fungi for enhanced saccharification and efficient biofuel production. We use genomic and proteomic approach to understand lignin-active genes and proteins (enzymes) involved in the delignification of plant biomass.